Recovery, Indifference & Nutrition. 3 strategies to win.
There are many things I used to remain indifferent on. Things like the music I decided to listen to. Food I chose to eat. Even the actions I determined to use.
What does it mean to be emotionally healthy? Simply stated keeping your intelligence before your emotions. What that means is that we question the feelings themselves. We use our emotions as the information that they are, to how we are responding to the world around us. Without spending this whole blog on this subject there are a couple questions :
One other aspect I must discuss is happiness. Being able to manage our state of mind is what this all boils down to. Continually appreciating all that we have, the good and the bad is vital. Try beginning and ending your day with 3 things you appreciate. This is like the yeast for your rising bread of life.
Second are options. Having a ton of happiness options is key to being able to change state. Make a list of things that can instantly change your state positively. Running, walking, make a happy music play list, dancing, laughing (make a youtube list of hilarious videos), playing with your kids, reading, word puzzles, affirmations, motivational videos, etc. This is going to be your arsenal to use when negative emotions come along unwanted or just hang around too long.
Being intellectually healthy is remaining curious. Symptoms include learning lessons from other peoples stories and ingesting information you are interested in. It is said that we are a sum of our 5 closest friends. In the beginning of recovery we are often alone. So authors become our influence when we read them. Musicians influence us when we listen to them. Be aware of the choice you are making by what we allow to our core. Make, time, to learn.
"Once upon a time, there was a Cherokee grandfather, who told his grandson, “Grandson, there are two wolves inside of me. One wolf is white, good and altruistic, generous and kind, and the other wolf is black, mean and greedy, violent and angry. The two wolves are in a constant fight within me.” The grandson, with wide eyes, says, “But which one will win, grandpa?” And the grandfather says, “The one which I feed.”
Let us leave the lie of indifference far from our lips. We care because we know the nutrition of our person goes far beyond just food. All aspects of our self is need of nourishment to be healthy. This on going maintenance on our selves is non other than self respect. It is caring for who we are. It isn't easy to take care of ourselves wholly and honestly. If it was everyone would be doing it.