You can’t heal in the same environment that made you sick.
I recently heard this quote and it really struck a chord with me. How true is it?!
I think so often we wonder why we get stuck in a cycle of poor mental health and can’t break free from it.
We try therapy, mindfulness, self-care, distraction techniques and even medication to rid ourselves of our demons but we don’t look at our immediate circumstances to spot the problems.
I remember once saying to a friend that whilst all the things that caused my difficulties were still there I couldn’t ever get better. Not properly anyway.
It wasn’t ever going to be possible to change my habits and coping strategies whilst surrounded by the situations that started them.
I stand by that. I was in a toxic work environment with challenging people around me everyday. I had some triggering friends, hardship at home, a deliberate lack of professional support and secrecy weaved into my daily routine. I had to break away from all of those things before I could even start to make improvements. It just wouldn’t have happened otherwise.
So if anyone feels that they are static, unable to progress but wishing they could…maybe think about whether you can truly make changes whilst remaining in the same environment that caused you problems in the first place?