‘Identify your problems but, give your power & energy to solutions’ (and always remember that) ‘Your past does not equal your future.’ ~Tony Robbins
When I was looking for an image to share with thee two Tony Robbins quotes above, I came across another very apt saying contained within one of them.
Difficult roads often do lead to beautiful destinations, physically and metaphorically; and in life, identifying our problems but choosing to focus our energy on solutions rather than letting the problems overwhelm our thoughts and prevent us from taking action is the key to maintaining motivation and balance.
It’s sometimes so difficult to let go of the trash talk our minds throw at us though isn’t it? Throwing up our past issues, telling us we can’t do something or other, sapping our confidence and energy.
Yeuch, doesn’t bear thinking about really does it? Yet it so often happens subconsciously.
That’s why mindfulness and exercise are such good ways to support our well-being. It gives us a concrete something to focus on that stops those doubts and nagging negatives from taking root in our psyche. Easier said than done for so many of us I know though.
Focusing on one small action that helps to alleviate the negative thoughts is a good way to start though. If you are an active person who finds it easy enough to use that as a way to channel the pent-up frustrations that can be so helpful. If you are more like me though and struggle to find the exercise that engages you enough to do it regularly, maybe mindfulness is worth exploring. It’s a way of helping learn to let go of negative thoughts and even deal with pain because it teaches focus on the moment, how your body is reacting to certain thoughts and situations, how to create a more positive internal reaction in spite of that.
If you would like to explore this more, as chaplains part of our role is to help you find ways of nourishing yourself, giving yourself time to explore what will help you to feel positive and hopeful in life. We are that listening ear that you can bounce thoughts, hopes or concerns onto. We can also sign-post you to organisations that provide extra support in a range of situations. We’re here to listen whatever you would like to talk about and if you just want to break up your day with a light-hearted conversation that’s great too. We are just as welcoming of sharing in your good times as we are at listening if you need to talk through concerns. Our aim is always to leave you feeling a little lighter in mood.
If you don’t manage to catch up with a chaplain on site, as always you can contact us via email on firstname.lastname@example.org where you can request a call-back, or you are very welcome to call me directly on my mobile: 07526 378529 either to chat or to arrange a time to meet up with one of the chaplains.
We also have a range of resources on our web-site including some that are more specific to the Covid-19 outbreak and some that help in dealing with stress: https://mite.org.uk If you prefer you can easily keep in touch with us on social media: Facebook: @mitechaplaincy Twitter: @mitesthwarr