10 Things I Learned From Counseling

10 Things I Learned From Counseling

Counseling is for everyone - you just haven't realized it.
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Chances are, your school has a counseling center. Counseling is, without a doubt, an experience that can not be described in just a few words. Aside from whatever people may think that counseling is and what it is used for, there are many benefits to utilizing the school's counseling center. As my counselor had told me, to ease the idea (as well as the misconception) that I was crazy, counseling is a tool that you can use to better yourself as well as to better your life. Who wouldn't that? To know that there is a tool to use at your school (that is probably free as well) to better your life - down to time management and study skills. Here are the top 10 things that I have learned as a client at my school's counseling center:

1. No fear has to be faced alone.
When I first got to counseling, I was so ravaged with anxiety and fear, that I could barely get out of my bed in the mornings to function and carry out my daily tasks (hello no-shower-days). Through counseling, I have had a non-biased outlet to all of my fears, no matter how big or small. I also am given various techniques to use to solve the problems that I will face in my day-to-day life

2. Uncovering the layers to yourself is the biggest relief.
Why am I doing the things that I am doing? Am I crazy? The answer is; no, you aren't crazy; chances are, if you are like me, that you have more layers to the things that you face and feel every day. Counseling will help to peel those layers from you.

3. Friendships can always be so much stronger.
Friends come and go, but the best friends that you have will stick with you when you start counseling, which are arguably the hardest weeks of your life. Find the friends that want nothing but the best for you day in and day out.

4. People care.
Even though it might not feel like it, there is someone that genuinely cares about your well-being mentally as well as physically. There is a team of people that want nothing more than to be the ultimate resource for you to be the best you that you can imagine.

5. Checking yourself into the counseling center for the first time is the hardest thing to do.
Between the questionnaire and the hour of questions that pertain to the things that you struggle the most with in your life, there was not a time harder than admitting that I needed to do something about the black hole that I felll into.

6. There is a way out.
The darkest tunnels will still have a light at the end, Your counselor can show you this light.

7. Celebrate the little things.
Some days, I have a mini celebration simply because I was able to choke down an apple and keep it down. The little things in life are still worth fighting for.

8. Counseling can be for everyone.
Struggling with studying? This may not necessarily be the typical issue for a counseling center, but if it stems from an anxiety that you have, it may be worthwhile to see the couinselors. They can help with your schedule and talk you through the things that might distract you the most.

9. Becoming more self aware happens.
Before I started my journey through counseling, I didn't know where to begin with the problems that I waws having. Now, it is becoming easier and easier to see where these problems lie and where they are stemming from,

10. Being happy is the most important thing.
If you think that your or someone you care about is struggling, please don't hesitate to contact your school's counseling services.








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This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

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4 Ways Being Confident Can Improve Your Life

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1. You'll be glowing!

Confidence makes you look so much better because of the way it radiates off of you. Confident people can light up a room right when they walk in it. You don't have to be prettier or smarter than anyone to have this confidence; you just have to be proud of your own individual differences.

My confidence doesn't stem from the way I look or the way I preform at school or work, but from the recognition I have of my own big heart. I am confident because I know I'm kind, funny, and friendly. People can see this in me now that I'm aware of it, but I wasn't always.

2. You'll have less fear!

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If you're scared to approach someone you like, do it anyway because confident people never let fear stop them from trying.

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Feeling good about yourself is crucial to your happiness. So, stop procrastinating the hard work of falling in love with yourself and decide to stop seeing yourself in a negative light.

4. People will notice!

Being confident will change your own personal life, but it will also change the way everyone around you sees you. We are the energy we give off. Good things will start coming into your life if the energy that you are exuding is positive. Better people will be attracted to you and your confidence will be something everyone notices.

I didn't even realize how confident I had become until my friends started pointing out the way they could tell I had become a much happier person. Don't let your smiles be fake and don't walk around with a slouch when it only takes slow, little changes to make a big difference in your overall life!

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