While it is healthy to strive to continually improve, this all to often involves looking at ourselves through a harsh lens. We are self-critical, pushing ourselves to become someone we can THEN love. How we go about goal setting and trying to achieve those goals is dictated by the driver which can be self-loathing, or self-loving. Who is driving your vehicle to self-improvement, and how can you reform your driver? I’ve written an article on this very topic for Brainz magazine, and invite you to read up on the differences, and tools for healthier goal setting.
It is easy to find strife, conflict, and intolerance, but what about the beauty, growth, and harmony of differing notes, and opinions. How can we achieve cognitive flexibility, learn from one another, and reach new potential from communal sharing and discourse. It is a practice to love and respect ourselves as well as others, it is something we must consciously choose. It can be challenging in stressful times like these with uncommonly high cognitive load. We all have so much on our minds from the pandemic, to economics, to world events, to personal challenges we may face. All this leads us to sometimes lead from a place of stress and fear, but we can challenge ourselves to new perspectives. Our brains, ourselves, and our communities are capable of wondrous things.
Many of us have an understanding of the terms ‘existential crisis’, or ‘existential dread’, these deal with questioning life’s meaning, and feeling lost for purpose. There is a lot of uncertainty in life, but an abundance of this can leave us unsettled, and overly stressed about our life’s path leading to ‘existential trauma.’
Food can be so nourishing to the body and soul. As you read this you’re probably imagining your own go to comfort foods. I wrote an article for Brainz Magazine exploring comfort foods and how we use them. Are you nourishing your body and savouring every bite, or diving into a cheesy escape?