It might be a cliche but I quite like comparing creating a path through the jungle to our mental health.
Actual paths are created in our brains when we do something over and over again so when we try to change something, we are literally creating a new path. Fits in quite well with the jungle path, don’t you think? (Something about neurotransmitters or neurons …need to research this a bit more but I am more about the emotion than the practical side of things!)
If I imagine us standing in the jungle, knowing where we want to get to but there isn’t a path, we need to create one. Where do we start?
We’d need the right gear first – are we suitably dressed? Shorts when we know there are stinging nettles? Maybe not.
Are we setting off on this journey keeping ourselves safe from harm?
Tools; What would we need to clear things away? It might be painful to just use our hands to pull things down. What about cutting stuff away?
Are we using the right tool for the right job? And are we in the right mindset?
Self care; This applies to both the real world and the analogy, are we drinking, eating and resting enough to keep ensure we are able to do this job? Something we all too often over look when embarking on big changes. Actually, maybe the first thing that goes!
Can you think of anything to add? Trying to change things is not easy but it CAN be done. Maybe look at it as you are trying to create a new path in the jungle, maybe that will take the overwhelm away and help you to see things in a new light.
And if you need help, you know where I am <3