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Therapy Hangover


My therapy appointments are right before work, and I find myself leaving the sessions drained. My mind is still in that therapy mode and I find it hard to switch into work mode immediately after. Before work is the only time I can meet with my therapist; not sure how I can recover myself



This is such a great question! As a therapist, I've heard this from my clients. Are you able to schedule in a little self-care time between leaving your therapy session and going to work? Even a few moments to do a brief mindfulness meditation, focus on your breath and recenter yourself, perhaps journal about some key take aways from the session, and think about what you need to take care of yourself in this moment? 


I'm also wondering if you are meeting with your therapist virtually or in-person? I'm a huge fan of virtual therapy and it has made therapy far more accessible. However, one downside of virtual therapy is we are moving from the therapy session into "work mode" in a matter of seconds. In-person therapy has some built in transition time when we are physically moving from one space to the next (as well as in the waiting room before session); if you are doing virtual therapy it can be important to intentionally create that transitional space before and after sessions. I would love to hear how it goes for you!


I would recommend blocking off 15-20 mins on your work calendar as "busy" and dedicate that time to resetting and switching from therapy mode to work mode. Maybe go for a walk during that time and focus on grounding/ mindfulness, or use that time for a quick meditation. Hope that helps!


Yes.   It’s hard to switch over from healing brain to working brain.   If you have a commute - that’s good.  Otherwise, as said def build in some me time.  Walk around parking lot or drive to a park on your way to work.  Then walk, or cry or scream or meditate for a few minutes.   Set a timer.  Then off to work.   But def build in a buffer time to allow therapy to work for you.  Good luck with your new plan.