If you struggle with telling yourself a story that you're ugly, consider changing that story. It's painful in the extreme to think that we're too ugly to live our best lives, yet so many of us feel this way. But that's a prison we create with our minds. With some compassionate attention and a shift in viewpoint, we can unlock that prison forever.
Why is happiness so important, and is it, in fact, even sustainable? And if we were happy all of the time, how would we learn to surf the waves of our emotions, and to gracefully dance with our shadows?
When we feel that we only fit into one definition - when we believe how others define us or when we define ourselves narrowly - we lose parts of ourselves or feel that we can't give voice to parts that don't fit with that definition.
What happens when we become overly identifed with a particular symptom, experience, or diagnosis? Is it just that it's comfortable to be in that place, do others help keep us in that box, and how can we expand our understanding of ourselves and our experience?
I've seen the journey to balanced mental health from several angles: as a therapy patient and self-help book reader, as a self-help book editor, and as a person fascinated with the human mind, neuroscience, psychology, emotion, and self-growth. This blog will explore the connections between words and action, between what we know we need to do in order to remain healthy and balanced, and what we often actually do that sometimes undermines our best efforts. We will be discussing how to write about and talk about mental health issues and approaches, and the best ways to help self-help consumers and psychology clients act in their own best interests.