An UNconventional approach to distress

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

I've had my fair share of breakdowns. For most of my life, whenever I experienced distress, I felt confused, frustrated and want to find a way out. I tried to deny, hide, numb, shove under and jump over my pain. After all, I learned that my anger, my self doubt, my depression, my workaholism, my perfectionism, my heartbreak, my binge eating, my anxiety, were all things I had to fix in order to be successful and happy. But at some point, I realize that everything I tried was not working. I was exhausted, lonely, defeated, and my pain was still there. I got to a point where I had to ask myself - why am I spending so much energy fighting my distress only to feel more defeated? So I did something...unconventional. I started listening to my pain. It took courage, but whenever I started listening to my distress rather than trying to fix it...guess what happened? I got breakthrough insights. I started new projects. I developed deeper connections. I became more authentic and whole. I was SHOCKED! How could this be? Was I the only one?

It was then that I realized that I was taught the wrong story. I was taught, like many of us were, that my distress - my frustration, anxiety, disappointment, heartbreak, addictions, anger, conflict, grief - was the problem itself. I realized that my distress is not the problem, but a signal, a sort of inner intelligence helping to show me my path, keep me from veering off course, and point out problems. Now, when I experience distress, it's not all hearts and roses, but its not supposed to be. Experiencing distress is challenging, but now I have the tools to discover what it's trying to tell me so that I can use this incredible wisdom for not only my own growth but to help solve broader societal challenges. I've had my fair share of breakdowns. We all have. but we have been taught not to listen to them. Let's change that.

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