Sometimes I get stuck in the “grass is always greener” mindset. I am slowly learning the power I have in changing not only my mindset but also my circumstances. If I am unhappy with how my day is unraveling, I can make plans to do something I enjoy or find relaxing. When forming basic habits, studies have shown that the element of reward plays an important part. I’ve never been great at rewarding myself for accomplishing my goals. I work hard at them, beat myself up when I fall short, feel guilty when I don’t measure up, and focus on the next goal when one is accomplished. I’d like to get a little better at accepting my humanness, realizing that everyone is struggling to live up to their goals and values, and being proud when I make a step in the right direction.
I find it very sad when a mental health issue leads to someone’s death. Feeling alone with your struggles is one of the most depressing experiences. It’s tragic that we sometimes feel the need to fake our way through life, pretending that everything is okay, or as good as it could be. One of the most encouraging lessons I have learned from sharing my struggles with others is how normal I am! Let’s be honest with each other…no one should feel pressured to act like they have it all together – because none of us actually do.
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
― Lao Tzu