Part of mental health is responding appropriately to our own suffering, keeping faith in our ability to take corrective action.
We are self-correcting beings, and, to this end, the ability to perceive losses, and receive warnings, is programmed into us. The trouble is, over-anticipating loss leads to anxiety, and ultimately, when exhausted, to depression.
We are evolved with alarms to detect risk. But when those alarms go into overdrive, we can stop functioning so well. How can we protect ourselves against an excessively anxious response to life?
It is natural that we are self-defensive, seeking to blame others. But it is also counterproductive. By learning to ‘be with’ peacefully, we can break the cycle of suffering, starting with ourselves.
We can’t easily eradicate our problematic habits. But we can adapt our daily timetables to encourage new behaviours.
There is a wide range of experiences that we commonly call emotions. They include happiness, sadness, joy, despair, gratitude, and anger. We can extend the