Someone very close to me has struggled with their mental health in recent years. My own mental health has taken its toll.
As a result, it’s been an interest area of mine.
I’ve come to realise that in every situation the brain will bring its intellectual side of logic and reason. But it will also bring emotion.
These are feelings and thoughts that are involuntary. From fear and anxiety to excitement and curiosity.
Fear and anxiety are not that helpful. If we’re trying to solve a problem and our minds are thinking what could go wrong, we’re not in the best frame of mind to solve the problem.
So then we have a problem underneath a problem, which makes it even harder to solve.
But it’s OK. An awareness of how the brain works is all that’s needed. Along with a simple technique to put us in the right frame of mind. Co-focusing on our breath.
This simple act of concentrating on something else whilst focusing on the work at hand, means unhelpful feelings subside. Suddenly everything seems possible again and you can think straight.
Try it now. Read this while having partial awareness on your breath or the rise and fall of your belly.
Suddenly, your attention narrows. Your mind isn’t giving a commentary on everything. You feel in the moment. Present. You feel that anything is possible.
Try this next time unhelpful feelings get in the way. You can even be prepared when you know you’re encountering difficult people or situations.
Managing your emotions is a superpower. It’s the habit you need to be the best version of yourself in 2021.