Many people go through life continuously "motivating" themselves. Getting motivated to work, lose weight, overcome obstacles, change their life, start new, do something different, etc.
Nothing wrong with that per se. Motivation is a great driver for action. When it comes to mental health, it has its limits, though. Motivation is fueled by "outside" reasons.
Inspiration, on the other hand, comes from the "inside"; it comes from YOU. For optimal mental health it is crucial to have your actions be guided by both motivation AND inspiration. In fact, inspiration is more important, in the end.
This video discusses inspiration and motivation in more detail.
The most favourite Radio Station of many a client...... Quite accurate, indeed.
Welcome to Anxiety News Radio (WANR)....
Welcome to Anxiety News Radio, WANR, broadcasting inside your head twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We’re the news station you’ve grown up with and we’re the station that never sleeps. Anxiety News Radio is known for its cutting-edge coverage of all of your deep-seated fears, worries, and all that is wrong with you.
We’ll offer you round-the-clock compelling listening of doom and gloom—morning, noon, and night. Our mission is to drown out your values and keep you stuck. Our goal is to take over and control your life whenever we can. When you wake in the early hours, WANR will be there to make you aware of all the unpleasant aspects of your life, even before you get out of bed.
We’ll bring you all the things that you find most disturbing and distressing -anytime, anywhere. So don’t forget that, and if you should try to forget us or tune us out, then we’ll be sure to crank up the volume and broadcast even louder.
So, please pay attention! And remember, Anxiety News Radio knows what’s best for you -what you think and feel inside your skin can be really awful. So, just stay tuned and keep on listening.
We know how to pull you out of your life in a flash and keep you stuck. [Taken from a book on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, 2016, John P. Forsyth and Georg H. Eifert]#RadioStationInYourHead #ACT #AcceptanceAndCommitmentTherapy ... See MoreSee Less
I Love this definition of Mindfulness! Over 400 years old, already!
“If the heart wanders or is distracted bring it back to the point quite gently - and even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back - though it went away every time, your hour would be very well employed”. - Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622) ... See MoreSee Less
In the Mindfulness tradition, there is no clear and definite (and lasting) "self". There is not something you can call "you". Everything is impermanent and in a constant state of flux. You, therefore, are as well.
There is no thing or aspect you can permanently identify with as "I, me, my". This can, once you “get” this, actually be liberating when it comes to aspects of your "you" you do not like! "You" can change them.
Depression, anxiety and other mental ill-health symptoms are, in a sense, constructs. We can learn to dis-identify from them, and see them for what they are: “happenings” that come, and go. The Mindful ability to do this can drastically reduce suffering!
firstname.lastname@example.org www.simplifyinglife.com.auIn the Mindfulness tradition, there is no clear "self". There is not something you can call "you". Everything is impermanent and in a constant state of flux.... ... See MoreSee Less
Simplifying Life. Looking for benefits and “learnings” can help you feel better in bad times.
Recently, I discussed how our lives and life events always consist of "two sides"; both "good" and "bad". There is never just one side to them.
When we go through very stressful, depressed or anxious times, it seems "all bad". Nothing good will come from it, we think. This video discusses my personal journey, which taught me that, no matter how bad something seemed, I always gained some knowledge, wisdom or insight during or afterwards.
That realisation allowed me to view subsequent "down mood" periods as not so bad, as I started looking forward to the new knowledge I would be receiving!
This video shares my insights and general "take aways" from my earlier experiences.
youtu.be/J4xb3fCNVSIRecently, I discussed how our lives and life events always consist of "two sides"; both "good" and "bad". There is never just one side to things. When we go ... ... See MoreSee Less
Simplifying Life. Lift anxiety and depression by seeing "the other side of the coin".
When we are stuck in a depressive or anxious thoughts & feelings "loop", it seems that only one side of the story is "reality", "the truth". It is the one that makes us feel bad and horrible; it is the one that keeps us looping over and over again.
In times like those it appears very hard to believe -and actually observe- that there is "the other side of the coin". The actual "truth" is that there always IS that other side. Nothing is "All Bad". Nothing is "All Good" either; it's a bit of both.
Knowing that there are benefits to nasty situations; good sides to bad events; help in times of trouble, can assist us with moving OUT of the depressive or anxious loop, and into a more resourceful state of mind. For years, I have been listening to people like John Demartini and Joe Dispenza, who have been proclaiming this in all their work.
This principle: "there is always a gem amongst the rubble" is one that can really help sufferers from anxiety, depression and other mental ill-health. This video delves a bit deeper into this topic.
youtu.be/d3ZxkXA0x2cWhen we are stuck in a depressive or anxious thoughts & feelings "loop", it seems that only one side of the story is "reality", "the truth". It is the one th... ... See MoreSee Less
Our brains believe us, no matter WHAT we think. If YOU think life is "bad", depressing and/or anxiety provoking, your brain will instruct your body to make you feel "bad", "depressed" and "anxious", as it believes you. What YOU think is true, your brain will believe to be true, and it will act accordingly. For your brain, it's "real" and it is reality.
One way to create a new, better, and better feeling "reality", is to put your thoughts under the microscope and question them for their "reality" value. Byron Katie has come up with a great "questioning process" called "The Work", and it allows you to test the reality value of your thoughts. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is another way of "testing" your thoughts.
By letting go of old beliefs, and accepting new, better feeling ones, your "reality" will change for the better, too. It's brain-science!
youtu.be/0WjmKot4TOUOur brains believe us, no matter WHAT we think. If YOU think life is "bad", depressing and/or anxiety provoking, your brain will instruct your body to make y... ... See MoreSee Less