What do you do when you just don't know?
And you're out of answers?
And just can't seem to think anymore?
You see the path.
You walk the stones.
You follow the yellow brick road.
If only things were as easy as the yellow brick road right???
Especially in today's world, when NO ONE seems to have answers. The CDC changes recommendations like my dad buys baseball cards or my mother updates her seasonal decorations (hint: it's a lot).
If you're wishing that just SOMEONE had the answers to tell you what to do, you're definitely not alone.
We're all there.
Personally, I never DREAMED that we would be sitting here in 2022 stressing about the pandemic and how to move forward.
Remember when it was just stay home for a couple of weeks and watch Tiger King?! HA!
So, in the state of brain fog, reactivity, and just existential exhaustion, what can help?
While I definitely don't claim to have any of the BIG answers, I do know what helps me when I get in the state of "I have no idea where to go, how to proceed, or if I'm doing the right thing"
Enter sandtray therapy.
Sandtray therapy saved me.
It saved my career, my sanity, and allowed me to love my job again. Back in the late 2000's, I was getting BURNED OUT with being a therapist. Although I was a fairly new therapist, I was seeing an extremely difficulty population, had unrealistic expectations of myself (and of others), and honestly just felt like it was all pointless.
But then I discovered sandtray therapy and I fell in love with it all again.
I fell in love with the power of transformation, the fun that both me and my clients had in the sand, but most of all I feel in love with the ease of use - I finally had a tool that allowed me to go deeper with my clients without knowing all the answers.
I felt like I had been handed the most precious 'get out of jail free' card ever. Now, through using sandtray therapy, it wasn't up to me to figure it all out and create new techniques every session out of no where.
It wasn't up to me to talk the whole session with little feedback.
It wasn't up to me to create solutions out of thin air.
Now, as the whole world is experiencing pandemic fatigue and the brain fog that seems to skirt around us all (for more on that, read this article), we need the ease and the comfort of not having to do it all.
Once again, enter sandtray therapy.
Of course, I can only speak for myself, but I know that I don't operate like I did in 2019. Just take a look at me trying to get my notes (or emails) written.