Respect The Mind

“A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.”
– Wayne Dyer

The mind is fragile and also the most powerful influence on our lives. “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” It is essential to your health and well being that you include some relaxation time free from worrying and stresses of the modern day.  People don’t recognize the long term detrimental effects of too much stress on the mind then eventually the body. Stress is necessary to bring the best out of us but when it is excessive it deteriorates your health.

Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms
Cognitive Symptoms Emotional Symptoms
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Agitation, inability to relax
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Sense of loneliness and isolation
  • Depression or general unhappiness
Physical Symptoms Behavioral Symptoms
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

The 10 Mind Stimuli

Chronic disease and mental illness are prompt by stress. Negativity and fear of failure are the two contributing factors to undesired stress in my personal life. Negativity corrupts your thoughts and attracts more of it’s kind. Then you are more vulnerable to paranoia, insecurity, lowered self esteem, antisocial tendencies and a quick temper. Beware of  what you feed the mind.  Take yourself away from negative stimuli ( destructive people, noise, obscenity) to ignore will only slow down the effects not prevent them. 

The fear of failure  is a depressive state in extreme cases it can be accompanied by panic and I’m all to familiar with the feeling. It’s like a surge of electricity shot to brain not allowing you to calm. Your mind races calculating all the undesired circumstances and outcomes with each one separately leaving a blow on the psyche. The heart races accompanied by anxiety all anticipating a perceived armageddon. The worst aspect about this feeling, is that it lingers and affects moods throughout the duration. This alternate reality existing in your mind affects decision making and rationality.

You should find techniques to fight the war in your head. It is difficult, that is why heart goes out to people living with mental illnesses. If thoughts can be so distressing to my person I can only imagine what someone with manic depression or schizophrenia goes through. I talk to a close friend, think about a current love interest or I reminisce about all the beautiful experiences thus far in my life to remind myself how blessed I am, this often puts me back on the right track.

I believe sanity should be scaled on a continuum. Great minds tend to fluctuate from sanity to some form of “insanity”. It’s almost as if they are more susceptible to mental disturbances the same way a sprinter is at risk for hamstring injury.

 

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