A Simple Yet Powerful Lesson from My Psychologist

Aga Byrczek
Mind Talk
Published in
2 min readJun 10, 2024

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Scrabble tiles spell “Start Making Changes”.
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Currently, I’m struggling with anxiety and PTSD and have been in therapy for quite some time. As always, some things work for you, some don’t, and some take time to understand their importance.

Last night, while watching Back to Black, a movie about Amy Winehouse, it hit me, and I started taking notes in the cinema. I understood the importance of the recent homework from my psychologist.

The task was simple: try something new every day. These could be very simple things, like cooking a meal you haven’t tried yet or haven’t made in a while, or choosing a different route to work or anywhere you need to go.

This made sense to me. The idea was to gently nudge my brain out of its comfort zone and stimulate my neurological system, which has been quite unbalanced. Engaging in new activities can elevate levels of serotonin, endorphins, oxytocin, and dopamine, hormones that improve mood, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being.

So, like a responsible student, I started doing my homework. Small things like visiting a new coffee shop for my morning coffee, trying new foods (delicious!), and attending social gatherings I would normally avoid. I haven’t seen much improvement yet, but sometimes it takes time.

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Aga Byrczek
Mind Talk

I write about social issues, mental health, fat phobia and micro aggressions. My mission is to raise awareness by writing ✊🏼 www.agabyrczek.eu