Emotional Wellness Project

Emotional Wellness Project - Self-Consciousness Probably...

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Self-Consciousness Probably the biggest source of stress in my life is the constant pressure I put on myself worrying about what other people think of me. Almost unconsciously I find myself wondering about how my hair, my clothes, what I say, how I move, appear in the eyes of the people around me. My nearly constant analyzing of my looks and actions causes unsatisfied feelings and selfish comparisons between myself and other people running through my head. The result is a distracted, overwhelmed mindset on my part that hinders my relationships with God and others, and piles unnecessary stress on my plate. A big step I can take to combat this destructive perspective is to, as the Christian Paths to Health and Wellness textbook says, refocus. Dwelling on my imperfections I see in myself and worrying about what others think of those
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Unformatted text preview: imperfections only adds to the downward spiral of dissatisfaction and unproductiveness. In refocusing, I can recognize what is important to God and reorder my priorities and thoughts according to that. I have brainstormed some specific steps to refocus and reprioritize my mind. Firstly, I must “take captive every thought” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV) and rid my mind of controlling thinking. Secondly, I must come up with, using prayer and Scripture, God-inspired, positive thoughts to fill my mind with instead. It is my hope and belief that if I successfully do this often enough, it will become a habit, affect my actions for God’s glory, and lessen the unnecessary stress I place on myself....
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  • Fall '12
  • Thought, Health and Wellness, UNNECESSARY STRESS, nearly constant analyzing

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