(While I froze my freaking ass off because with the windchill it's -27*C).
When I'm upset - I instantly think that I have debilitating depression (at one point in my life I did). When I am happy - I think everything is perfect and has to stay that way.
I see life in black and white. I've been working A LOT to get out of the judgment way of thinking (a great exercise is starting to observe the world around by not using "good" or "bad" adjectives. Example: The leaves on the tree are green. Not, those are pretty leaves. It's harder than it seems!)
So, yes, I'm tired. And yeah, things are a little rough. But...I do not live a horrible life. I laugh A LOT at work, outside of work, with people and by myself.
So, my goal for the next while is to learn how to think in the "grey zone". Life is not perfect nor horrible. I'm not perfect nor horrible.
And to start, the article of the day has some fairly obvious advice, but great none the less.
Even when a situation seems like it can fall into an extreme -- as in "amazingly perfect" or "incredibly terrible" -- it's almost always more complex. Thinking in extremes (even when the extremes are good!) can really cause more negativity in your life than you need. When you're always striving for an extreme ideal or perceiving a bad situation in an extreme negative light, you're limiting your thinking and, as a result, you limit your actions and reactions. If you find yourself thinking in extreme terms, give these tips a try and open your mind to viewing the world with a completely new mindset.
Do you find yourself looking at the world in black and white?
What tips or tricks do you have for avoiding all-or-nothing thinking