One – Introduction to Mental Fitness
It isn’t only the traumas of major life events such as accidents, divorce or death that cause an aftermath of stress. Everyday stress builds up and causes the same damage as high-intensity incidents.
We need to be aware that optimum health is the combination of good mental and physical health.
You do not have to "learn to live with" what you are going through. During my illness, I had no expectation of a "normal" life. There was a time when I viewed death as a comfortable alternative to my suffering.
The short but powerful message, "No hopeless cases," supplied my first spark of hope. The simple statement was the catalyst that fueled my will to live and grow. It was there when I needed it most.
This book is not about the "why." It will not help you delve into your past or understand the subconscious reasons behind your difficulty. It will teach you "HOW" to deal with life's issues, the everyday stresses that build on each other and sometimes immobilize you.
Unfortunately, many of us become caught up in the "why." Being obsessed with the "why" isn't healthy. Constant focus on the "why" prolongs the wellness process. Ask yourself if you are gaining ground by exploring the past and living in regret. Some of us will never know the real "why." Accept it and move forward.
The true meaning of responsibility means taking care of yourself now, in the present - today! Continuing to condemn yourself for a past act, a past decision, keeps you trapped in the past. In order to create a new life, you must stop clinging to the past.
If you are rooted in self-blame because of a past decision, you can choose to stay inside those barriers, or choose to use the same energy and same strong conviction to move forward. You can re-channel the responsibility for what did happen, to what can happen.
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