A problem shared is a problem halved
*A Problem Shared is a Problem Halved*
I recently asked a client what she needed when she was upset about something. She said she needed to get the thoughts out of her head, a safe space to say the words out loud. She simply needed to let out what was on her mind that had been causing her distress. All I had to do was listen with compassion and hold the space for her to talk without needing to ask questions or offer any solutions.
The simple act of saying the words out loud changed how she felt about the situation. It had been built up in her mind to something that felt overwhelming and impossible to overcome. When she said it out loud, I could see the power being taken away from her thoughts. Her energy changed, her shoulders relaxed, her breathing slowed down, and she could return to a neutral state.
She was able to step back and see the thoughts for what they were, thoughts, not facts. Talking without getting into a discussion about what to do next meant the words that held the energy of her thoughts could dissipate and lose their power.
It’s so true, a problem shared is a problem halved.
What problem do you have that you would like to get out of your mind? I am here to hold the space for you to do just that.
Ps: The second part of that old proverb is “A joy shared is a joy doubled”
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