Thursday, April 16, 2015
I think we can all agree that there are two forces in this world: good and evil. Good being whatever you want to call it: God, Budha, Allah, or just a moral purpose. Then there's evil. Most call it The devil, or Satan, or also the opposite of living in peace and tranquility. Anyways, I believe in God and that God wants us to be happy. I believe in Satan and that he wants us to be miserable. This is one of my coping mechanisms. If I start to feel lousy and miserable I try to remember where that source is coming from. This doesn't guarantee that I'll feel happy right away, but it brings things back into perspective. It's irrational to think that you can be happy every day. But it is not irrational to be content and at peace no matter what you are going through. When you are going through a particularly hard time, challenge those negative thoughts. For example, one of mine is the thought that I will never be happy again because of my mental illness. Well, this miserable thought isn't put into my brain by God because God wants me to be happy. So I write down why this feeling of never being happy again is a lie. (It's best to write things down because your brain is going a million miles an hour and when you have to stop and think to write it slows it down and causes you to think and be more rational.). I write down every moment in the past week that I've experienced some happiness. This shows me that I have been happy while dealing with my anxiety and depression. Sometimes when you're in the moment, you over dramatize things or catastrophize things. This works for anything. Remember, the good forces in this world are happiness, contentment, and joy. The evil forces are unhappiness and misery. Remembering that can help as you struggle with anything in this life. If you are confused with what I'm talking about or disagree, give me an example and I'll help you figure it out!