Yesterday was an awful day for me, my Wednesday started like it normally did with a yoga session which I love doing. However after my session I felt this heavy burden and dread of what day lay ahead of me.
I had my CBT appointment at 13:30 and I did not want to go. My homework was to write down the exact events that took place when my husband passed away and amazingly I had actually completed this homework on Monday. The minute I put my pen to paper my hands began shaking and I felt physically sick so I immediately stopped. I am a touch typist so I got my laptop out and started to write the events down but I was still shaking and feeling sick the entire time, it was that exact same feeling at the pit of my stomach when I had just lost my husband.
I felt proud that I had written it all down and printed it off but felt like absolute rubbish physically and emotionally. My next task was to read what I had actually written. Did I do it? Not a chance! I think it was good enough that I had actually written it down, I did not need to be subjected to reading it over and over again and reliving the whole event every single time. Apparently this is part of the therapy and it becomes easier.
My therapist said I had a skill of avoidance. I could not have agreed more. She read what I had written and immediately just sat there and went okay wow, you did extremely well writing all this down followed by have you been reading it like I asked. I laughed at her and said I have written it, you have read it and I think you're lucky you got that considering how I felt when I wrote it. Okay she said but for the next 3 weeks I want you to read this every day, I just stared at her with no expression. She then said it will get easier I promise like I was meant to believe her.
I walked out of the session feeling like someone had run over me with a bus. I was exhausted and felt like every piece of happiness that remained in me had been taken away. At that point I felt like throwing in the towel and saying that's it I'm done. I went home and just lay down on my bed staring into space, I thought this is supposed to make me feel better and I just feel worse.
So tomorrow is Friday and I haven't read that paper yet. Am I going to do it? Well if I said no then I may be cutting my nose off to spite my face so yes I am but for now I will avoid it, afterall it's a skill of mine!