“First, say to yourself, I’m totally independent of the good and bad opinions of others.’ Second: ‘I’m beneath no one.’ Third: ‘I’m fearless in the face of any and all challenges.'” – Deepak Chopra
I tell myself the first statement often. As a sensitive person, I’m often vulnerable to comments that are unwanted and unkind.
For years I’ve been told to grow a thick skin. But what’s helped is to not completely shut myself out from my feelings, but to try to depersonalize any opinion whether complimentary or just plain rude.
The second and third statements also help. When we realize that no matter what any one says, we’re all equal and we can rise about any challenge, people’s opinions flow right through me. I hear it. I feel it. But I can choose whether to let it in or let it go.
This week if you’re struggling with people’s hurtful comments towards you and it’s making you feel depressed, misunderstood or shameful, keep reading. Our posts are packed with resources, tips and helpful advice to remind you that you’re powerful, important and worthy of compassion, understanding and happiness.
Are You A WMBNT Parent?
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Having an Advocate and Knowing your Triggers
(Embracing Balance) – Do you have a plan in place for a mental health emergency? Do you have an advocate that can support you when you need help? Nicole does. Find out why having help and a plan is an important way to stay well when you’re living with bipolar disorder.
Compassion and Understanding in Bipolar Disorder
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(Bipolar Update) – If you’re feeling depressed, there are several things you can and should do. Read this for critical resources, tips and help that can pull you out of the dark hole you’re currently in.
Therapeutic Writing: An Introduction
(After Trauma) – If you’re feeling powerless, full of shame or undergoing a significant life changing/traumatic experience, you could benefit from the therapeutic nature of writing. Here’s how to get started.