As said before, Tyler and I are major advocates for therapy. For us, therapy has been an amazing tool for connecting with ourselves and each other. And, that's only one tool out there for accomplishing new ways of thinking and gaining new perspectives on life. Beyond therapy are hundreds of other ways for us to exercise our minds and build up the endurance and strength that some tougher moments in life may require.
A Healthy Mind Makes A Healthy Heart
Have you heard someone explain an anxiety attack as them thinking they were going into cardiac arrest? That's because during a panic attack a person's heart rate can speed up to 200 beats a minute or faster. The reason for this? Emotional stress.
Emotional stress can stem from a long list of things including traumatic events that occurred in your life as early as childhood. Growing up we don't always think about how every moment in our life is shaping the way our mind functions. But, as we get older we start to recognize the [not so healthy] habits that formed from those experiences.
It's easy to stay in the comfort of what your mind knows and it's hard to face some truths. But, for us, therapy taught us how to not be afraid of the real person that we see when looking into our own eyes. It taught us to be vulnerable with ourselves and one another which strengthened our relationship with each other but also our personal selves.
And like I said, that's us. Therapy is our style of mental exercise. But, exercising the mind and becoming more real with yourself can be done through many other outlets.
Healing Habits For The Soul
Everything that we see, do, and hear has an opportunity to affect the way we think and feel. Therefore, it helps to have at least one thing in life to look forward to either daily or weekly that you are in control of. No matter what it is, we all deserve to have something/ a safe space where we can always be our most authentic selves and/or produce introspective thoughts.
- weight lifting
- fitness class
And, the list can go on and on.
Giving time alone for you and your mind to be together is pivotal for personal growth. We have to learn how to dig deep into our past and recognize what shaped us and the way that our minds take in the content of the world around us. After all, how can we expect others to understand us if we barely understand ourselves?