The vacation we often need is freedom from our own mind. ~Jack Adam Weber
Your mental health involves your ability to think and reason. Your mind can be your greatest gift and your greatest curse.
How you think can determine to a great extent whether you will bring peace and happiness into your life or you will bring chaos and misery. How you think can determine whether you will enjoy your life and thrive or you will fail to survive.
It doesn’t matter if your current thoughts were triggered by experiences that happened a few minutes ago or many years ago, your current thoughts can result in feelings of anger, sadness, bitterness, anxiety or shame.
Thinking errors or faulty thinking can cause a lot of misery in your life. It can create problems for you as well as worsen existing problems and make it harder to find solutions.
Faulty thinking can cause you to misinterpret your experiences as well as misjudge others and yourself. These misinterpretations and misjudgments can make you stir up painful emotions; they can make you do something you later regret or they can stop you from doing something that can potentially improve your life.
Your thoughts, emotions, behavior and actions are interdependent.
Your thoughts are the gateway to your emotions. In turn, your emotions are the gateway to your actions and behavior.
Different thoughts lead to different emotions and different actions. The way you think about your situation determines how you feel about it. In turn, how you feel about it determines whether or not you will do something about it and what you will do.
It doesn’t matter if your current thoughts were triggered by experiences that happened a few minutes ago or many years ago, your current thoughts can result in feelings of anger, sadness, bitterness, anxiety or shame. Your thoughts can lead to feelings that can determine your behavior and action.
If you think the situation is hopeless, you will feel, behave and act differently. If you think you have a good chance of success, you will also feel, behave and act differently.
You can think yourself into having problems, disappointments, anxiety, fear and misery. When you change your thinking patterns, you can change the way you feel about yourself, about others and about the world.
Changing the way you think can help you deal more effectively with your problems and take actions necessary to improve your life.
By avoiding faulty thinking and learning how to think clearly, you can avoid causing yourself pain and suffering. By thinking clearly, you can improve your effectiveness and satisfaction in life. By thinking clearly, you can boost your health and happiness.