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It's not exactly breaking news to know that nature is good for us in so many ways. We know that it's good for our happiness and health to get outside and appreciate nature. But, what about those of us that just aren't into... you know, the great outdoors?
Maybe they stopped you from making an important contribution in a meeting because you felt like your opinion wasn’t worthwhile. Or maybe a simple email took you hours to write because your inner critic kept telling you it wasn’t good enough.
That YOU weren’t good enough.
Maybe you find yourself telling others that you’re simply in a funk, or you don’t care about anything right now. Maybe you say, “I did nothing this weekend but sit on the couch and binge watch TV -- again!” According to therapist Chris Kingman, LCSW, these are other ways of expressing the same thing: Your blah feelings.
Nevertheless, I started to panic, because at least it paid the bills and the thought of financial uncertainty terrified me.
But here’s where my own missteps came in: As I started to assemble a resume, apply for new jobs, desperately hoping I would find employment soon, a voice in the back of my head get chiming in.
Let me explain how it came about.
I have been working with a short, soothing practice with my adult clients that is easy to remember and do "in the moment" as we go through our busy days. (I would love you to try it and post your feedback here. It takes between 2 minutes -- and however long is helpful for you. The more you do it, the more it will become your automatic "go to” practice with difficult emotions.)
Happy Saturday, sweet readers!
This week's Psychology Around the Net is an interesting mix of information on capital punishment and the severely mentally ill, how we used to think architecture could cure mental illness, why you probably can't blame stress for gray hair, and more.