I tweaked my back this past week. I'm on the mend now, but it made me realize that something I've been taking for granted -- a heathy back -- was only an awkward bend away from debilitating pain. I know as we get older that the body needs more care and is less resilient. Yet I still make poor decisions like skipping post workout stretches or deciding to move furniture by myself. Still, at least my back lets me know when I've pushed it too far.
The head is another matter. I think we have a tendency to ignore our mental pains and minimize those periods when we're feeling down. We tell ourselves that we can tough it out or that it's just a temporary feeling which will pass. Recently, I've had a few of encounters with people who are having a difficult time. It reminded me that we can't take our mental health for granted either. We need to be good to ourselves but also check in on those around us. We need to look out for each other.
Some additional thoughts for these times.
I've been reading about ways to bring more happiness into your life. One that stuck with me was make someone some around you happy. Do them a favor. Buy them a present (it doesn't have to be extravagant). Spend more time with them. Bringing joy to others creates joy in us. And selfishly speaking, it encourages others to do nice things for us!
Get comfortable with missing out. We all suffer to some degree from FOMO. Nowhere is this more prevalent than with information. We've become gluttons for information consumption, obsessing over knowing the tiniest detail. As a result, we often feel overwhelmed. Instead, try moderation. Unless it's core to your profession or the task at hand, it's ok to be conversant with a topic. Let others be the experts.
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