Our mindset consists of a set of established attitudes and beliefs that we use to make sense of the world around us; often helping to determine our place within it. What we internalize and allow to be reflected back is connected to how we deal with the ups and downs of life; which in turn is both influenced by, and dependent on how we perceive ourselves. In short, how we talk to ourselves matters.
Having occasional negative thoughts about ourselves is completely normal; being stressed, tired, frustrated or experiencing challenges and changes, etc. can contribute to developing a nitpicking and overly critical inner voice. Often a collective reflection of our feelings, negative thinking can reveal what aspects of emotional self-care we need to work on.
Life has been rather hectic lately, a significant upheaval is on the way for me personally; which, if things actually turn out as we hope, my husband and I will see a marked improvement in our lifestyle and general mental well-being. I'm choosing to focus on the possibilities of these advancements coming to fruition; and what's encouraging me to remain focused and optimistic are a collection of quotes.
The theme of Black History Month in the U.S. this year focuses on 'health and wellness'; a chance to celebrate and educate about the sacrifices, innovations and contributions of those who have made a difference in all our lives. This includes the writers, poets and storytellers who share their words of truth, guidance and love with the world.
An abundant life is one fueled by the nourishment of our mental, emotional and physical well-being. It's establishing that love, intentional joy and purpose doesn't solely come from who or what we surround ourselves with; it's the inner work that cares for our needs when we experience the ups and downs, successes and struggles that life typically cycles through.
Let’s face it, saying that life has its ups and downs is expressing it mildly. A more accurate descriptor would be there are cycles of advancement and regression, reworking and awakening, unpleasantness and pleasure, even chaos and calm; with many other experiences in-between that may make it difficult, at times, to show ourselves some kindness and understanding.
Our self-worth is something we should nurture and protect. Maintaining boundaries that reflect our authentic selves can ensure we are surrounded by people that foster genuine connections based on nurturing reciprocity.
Requiring a mood boost every now and then is completely normal; particularly during dreary, colder months or as we navigate a way through bouts of general anxiety and depression -- even pandemic depression, which so many of us are experiencing.