Posts tagged mental health
How to Endure the Things We Can Not Change and Find Lasting Peace

Shit happens. Yes, I a self proclaimed new age and positive bandwagon person said it, and it's worth saying again--SHIT happens. 

The world is full of crazy, irrational, unstable, and challenging chaos. Let's get real. Even us powerful beings can't wish it away (at least not yet:) ). We live in a realm of good, bad, light, dark, and every shade in between. How ever can we find our footing? Or stability? 

Buddhism tells us to take the middle path or look at the gray. Positive psychology and metaphysics advise re-framing to a positive paradigm. And, most recently, I've been working with Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for some of my clients, and DBT encourages us to have radical acceptance. 

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Don't Feed Your Monsters

An amazing supervisor, mentor, and I like to think friend, recently encouraged me to not feed my accomplishment monster.

What she meant by accomplishment monster is that I have an insatiable hunger that wants to perform. The more it's fed, the more it demands!  

While accomplishing can be good and fine--and in many instances required--the accomplishment monster craves for the outcomes and adds extra, unnecessary stress and pressure; thereby, making manageable projects overwhelming and taking much, more effort. It creates a downward spiral.  

Perhaps this obsession with accomplishing originated in elementary school, where I was diagnosed with dyslexia and often felt stupid. Thus, the birth of the accomplishment monster, who insisted, "If I'm not as smart, then I'll try 150% harder and accomplish the world to fit in. If only then, I'll be good enough."

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