October 17, 2019, marked the beginning of the Lebanese Revolution.  People from all walks of life stood together in solidarity  to reject the status quo and to break free from sectarian and political allegiances.  Their voices echoed across the world,  sending a loud message about who they really are and what they aspire for.

Healthy Mind, healthy Body.

 

Social media platforms have indeed brought people together by making our world a smaller place.  However, having said that, what we are witnessing today on social media is a cascade of negativity, whether through thoughts, opinions, or the simple sharing of daily events, and all this is creating a detrimental effect on our mental health, both individually and collectively. 

            When I started to awaken spiritually, I started realizing the detrimental impact of negative emotions and feelings on my psyche. When emotions are hidden and disguised, they are hidden within layers and layers of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so concealed that they tend to lead toward inaccurate judgements and neglect of one's own wellbeing. Negative emotions are, for example: apathy, grief, fear, hatred, shame, blame, regret, resentment, and anger. They are fueled by an underlying fear of the unknown, a fear of the actions of others, and a need to control them or stop them to avoid being harmed. 

Nothing is more natural than the urge to be held and comforted by someone who understands our suffering.  Whatever the painful situation (a relationship breakup, medical scare, financial disaster, the death of a loved one) we want to turn toward someone who will hold us and let us cry in loving arms.

 

Living with anxiety is like being followed by a voice. It knows all your insecurities and uses them against you.  It gets to the point when it’s the loudest voice in the room.  The only one you can hear.  And it’s overwhelming and scary!!! Sometimes we need to be reminded to be gentle with ourselves, to be compassionate because we are doing the best we can.

What do we exactly mean by anxiety?  If depression often occurs due to looking to the past and dwelling on the negative things that have happened, anxiety can be thought of as looking to the future and ruminating about all of the negative things that could happen. 

 

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