Throughout weeks 5-10 the topics we discussed in class really pertained to me personally. They were all different, but nonetheless, they informed me of my behaviors and my overall well-being. One thing that I have learned and have noticed are the affects that your environment,other people, and the stressors of having so many “tabs open” isn’t as healthy. As people, we are social beings and we may not notice how many different tasks we have lined up mentally,not to mention our diet, sleep habits, and amount of time we have to ourselves. We focus on so many different things throughout a second, that it’s hard to separate from ourselves and breathe. Yoga, meditation and other forms of relaxation are ways of coping and distressing to serve as a moment of winding down and knowing if you are being “mindful or mindfull.”All of the topics discussed weeks 5-10 talk about the different ways we should distress and actually acknowledging the ways we can contribute to distressing and knowing we have a lot going on mentally and in reality. We focused on the stress of couples and how they act towards each other, deciphering what it means to be mindful of what is going on, while doing finding ways to unload your brain because you have a min-full of things circulating. Aside from that, the amount of sleep, eating habits, and how things as simple as eating a marshmallow sooner or later when promised another one as a child, can tell what type of person you may grow to be;impulsive, or a saver (waiting) to get the ultimate reward as an adult. Throughout these few weeks, the insights I have gained and I am still working on is valuing the time I have to myself and shutting my brain off, to listen to calming music, and taking myself out of certain situations that cause me to overthink-especially when it comes to people. These were changes that I planned on making, but learning to let go of things that I can not change is something I definitely need to work on. Most importantly, I want and need to work on listening to understand, instead of responding; I need to learn how to take a step back and accept that people feel and think differently than I do.
Over the past four weeks, all of the topics we have discussed have been a part of a broader spectrum of not only our well being, but our unconscious efforts of stressing and distressing. Mental health is one thing that many may overlook, taking the many signs of depression, anxiety, and stress as no big deal. For some, these three factors tend to get confused with the feeling, rather than the actual case, causing people to self diagnose and disregard treatment. Most of the time we have to many “tabs” open in our minds and need to take a breath. Not only are feelings a big part of our well being, but our genetics and environments play a major role as well. Behaviors, disabilities, and tendencies are susceptible to be apparent in offspring and other families, but may not be addressed clinically; still a major influence. On a positive note, positive psychology shows us how we can change things in our everyday lives and our minds, if we simply replace a negative thought or comment with something positive.
Considering that I have been in exercise science classes and my team was enrolled into a program Called “Positive Performance,” I learned a lot of the information that we have been learning over the past few weeks. The content that I found meaningful to me was listening to music, meditating, and thinking more positively. I tend to say negative things that actually motivate me and I have so much on my mind, but I started listening to meditation music, closing my eyes, and breathing deeply.