Our thoughts only have power over us if we believe them.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Despite being a mental health therapist and knowing strategies to help combat anxiety, I can't help but continue to feel anxious about the current state of our world. I'm left in shock on a daily basis by the hate, anger, hypocrisy and judgmental mentality displayed by some. Perhaps it's not so much that there is an excess of hate, but rather that it is the hate and hypocrisy that are always center stage.
Something I'm working on is being less judgmental myself. I feel very lucky to have been raised by parents who taught me to be open and accepting of all people, to thrive upon diversity and to strive to have empathy-or at least compassion-for those who cross my path. Although I may vehemently disagree with another person's viewpoint, I know I need to try to accept that they are as entitled to their opinion as I am to mine. We are, after all, the land of the free.
As most of us know, our mental health is connected directly to our physical health. The anxiety I have been feeling has had a direct impact on my journey toward a healthy weight. I'm going to strive to do the following things in order to take back control of my life:
1. I need to remember that the only person I can control is me. I am an educated, confident woman and I have the power to walk away from any conversation that causes me stress.
2. I really need to stay off of Facebook (the only social media I have). It's crazy to me that something as trivial as Facebook actually causes my blood pressure to rise so much that I get a migraine.
3. I will do daily Yoga and/or meditations. My goal is to train my brain to automatically reroute itself when I begin to focus on stress-inducing thoughts. I will remember my mantra: "My thoughts only have power over me if I believe them".
Thank you to anyone who took the time to read this blog. The writing wasn't up to my usual standard because I'm still processing a lot of complicated feelings, but I hope I expressed my thoughts accurately. Regardless of who you are and what you believe, I genuinely wish you happiness and success on your own personal journey