Did you do it? You probably noticed that all kinds of thoughts popped up -- some of them unfinished thoughts, most of them uncontrollable. The mind is a very noisy place. It's also a very powerful place. A lot of what we experience in life is dominated by the thoughts or stories that we create in our mind, to surround that experience. These stories are always going on.
Earlier this week, I experienced a mental breakdown at work. Let me preface this by saying breakdowns are nothing to be afraid of. In fact, they can even be celebrated! You need to endure the breakdown to gain the strength to breakthrough. It's all part of the journey. You're able to truly appreciate the high when you've lived through the low.
My breakdown occurred during the first two hours of my morning; at my desk. In my head. I was stuck in a feeling of, "I'm not smart enough" to do this. I kept comparing myself with others and didn't think I measured up. I got really down on myself, and attacked myself internally. I'd created all sorts of conflict in my head, when in reality, none of it was happening.
That breakdown could have lasted days ... had I no self-awareness. When you become aware or more conscious, you are able to recognize when you're playing destructive, self-doubt, unproductive stories in your mind that dominate your experience.
These are some quick tips that helped me overcome my breakdown:
- Quiet your mind by taking 3 deep breaths, pausing for a moment at the top of your breath.
- Talk to a friend who won't tell you what they think you want to hear.
- Recognize that you're the one upset; notice that no one else is upset.
- Deny the story in your head the power to keep you down.
- Create a new possibility that starts now! "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us. " - Marianne Williamson, New York Times Best Selling Author
Can you see how there is beauty in the breakdown?