"Every square centimetre of your skin contains around 15 receptors for pressure. There are six sensors for cold and one for warmth. But one square centimetre of skin has 200 receptors for pain."
What can we take from these facts? - That we are hard wired for 'pain' and feel the cold more! Not a great thing for humans with mental health challenges!
To balance our 'senses' and also do more 'inscaping' rather than escaping, what are we doing to care for, have compassion for and nurture ourselves?
Have you reached the point where you know that it is no longer 'selfish' to care for yourself – simply to ensure you have enough resilience (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually) to live your own life. It then can be possible to serve other people's lives living interdependently and thus serving each other when required.
How many of us still feel it is selfish to take time out for ourselves, to be mindful, to soak in a bath, to receive a massage, to sit on a beach/mountain, to read without need, to walk and talk, or to simply listen to the birds?
How many of us are lost in the 'busyness' of life, which often masquerades as business, addicted to 'doing', rather than 'being'. We almost forget about ourselves and thus avoid the challenges that sit in our subconscious and drain us? We even do it purposefully to 'escape' our own lives, keeping our time and attention fully occupied which can feel even worse when we come back home and know it's still the same!
How receptive is your mind (your aerial of life) for what you need and want in life? Is it 'open/tuned' for positivity?
I know when my depression bites my view of the world alters dramatically, yet the world is the same as it was yesterday or last week.
It is certainly true that what we look for we find.
What do you look for in people or within yourself?
If you look for trust – you'll find it.
If you look for mistrust – you'll find it.
If you are struggling now, you may find that choosing to be aware of some positive small thing today about your life, being kind to yourself and looking for the good, may help the climb out of darkness.
Find some of that self-love to lessen the pain today.
A Moodscope member.