“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
Do you express gratitude as often as you should?
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“Distance gives us a reason to love harder.”
I had previously written a post about maintaining long-distance relationships.
Yesterday, while reading an article about it, I found some tips that friends family members use to get over distance.
To keep things in context, here’s the original post with the tips added in:
“The people with the best advice are usually the ones who have been through the most.”
I’ve written several posts before about listening to your heart when it comes to major decisions. I’ve talked about how manu people will try to dictate your life path but ultimately, everything’s up to you.
Given that Samantha and I are starting an advice section on this site, I’ve recently asked myself when is it okay to listen to others? When do you finally throw in the towel and tell yourself you need help?
“Realizing and listening to what your body and mind is telling you — that’s most important.”
-Author Tianna G. Hansen
In yesterday’s post, I discussed a few but certainly not all, of the factors that may have contributed to the current opioid epidemic. In this part, it’s my hope and my goal to not only carry that conversation forward but to also give hope to people that there can be a life beyond dependancy on opioids and a positive one at that.
Before I go any further, a disclaimer here is necessary. I am not a doctor nor do I have any kind of expertise in medicine or mental health. What I do have to offer is my own experience as well as a few others who have spoken about their own experiences. It’s important to note while reading this post that every mind and body operates differently and uniquely and a single medical philosphy can never be universally applied. As today’s quote states, you have to listen to your own body and mind to decide what works for you.
“The worst thing about prescription medication is that sometimes it works too well.”
“A doctor was arrested for writing X number of prescriptions.”
In the past month alone, I’ve read about twelve or thirteen such headlines in the news.
I’ve also read countless accounts of people going bankrupt to fulfill the need of an addiction.
All of the above stems directly or indirectly from a topic that has everyone buzzing these days:
The opioid epidemic.
Hello dear readers & members of this site,
Thank you for taking the invaluable time to read & interact with various writers and their wonderful posts.
I regret to inform you that I do not have a post today but have a major, two-part post coming on tomorrow and on Thursday regarding a topic that seems to be stirring the pot in a major way: The opioid epidemic.
This is a topic that will require some additional research to get certain facts correctly which I am in the process of doing now.
I hope you all find it as intriguing to read as I find it to write.
Sorry & thank you again,
“Bipolar disorder is a challenge but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.”
For as long as I can remember, my personal battle with mental health has always been centered on depression. And while that certainly doesn’t imply a lack of knowledge about other common disorders such as anxiety and bipolarism, I always read accounts on those subjects a bit nonchalantly.
“The root of suffering is attachment.”
Does attachment to something or someone always hurt us in the longrun? Eastern religions such as Buddhism and Jainism have always said so.
From a practical point of view it makes sense. As human beings, we all have a heart and feelings. You never know when these two elements will act up and cause a rift between you and a family member or a friend.
“Have regular hours for work & play; make each day both useful and pleasant and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.”
-Louisa May Alcott
How important is getting the proper rest in our lives?
According to most psychologists and life coaches, it’s as important, if sometimes not more, than the hard work we put in.
“Patience is not passive, on the contrary, it is concentrated strength.”
How hard or easy is it to have patience?
For me personally, it’s one of the most difficult acts to do. Whether it’s waiting for a package delivery or sitting at the airport, I always find myself getting antsy, especially if things get delayed. Over the past couple of years, however, I’ve accumulated some tips to help me.
First, we must take the benefits of having patience in account.
According to a study published in the Psychological Science journal, when we’re patient, the end result always seems more gratifying. The more we wait for something (or someone) the less granted we take it and begin to value it more.
While the process of waiting proved to be unpleasant with most participants, similar to my own case, the long-term results proved beneficial.
Most participants, even in the midst of irritation and frustration, had increased levels of mindfulness and were reportedly a but more calm the next time.
According to Ye Li, an assistant professor at the University of California who conducted a portion of the study said excercises in patience are advantageous for self-control in many areas including, diet, sleep, smoking and mental health.
Clearly, the virtues of patience are worth imbibing. But how do we get them if our minds are so cluttered, especially in this and age?
The following tips are taken from an article in Huffington Post as well as from my personal counselor for depression.
Physically write down what you’re waiting for the most. Apparently, putting something on paper can take it out of our minds, at least temporarily.
Focus your thoughts on the aftermath. What will you do once the wait is over? What will be the fruition of waiting?
Delay things which you can afford to delay. Have a favorite TV show? DVR it and start watching it ten minutes late.
According to psychologists, steps like this can increase your tolerance of waiting for something if done sporadically.
Remind yourself that impatience is uncomfortable, not intolerable and become comfortable with the uncomfortable. In the article referenced above, family therapist Dr. Jane Bolten spoke of a friend who repeatedly told himself, “This is merely uncomfortable, not intolerable.” Saying so helped him break a nasty habit.
Are you a patient person or impatient? If the latter, do you have tips of your own to combat impatience? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below.