People often ask me if I’m in counselling. I am pretty sure they are asking because I’m a counsellor, sometimes their counsellor, and I think they want to know if I practice what I preach. I don’t mind the question and I always answer truthfully that I am.
I like counselling. It helps me gather my thoughts. And to be honest, with three young children at home it’s nice to have someone who is actually listening to what I have to say.
Tuesday nights are what I like to call, "Independent Mark" nights. I go to counselling and then I go to the local recreation centre. I didn’t plan it like this but it just kind of came together. I love it. The counselling allows me to reflect on my week and how I’m doing. I’m often surprised by how much I have to say. Then it’s off to the gym for a workout and sauna.
Light workout, heavy sauna.
I really enjoy my time at the rec centre. I find it is a great way to reflect on my counselling experience and take stock of what is important to me. There is also some great people-watching to be had. For example, last week there was a group of six older men in the pool. I’m not sure, maybe some sort of social club? In any case, it appeared as though they were learning to swim and having a great laugh while they were at it. They were playing a game where all but one of them stood in a line with legs apart. The remaining participant attempted to swim through all their legs consecutively. No one ever made it. You can imagine the hilarity that ensued. So much fun, it had to be therapeutic.
I’m fortunate to get both of these activities in each week given how busy life can be. I know one or the other may not be your thing, maybe neither. However, I would strongly encourage you to find something that allows you to reflect on your life and release some of your stress. If you can build these outlets in when things are going pretty good, they’ll be there when you really need them.