We are all masters of practice in that we are practicing something in every moment. We commonly practice unhealthy behaviors and behaviors that are not aligned with our personal life values. If we go around all day being self-critical, we will have a very negative self-image. If we practice behaviors that make us feel good about ourselves, our self-image will be positive. When our actions are aligned with our personal values, our self-image improves. There is a simple yet powerful question that will help you shift from unconscious, destructive practices that are not aligned with your personal values to healthful ones. Throughout the day, practice asking yourself the following question: What am I practicing in this moment? The purpose of asking this question is to become aware of what you are thinking, feeling, and doing and to give yourself the opportunity to try something else that’s more likely to enhance your well-being. Continue Reading.
Originally posted on Psych Central.
It’s 4pm on a Thursday afternoon. My 12-year-old son should have been home from school 10 minutes ago, but he’s nowhere to be seen.
Straight away, my mind leaps to the worst-case scenario. He’s been knocked off his bike by a bus, and is lying at the side of the road, unconscious.
I hear an ambulance siren in the distance and my heart rate skyrockets.
It’s surely only a matter of time before the police knock at my door.
Two minutes later, my son bursts in, dumping his school bag and cycle helmet on the mat. ‘Sorry,’ he pants. ‘My bike chain came off.’
Relief overwhelms me as I realise that I’ve been catastrophising again: a thought pattern that I’m drawn into all too easily.
Originally posted on Metro.Lifestyle.
Accepting the reality of your life sounds like it should be easy enough. But many, many people hold to a different version. It may be based in regret, disappointment, denial, or just waiting for something better--a promotion, for the kids to be grown, retirement, whatever. Failing to connect with reality is why some of us have pants in the closet that haven't fit in years. More significantly, it keeps people in unfulfilling jobs or even in the wrong profession entirely.
There are few better things you can do for yourself than giving up the fictional version of your life and learning to accept yourself, your life, and your reality. Even if your situation is terrible, the first step in improving it is acknowledging it for what it is.
Here are 11 ways to cope with reality--especially the parts of reality you don't like--and here's how you can change it into a reality you do want. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Inc.com.
“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” ~Maya Angelou
I’ve suffered from anxiety and recurrent major depression for more than twenty years. Over that time, I’ve learned a number of lessons about living life and dealing with these diseases.
Two equally meaningful and powerful days from that time stand out to me.
My wedding day, fifteen years ago now, was a happy day when I was more confident and sure about what I was doing than any other.
The day that rivals my wedding day in terms of my surety of purpose came just six months ago, the day I checked myself into the hospital because I feared I was going to kill myself.
Complete opposites on the spectrum of happiness, these two days demonstrate the extreme highs and lows we can feel when we suffer from anxiety and depression. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Tiny Buddha.
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