“To show you the way back from dark places into which you have strayed. To show you the way forward through dark places into which you must go.”
—Terry Brooks, Antrax
When mental health struggles arise, it can feel like we are enveloped in darkness. Some people say that life turns a dismal grey. Others manage to feel lonely in a room full of people they love and are loved by. You may begin to doubt yourself, even feel crazy at times. And those places that once brought you solace become gossamer threads of memory where what remains only serves as judgement about what you can never have again: peace, hope, and happiness.
If you feel you have strayed into dark places, there is still hope. In fact, those dark places hold the very answers you may be looking for. However, answers are cheap when you feel broken and alone, but here are three ways you can find hope again as you venture back from your dark places.
The journey out of your dark places is not something you can do alone. And as moving around in the dark is bound to have some stumbles, so too will your journey of recovery and healing. Therapy can be a safe place for you to explore your emotions and relationships, your hopes and dreams, and support you as you come back from the dark places into which you have strayed.
Lee Atwood manages his private practice, Relevare Counselling, in Calgary, AB, and offers in-person and online services for mental health issues such as: sex/porn addiction, marriage and family issues, depression/anxiety, men’s issues, spirituality, and helping people on their journey of recovery and healing.