Peace of Mind

Peace of Mind

By Andrea Mejia

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What I was left with from last year was the gift of understanding that my mental health and the freedom I give my thoughts are the main basis of my existence. If I cannot control them, everything that comes and goes in my life is not my decision, but the result of the bad information that my actions generate based on impulses.

I understood that, regardless of the event, the only thing that can change the outcome of what happens is the way we approach things. It is said that all events in life generate emotions and feelings, and how we react to them is what really matters and what completely changes our perspectives of said event.

I feel we care too much about external things without noticing that the outside is controlled by our interior. Such simple things as eating better, reading more and spending more time with oneself can have a positive impact on what we reflect.

It has become a routine to silence our mind when we need to make decisions, but we give free rein when responding to emotions. Being kind to ourselves is a very good step to change the way we act. We do not have to be so hard and punish ourselves for the emotions we do not control.

We should not stop enjoying life for mistakes we made by not controlling our thoughts. When we get lost in harmful thoughts, the best thing we can do is refocus our attention on purely positive things and applaud ourselves for the goals we have already achieved.

We must remind ourselves that we have people who love us as we are and who support us. Constant criticism and perfectionism not only increase stress, but they also hinder our productivity and may result in mental illnesses such as depression and eating disorders. Recognizing and knowing that we all make mistakes of any kind is healthy for our mind.

Accepting that we can improve every day is part of our learning process.

Andrea Mejia

Writer/Escritora

Better Living/Vivir mejor

Colombia

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