Here’s a quick reminder about mental health from the Bard – William Shakespeare. In his play, Hamlet, the character Polonius is advising his son, Laertes, who is about to go off into the world. He says four very important words to him:
“Young man, know thyself.”
These words unfolded into many meanings as time went on and they have become an important part of engaging in therapeutic work:
Know your limits.
Know your needs.
Know your desires.
To know oneself is the most important task we can accomplish. It allows us to unlock greater insight and understanding into ourselves.
But perhaps most importantly (for we are not only minds that need to be explored endlessly, but people) – Know when to cut yourself some slack.