We may feel some deep sadness, disappointment and pain when we try to accept ourselves for who we are right now, flaws-and-all. However, if we don't have self-appreciation in any given moment, then it's hard for us to have that in the future.
Most of us accept that our personal "inbox" will never be empty. We will always have more things to do than we have time. We can, however, try to organise our inbox so it is a healthy mix of things we have to do and those we love to do.
Accessing unleashed and uncensored creativity is a great way to ward-off depression and feel connected to and mindful of the present. Having a designated, safe space for this outlet means that it is ready for you when you are interested.
Whether you put pen to paper or use an electronic notepad, journaling is a great way to get pervasive, repetitive thoughts out of your head. Writing them down and reading them back can help you move on from them with a new perspective.
Grief is complex and difficult to process. Grief comes in different magnitudes and in a wide variety of situations. We can grieve the loss of a loved one and we can also grieve moving our home, for example. Active grieving can help us to feel better.
Conversations between people are more nourishing when we stay with what is being said and how that relates to the present. Sharing a moment with someone can help you feel more satisfied than if you engage in rote information, fact or story exchange.
There is a subtle yet important difference between laughing with someone and laughing at someone. Laughing at someone that is struggling or is in pain can be extremely damaging while laughing with someone that has said something funny is well-attuned.
Fear is an incredibly powerful motivator and it can lurk in the background or completely out of our awareness. If you find yourself feeling stuck or confused about a decision in life or how to move forward, ask yourself "Am I afraid of anything here?"
Self-efficacy, a belief that we can accomplish life's tasks with success, is an important contributor to self-esteem. In order to increase your sense of self-efficacy, try moving towards goals slowly, mindfully and by taking smaller, manageable steps.
Sometimes we feel down, angry, upset or overwhelmed. When we need to carry on and cannot take time-out or a mental health day, try utilising mood management strategies that work for you, like listening to music, meditating, exercising or similar.
The All Things Emotional Series is focused on emotional considerations and language development. All material is authored by Cori Lambert unless explicitly stated otherwise. Authentic Consulting and Counselling is located in West Perth, Greater Perth Area.