One big indicator of mental health is not fearing any single thought you may have.
It’s easy to become obsessed with our thoughts – especially what we consider “negative thinking.” We try to wrestle with these negative thoughts inside our heads, or push them down so they just go away and we no longer have to think about them anymore.
But this aversion to “negative thinking” is actually a tremendous weakness.
If I’m being honest with myself, I’ve engaged in a lot of “negative thinking” over the course of my life. And many thoughts I’ve had were just downright scary, grotesque, and obscene – thoughts I probably wouldn’t want to share with anyone.
I used to believe that I had to completely eradicate this type of thinking from my life. I saw every negative thought as a symptom of my corrupt and sick mind, and I kept trying to find a cure so I’d never think a negative thought again.
However, my perspective on “negative thinking” has changed a lot since that time.
What I’ve come to realize is that it isn’t always the content of my thinking that needs to be fixed or changed, but my response to my thinking that makes all of the difference.
During the holiday season, Americans have a skyrocketing trash output of about a million extra tons of garbage every week. From food shopping to gift shopping and decorating, you can see the trash output increase in your own home. There isn’t any question that the holidays are a magical and fun time for those who celebrate.
What’s better than attending parties, buying and giving gifts, cooking up your best dishes, volunteering and sharing in a sense of community? There isn’t any other time of the year quite like it. The spirit is contagious. Gratitude is a wonderful feeling. Still, we all want to do our part to have a more eco-friendly Christmas.
Plain and simple, stress has become synonymous with our day-to- day lives.
But is that healthy?
It’s only natural to get bogged down with financial burdens and personal hardships that take their toll on us mentally; however, what happens when you have trouble bouncing back?
From home to the office and beyond, stress follows us everywhere we go and can be dangerous to our health and well-being if we allow it to build too much. The numbers don’t lie in regard to the widespread pressures of society and their potential dangers:
- 77% of the public regularly experience physical symptoms related to stress
- 33% of people believe that they are living with “extreme” levels of stress
- The annual cost attributed to stress-related health issues exceeds $300 billion
Maybe you’re tired of your job. Perhaps your romantic relationships aren’t where you want them to be. The question remains: how can you take a step back and stop being so stressed all the time?
Let’s be real, not every business or industry is exciting. Think of dry cleaners, an insurance agency, a tax office and more. These are the types of businesses that make more people say “oh,” rather than “ooh.” Yet, being sexy is not a requirement for achieving profits. Plus, every business needs a constant flow of prospects and customers.
In today’s society, that can be achieved through online content. Your blogs, web copy, social media posts and videos are methods for helping customers find out more about your business. This survey shows that 61% of customers feel better about a company that produces content on a regular basis. In fact, many prospects find out about a company through content.
Yet, how many times have you tried to write content only to realize how boring your niche is? You know you need to produce content, but how can you make it more exciting? The only way to do that is to put yourself in the shoes of your audience. You really just need to understand your readers’ pain points, then provide them with the right solutions. Here are a few tips to ensure your content is not boring.
Can you name 3 victories you’ve had in your life over the past year?
For many of us, it can be difficult to reflect on our past and recall positive memories. This is due to a strong negativity bias in our minds – which is why when we reflect on our past we often replay the negative memories and not the positive ones.
But our past can be a very healthy source of motivation and inspiration, especially if we focus on the right parts.
In Tim Ferriss’ new book Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, Ferriss shares a great tool for self improvement that he calls the “Jar of Awesome.”
The “Jar of Awesome” is a jar filled with tiny notes that remind us of our small victories and positive experiences.
Then when you find yourself down and needing an extra boost of motivation, all you need to do is pick out a random piece of paper from your “Jar of Awesome” and you’ll be instantly reminded of a positive experience from your past.