Mental Breaks, Not Breakdowns
Our family is in the thick of it. “It” being sickness. No need for details, but let’s just agree that all forms of sickness between five family members, going on for about a month, isn’t pretty. Like, at all. Moving to a new city with new allergens, beginning a mother’s day out program, and it being the winter have all contributed to feeling rundown and have left our immune systems severely weakened. Not fun! To say we’ve been privy to a host of viruses is not an overstatement. Needless to say, mental solitude is a must.
During the day when quiet is elusive, I find mental breaks to be so helpful. In fact, the times I stop and purposefully tell myself to take a break mentally are the times I’m most kind to myself. The negative self-talk subsides and I usually stop repeating the mental cycle of criticism and begin to gain peace.
Curiosity is a funny thing. It is linked to so many healthful advantages: gaining clarity, increasing happiness, improving mental state, and aiding learning. When negativity seeps in and control begins to drain away, I have begun asking myself simple questions to get out of the funk: How can I say this differently? Where is the hidden joy within this moment? Even rewording the accusation into a question helps, “Who thinks this way? Why would he/she say that?”
How do you mentally escape? Daydreams about travel or an extended vacation? When I’m in the thick of it, my thoughts are usually much more basic – “You can do this. Be at peace.”
And, that is precisely what I want you to hear today, “You can do this; be at peace.“