When you’re feeling low and anxious you don’t recognise yourself, you become someone you never expected to be, and you have no idea how to cope with the stranger that’s invaded your mind and taken over your emotions.
You can be quite tough on yourself, thinking that you just need to get a grip, and other people can certainly suggest that they feel the same. It’s rubbish.
As a mentor who helps people put their everyday lives right, and balance home, career, family, friends, and self-care, I can tell you that I’ve been through the mill too.
I used to look at the people I turned to for help and inspiration, see them standing up in front of an audience looking comfortable and being inspirational, and think “I can never imagine how I could be like that!” Now I am.
I’m currently doing a marketing course, and when I mentioned what it was I wanted to achieve I got the normal (but very kindly) raised eyebrows, because instead of focusing on one area of modern-day life and creating one mentoring programme, I want to focus on them all. But then if I of all people got a black belt, I can do this!
You may wonder why the silence, you may wonder why this blog is now called the Myth Buster. Much as I liked Thoughts for a Better World, the title wasn’t in line with my new work, and I realised that I had too many online identities, so I had to make a decision to keep myself more together so to speak. However, the point is still the same.
Have you ever noticed how often stress is mentioned in the media, on billboards, on social media, and so on? Have you noticed how many people are dedicated to curing our stress now? Have you ever thought about the effect this focus is having?