“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”Henry Ford
I have ruminated for years about how to write this blog and how to expand it. Fear of various things have gotten in my way to writing freely. I have spent so much time thinking about failure, that I haven’t tried to reach my potential. The original version of this blog was a blog called, ” Not Just As Your Doctor.” I was so paralyzed by my own self doubt and worry that the blog didn’t make it pass the first post. The intention of that blog was to provide readers with mental health coping mechanisms in a down to earth matter. I had a plethora of negative thoughts about how informal the blog would be and how I didn’t want to be another blogging physician. I have nothing against blogging physicians, but I didn’t want to pigeonholed into a niche that I didn’t feel defined me and everything I wanted to discuss.
Then I started this blog. I started this blog to evolved into whatever it became. Thus far, I’ve highlighted my thoughts and reflections on various topics. I’ve also sprinkled in some of those coping mechanisms and mental heath nuggets that I wanted in my original blog. Now, I think the time has come that I get serious about this blog and no longer let fear stop me from making the blog I intended to make years ago. I will use this blog to share coping mechanism and simultaneously share my reflections on how it manifests in my life and could manifest in yours. I’m also going to vlog as a compliment to my posts. In the first post, I talked about the journey we’d take together. I’m finally ready to stop doing trial runs and head on the path no matter where it leads.
Many of the coping mechanism and skills I will highlight are rooted in some skills-based therapy. The fear I felt with starting this blog reminds me of the negative thoughts that are targeted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a therapy in which the interplay between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are linked. It is believed that through targeting either of those 3 properties of a situation we can effect the other properties. For example, acknowledging the fear I felt was the stepping stone to recognizing that my negative thoughts were not necessarily based in reality. Thus, I am now able to have to commence with this blog the way I intended. If this doesn’t resonate with you now, no worries. The first few blogs will discuss CBT skills and you’ll get the hang of how to use some of these skills in your life. Again, thank you for reading and I also hope you subscribe to the vlog as well.
P.S. This blog and complimentary vlog are not intended to replace therapy or medication management. If anything, I hope the skills you learn in these platforms either encourage you to get the treatment you need or empower you in your current treatment.