Mental health fascinated me since I was a young child. I had an innate need to understand why people behaved in the ways that they did. So much so that, I sought out a clinical psychology degree as an adult. I value the knowledge I acquired while working toward that degree a great deal. And I wouldn’t exchange it for the world. It is thrilling to me that these posts on self-care in the mental health realm may help people. If they help, even one person, that will be more than enough reward for my efforts!
People rarely listen with the intent to hear. They contemplate their own response to what is being said to them as it is being said. FACT.
The end result of this phenomena is that, when they do respond, they very often say something that isn’t really pertinent to the conversation at hand. Something that likely distorts the meaning of what has just been said to them.
The level of payoff that comes in relation to the minimal amount of effort involved in the practice of daily affirmations is extraordinary. I hope that this post inspires some of you, who have never used this practice, to try implementing affirmations into your life. And provides a motivational boost for those of you who may have put the practice aside or are less faithful to it than they would like to be.
We all have rules we live by. Some of us may be more cognizant of them than others. But we all have them nonetheless. You’ve heard people state them many times.
“Don’t compare your insides to someone else’s outsides.”
“Don’t mistake making a living with making a life.”
“Get comfortable in your own skin.”
These, and several others, are all ‘life rules’ I respect. And I actually employ them pretty regularly in my own life. But they are not the ones that have had the most impact on me. You know, the ones that literally took my breath away for a few moments when I first heard them. Like really heard them.
Before we talk about what to do when you feel stuck, we should cover the definition of stuck as it pertains to this post.
It refers to those moments in time when you feel like your life isn’t really going anywhere, is going a little poorly, or is just plain crappy. It’s doesn’t pertain to the times that you are happy with life in general, and are just enjoying the status quo for a bit. Or, needless to say, to those times when LIFE IS GOOD!