An interesting article on chronic fatigue, depression and motivation:
“In the depth of Winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible Summer”
“Every philosophy of life leads to the development of a certain mindset—a frame of reference or prism—through which we make value judgments”, see and experience the world (Wong, 2012, p.5).
It is my aim to enter into the meaning-making system of each individual, in order to explore how they make sense of themselves, others and the world and expose theories and assumptions concerning self and others to clarificatory examination. My hope is that people can become increasingly polymorphous; moving from a position in which there is only one perspective, with alternative possibilities, and perspectives seeming hard to fathom, to a more creative and flexible repertoire of meanings, understandings and perspectives.
“Suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning” (Frankl, 1959/1984, p. 117).
Our attempts to avoid painful feelings and experiences, so often leave us not fulfilling our potential, not being involved in potentially meaningful relationships, and not fully living life. We also end up surrounding ourselves with the painful feelings anyway by imagining them and regretting lost opportunities. Is it not worth risking being hurt, worried, rejected, grieved but having the opportunity to be involved in something meaningful, than protecting oneself from such feelings but perhaps feeling a lack of meaning, connection, passion as a result? Sometimes people forget that the very nature of human existence means that life is hard, but some of the hardest things you will experience will bring the most learning and meaning to life.
“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”
Using breathing to calm yourself before bed, or throughout the day to keep on top of anxiety can be incredibly useful:
I find both of these breathing pacing videos particularly useful, but make sure you have the sound turned on so that you can get used to doing it without watching so that you can fall asleep.
Headspace is also a brilliant app to begin meditating and calming yourself at night, which is very accessible. Meditation and mindfulness are vital to manage anaxiery and stress. Here is an interview regarding Headspace by Russell Brand: