There are lots of methods to fight psychological well being challenges, and certainly one of them that I’ve been reflecting on lately is motivation. Utilizing motivational methods has been very useful in the case of my psychological well being. I’ll watch movies, take heed to speeches, or discover quotes that give me a lift. I wish to discover issues that can give me the vitality I must get by way of this second and on to the subsequent. I used to be doing this lately once I came across a phrase I’ve seen tons of of occasions on the Web: “preserve going.” And I don’t know why, however this time it rubbed me the unsuitable approach. Despite the fact that I perceive the great intentions of the phrase, I wish to problem it. What does it actually imply?
I do know it would sound like I’m being a bit nit-picky, however language is vital to me. The phrases we use round wellness matter, and the way we speak about psychological well being issues. There are lots of phrases and phrases which have good intentions, however are based mostly in unhealthy cultural norms.
Let me be clear, I perceive the intent behind this phrase. There are lots of comparable phrases used to inspire and encourage, and have helped me many occasions. After I’m going by way of a troublesome time mentally, a reminder to “preserve going” is typically what I want to listen to. It doesn’t matter what we’ve got occurring in our lives, generally we have to push by way of the muck to get to the great elements.
I additionally know that “preserve going” can typically be a really severe phrase for folks (and has been for me) when melancholy hits laborious. So let’s be clear – that’s not what I’m speaking about in the present day. What I am speaking about are these occasions after we’re unsure of ourselves, after we’re unsure what we’re doing. After we want motivation and somebody tells us to “preserve going,” what do they imply? Preserve going the place? And to what finish?
I assume I’m feeling this manner in the present day as a result of it leads me to a different query I’ve. I do my finest to maintain going by way of exhaustion, by way of stress, by way of challenges that come up in my life. But when I’m at all times going – and if I’m continually advised to maintain going – how I do I make sense of the place I’m?
We don’t know the place we’re going until we are able to make sense of the place we’re, or the place we’ve been. Reflecting on this stuff takes time – and it means making time to not preserve going, however to face nonetheless. Typically it’s okay to be nonetheless. It’s okay to seek out peace. It’s okay that in sure conditions, we don’t preserve going. That approach, we discover our footing and work out what the subsequent step is. I don’t learn about you, however a few of my largest moments of development have occurred as a result of I stayed the place I used to be and figured it out.
It takes a whole lot of braveness to face within the muck generally, however it may well typically pay the largest dividends. No matter whether or not you agree with my submit, I hope you realize you at all times have a alternative, and that empowers you in your psychological well being journey. I do know it’s empowered me on my journey.