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There are times when we feel emotionally constipated – stuck on the same track of self-defeating thought that keeps us running in place. This tendency stems from egoic fixation, in which we only think of ourselves – as opposed to our higher purpose, connection to God, or service to others. We are consumed by an internal boogeyman, instead of trusting that the Unseen Presence has it under control.

Negative diversion prevents us from moving full steam ahead in what we were meant to achieve. It’s a form of self-sabotage. Positive thought requires continual effort, and the reprogramming of our subconscious so that it automatically conjures the best impression.

For any recurring thought (if it’s become obsessive) begin by either by distracting yourself, or by envisioning your most desired outcome. Worry is the result of “what ifs” run amuck – a form of hyper vigilance that unmercifully shakes your mind until it’s mentally exhausted. If you’ve suffered trauma, you’re more susceptible to this occurrence. The possibility of falling in a mental manhole makes it all the more important that you take precaution.  

What to do?

  • Keep yourself busy. This could mean taking on more work, doing a superlative job in the work that you have, or engaging in mind-capturing hobbies. A mind left to itself is a dangerous thing. I’m sure you heard the phrase “An idle mind is the devil’s play shop.”
  • Volunteer. An antidote for self-pity is other focus. Have you visited your local hospital, charity, or nursing home? Many times the giver ends up more enriched than the receiver.
  • Talk to friends. Social support is a great way to stay mentally healthy, to gain perspective, and to air your feelings. It’s been suggested that even joining a club (and attending monthly) is a way to increase your happiness.
  • Exercise. The endorphin release alone is a stress buffer and a way to “let off steam.” This activity can be pleasurable, such as dancing, fencing, or any number of aerobic sports. Keeping it moving is a great way to stave off the blues.
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