We’d all love to protect ourselves from being hurt, to try to live a happy life. But that’s not always possible.
Vulnerability means you’re exposed to the possibility of getting harmed, either physically or emotionally. Maybe you worry about failure, rejection or being judged. Your medical condition may also make you feel physically and emotionally vulnerable due to fear, anxiety, and worry.
The good news is that vulnerability can also act as a source of strength if you learn why you need to embrace it.
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Friedrich Nietzsche famously said: “What does not kill us, makes us stronger.” It’s great catch phrase used in songs and movies, but can surviving traumatic events actually lead to a positive outcome?
That’s a question people have been asking themselves throughout history. For thousands of years, humans have been telling stories about an ordinary hero going on an adventure, who overcomes challenges agains all odds and then comes home transformed.
When you’re in the middle of a war zone, lying in a hospital bed or grieving a loved one, it’s hard to see how anything good could ever come from that. But science shows that traumatic events not only cause immense distress, but can also provide an opportunity for personal change, namely post-traumatic growth.
Anyone who’s ever spent a night staring at the ceiling knows it’s true: your mind can be your most powerful ally or your worst enemy.
Left alone with your thoughts, you might start replaying problems in your head, worry about what the future might bring or fantasize about your dreams coming true. Either way, you’re tapping into the power of your imagination.
Imagination is your ability to form a mental image of objects, landscapes, scenarios or ideas without the immediate input of your senses. From vividly picturing your worst fears to envisioning yourself on a tropical beach, your brain has the power to conjure up all kinds of plots and plans.
But even though it’s all in your mind, your imagination may shape your reality more than you may realize. Creative thinking helps to come up with out-of-the-box solutions for your problems. Playing out scenarios in your mind can also prepare you for real-life challenges, making it easier to stay calm and perform well in high-pressure situations. What’s more, picturing yourself achieve your goals will give you the self-efficacy you need to make your dreams come true.
Your thought patterns also have a tangible effect on your body. When you fantasy about the perfect vacation or kissing that guy you fancy, your body releases happy hormones that boost your wellbeing in many ways. That’s because your brain does not distinguish much between vividly imagining and actually experiencing a situation. It’s through the release of those neurochemicals and the following physical reactions, that imagination, visualization and positive constructive daydreaming can boost your brain power, lower your stress levels, reduce fear and help you manage pain.
So tap into the power of your imagination and unleash your creative wisdom with these 17 quotes!
Stiff upper lip. Keep calm and carry on. Soldier through. Put on your big girl/boy pants. Let it go. Our society is filled with platitudes about trauma.
But while these catchy little tropes might make for a good bumper sticker, they certainly don’t make for a good — or healthy — life strategy. The truth is that, contrary to yet another popular cliche, time does not, in fact, heal all wounds.
Quite the contrary. Attempting to simply ignore or “move on” from your trauma is an almost guaranteed way to never truly heal — and the long-term effects, not only to your mental wellbeing but also to your physical health, can be devastating.
You deserve better. You deserve to live your life healed from your trauma. And it can be done.
Living with chronic illness can be pretty stressful, unpredictable and overwhelming. Aside from the physical pain and symptoms, you have to deal with a rollercoaster of emotions, practical problems and an uncertain future.
It’s a far cry from the image most of us have of ‘inner peace’.
But the thing is, you don’t have to be a yogi, serenely meditating in natural surroundings to find that calm state of mind. Even with everything that’s going on around you, it is possible to stay centered and quiet the noise.
Inner peace refers to the ability to remain relatively calm and undisturbed by external conditions. Even in difficult situations, you manage to clear your mind, listen to your own inner voice, and act calm and collected. Inner peace also means you don’t feel so attached to outward events – what people think of you, superficial achievements or keeping up with the Joneses.
The million dollar question of course is, how can you reach that state of inner peace?
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