Have you heard this before?
You feel beaten down, things might not be quite as you imagined or you may have just been through a breakup and are heartbroken. You are struggling a bit and don’t quite know how to get through it, and you hear people tell you that time will help—it will get better after a bit… And so it does.
It’s tough when you’re actually in the middle of it all, though, and it’s also not easy to see while you’re in the thick of things that it will get better. Later, when you look back at the situation, you may see that you somehow became stronger from the experience, and that you learned something from it. [···]
The news is full of stories about people who are struggling with life’s challenges. People are lonely and depressed.
Young adults are exhausted by the demands society places on them to excel: at school, in sports and with their looks.
From 2000 to 2011, sick leave among adults in Norway increased by 145% for mild mental disorders, and mental illness is the reason behind one-third of all disability pensions. Although the prevalence of mental disorders is relatively stable for adults, the trend is clearly on the increase among children and adolescents.
- The use of antidepressants has increased the most among adolescents aged 15-19 years, which is a disturbing trend.
- The most common ailments are anxiety, depression and behavioral disorders (Source: the Norwegian Institute of Public Health).
Changing your habits, lifestyles and thought patterns can’t be done in a flash. There are no quick solutions on the way to your goal.
You have to do the hard work, whether it comes to getting in better physical shape (building your fitness, running a marathon) or your mental health (improving your self-esteem, working with stress or motivation). [···]
The New Year brings new opportunities and a blank slate.
We’re now in that time of year when many people reflect on their lives and evaluate what they have accomplished.
Many people also set goals for the New Year.
These may be to:
- Begin something,
- Stop doing something,
- Do something even better,
- Do less of something, or
- Cut bad habits, become a better human being, etc.
Surveys show, however, that few people succeed in the long run with their New Year’s resolutions. [···]
You may have very different thoughts and feelings about yourself as a person, and about yourself in specific roles – as a parent, a partner or a friend, or in how you cope with your work life.
It can be more important for us to have a sense of mastery in some areas, or to have good feelings about what we do, while in other areas it may not be as important to us. It is different for different people. We are influenced by our own inner voice and our experience of how we cope, in addition to the feedback we get from the environment around us. [···]
(Read this in Norwegian – les denne på Norsk) by Hilde Amundsen, founder Mindfi app
Changing habits can be difficult, but sometimes it is absolutely necessary so you can move ahead with your life. Getting stuck in bad behavior patterns is easy when you are struggling with problems.
A number of years back I went through a life crisis. That started me on a quest for tools that could help me set boundaries and change the way I thought about myself and my life. [···]