We make a big noise (and this is great) about the pollution of our natural environment. The reason of ecological movement is that if we don’t care about our natural environment, then it will revenge (already it happens) and our lives will suffer.
What about the pollution of our psychological environment? Do we care about it? What do you think is there a need for an ecological mind? If we don’t care about our psychological environment, wouldn’t it revenge as well as natural environment already do?
I talk here about a few factors that pollute our psychological environment: worries, distress, fatigue and too high exigencies.
I have a note in my journal that say: “If you realize that you go through this life without enjoying it, you must take a time for self-analysis in order to eliminate the WORRIES”.
Worries may rise from a legitimate and useful psychological process, such as: future activities planning or future events forecast and prognosis. We have the capacity to foresee and estimate some future events, but we may transform these legitimate and useful thoughts into worries if we let them overuse repeatedly and automatically our mind. Worries happen when you emotionally think of your future.
Tip: Plan your future activities and revise them (if you have any updates or improvements), but don’t run these thoughts over and over again. Most important, don’t imagine what will happen if things go wrong. Visualize things happening in the best way possible.
There are two kinds of stress. One kind is constructive and benefic and one that is destructive and negative for human development.
The first one called eustress (positive, pleasant or curative stress) imply the idea that all living beings, especially we humans, need a minimum amount of challenge or resistance from their environment, to develop and grow. In order to enjoy success, achievement and don’t get bored, we human beings need challenging activities. Eustress is this optimal amount of stress from our environment, which keep us challenged, engaged and interested in that activity.
The second kind – distress – happens when the first kind go beyond its optimal limits. When the challenges and resistances from our environment are too many and too intense, they are overwhelming for us. We are built to handle a limited amount of this kind of activities, even if there are some that push their limits far beyond.
As a direct consequence of distress appears an overwhelming state of tiredness called fatigue. Fatigue is an extreme form of psychological pollution, which negatively affects your daily life. Especially, it affects your daily productivity and mood. Your productivity decrease visible and your mood tend to have a nuance of depression and irritability. Fatigue is a major factor that prevents your daily joyousness and happiness to manifest at their highest limits.
Standards and Possibilities
It’s a good practice to raise your standards when you think in terms of personal growth. If you want to grow and develop yourself, your standards and aspirations must be a little higher than your possibilities. This let you a “space for growing” that will motivate you to take action.
If your standards and aspirations are too higher than your possibilities, there is a big probability that they will prevent you taking action. In the case you take action your efforts may be overwhelming, due to the big discrepancy between your standards and your possibilities.
Tip: Raise your standards as much as to reach them with an optimal effort and only after you achieved them raise your standards again. This is the key of personal development and excellence achievement.