The Line Between Self-Care and Self-Indulgence

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My therapist (man, you know you’ve lost any fucks to give when you start a blog post with those two words) has a pretty interesting policy. Actually, as far as I know it’s the same for any NHS mental health services across the UK. The policy is as follows – although I’m paraphrasing:

If you don’t turn up to an appointment without calling ahead first, you’re immediately discharged from the service. If you cancel two appointments without giving at least 24 hours of notice, you’re also discharged from the service.

When I first reached the top of the waiting list and started receiving these appointments, I was certain this policy was going to be the absolute bane of my existence. In fact, by the time of my third appointment I’d already used my one allowance as far as cancelling within 24 hours goes. This meant that for the remainder of…

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