Hesitant to try Work It Out? I was too, but here's why I'm glad I did

Friday 23 March 2018

How I found the service:

WIOA ChloeI found Work It Out to be very beneficial and interesting, it gave me a much needed fresh perspective on my issues. I physically found it because I was referred by the job center, as I struggle with job searching and other life issues due to anxiety and depression. It took me a little while to actually apply for the programme, mainly because I have a bad memory, but also because I was apprehensive. I guess because I wasn't sure what it would be like, fear of the unknown.

Why I needed it:

Looking back, I wasn't sure if I needed it or if it would be helpful, which is why I initially was hesitant to sign up, but the lady I saw at the job centre encouraged me to, so I did. I have to say I'm really glad I did. It has been really brilliant to have a fresh perspective on things, which I needed because the way I thought about things and my thought processes just weren’t helpful. That's the thing about having anxiety and depression, my unhelpful thought processes were just getting me stuck in a rut. I needed to change my mindset and the way I thought about things, I still do, it's an ongoing process.

Thanks to Work It Out, and the amazing sessions with my fantastic coach, I have begun to do this and they will continue to support me where they can, when my sessions are finished (very soon).

What the experience was like:

It came at a really good time because I had a couple of job interviews which my work coach Nicky was able to help me with. So my experience was mainly Nicky helping me with my interviews and also how I would do the job. For one interview she had me view it like I knew I already got the job, so how would I prepare the day before, how I would look and feel when I got up and when I was on my way etc. For my other interview she helped me reduce my anxiety about it by helping me to view it more as a two way conversation about 'fit'. How they would think I'd fit into the job and also how I would feel about it, etc. 

We would also discuss various other topics, and Nicky would get me to look deep into them as well which was interesting, I really had to dig deep to think of some answers. That was good though because as humans our minds tend to be so rigid with what we think of, so to try and find those extra details was brilliant. I don't think I could have done it without my work coach there with me to help me find these new perspectives.

How it has helped me:

Work It Out has helped me because it's really good, interesting and different. I have sought help from other services like counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which have been helpful in their own ways. For me Work It Out coaching was good because as Nicky explained to me on our first session, coaching (what they do) is more them helping you figure out your own thoughts and feelings etc, with their guidance. 

As I have already said, it has helped me to begin to look at things from a different perspective, which is something I now see as really important to keep up. I'm going to try and continue to use the various situations and tools Nicky gave me to keep up this new found confidence. I have a bad memory and forget things but I want to get out of this rut I'm stuck in, which is what Work It Out has helped me to do. 

Thank you for reading my blog :)

Chloe

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