Happy 2016, one and all! And now it’s time for my annual New Year’s Resolutions directive, to include 100 that I will personally pull-off with great style and ease. Mmmm, well – no. Never been much of a NYR kind of guy. But, I will share 10 life-changing truths you can take-in to 2016. Will that work? Come on, let’s take a look…
Remember, there is but one you – and you’re stuck with him/her. You’re unique, and you can rest assured you have plenty to offer yourself – and others. Embrace, engage, emerge.
Some have brought relief, others cruel disappointment.
10 Life-Changing Truths for Those Enduring a Mood or Anxiety Disorder
As I tinkered with those zillions of remedies over the decades, I came to know and understand some life-changing truths. Yeah, concepts that at a gut-level make a mood or anxiety disorder, well, way more than tolerable and manageable.
Please accept my discoveries as a “Happy 2016!” gift, okay? And see if you can adopt and implement one or more…
- Accept your symptoms, suffering, disease, and all that comes with them. It’s all very real, isn’t it? So why deny? All that does is encourage unrealistic expectations and internal conflict. Still, always keep in mind, acceptance doesn’t equate to acquiescence.
- Make it your business to be worthy of your sufferings. Don’t waste your time lamenting them, rather allow them to contribute to a new – better, yet – you. Stand with your sufferings. Walk upright and confidently in their midst.
- No matter how bad things are, or may get, the potential for positive change (even miracles) always exists. And the goodness can occur at the blink of an eye.
- Positive change doesn’t magically happen. No, it comes as a result of ongoing, honest, and hard work.
- Struggling folk struggle less when they reach-out to struggling folk.
- Thought generates feeling and behavior. That being the case, the first point of intervention is always the thinking. Speaking of which, never underestimate the mighty defeating power of cognitive distortions.
- Always keep in mind the impact of lifestyle choices and habits. Food and beverage intake, sleep, substance use, physical activity, work and school stressors, etc. – their management is crucial.
- Find the meaning – very purpose – of your life. Why do you get-up in the morning? And the answer has to be more than “That’s just what I do.”
- Remember, there is but one you – and you’re stuck with him/her. You’re unique, and you can rest assured you have plenty to offer yourself – and others. Embrace, engage, emerge.
- Never, ever give-up. What may seem like the impossible absolutely can happen. From Thomas Edison: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
Bam! Nothing more, nothing less.
So what do you think? Can you accept at least one – or all – of the above as truth? If so, will you put them to work for you?
After all, it’s the truth that sets us free. Right?
Happy 2016, everyone. And thank you for turning to Chipur for a bit of insight and perspective. Please come back…