Monitoring Our Self-Care: Part Two
Technology, medical discoveries, and overall innovations have made our lives better, healthier, and more productive, but has it reduced our frustration level? Are we happier in the 21st century than our ancestors? Was there a benefit to being less aware of politics and being less connected with the world? Has information been cheapened with instant gratification of a mere few keystrokes? Has the rapid change of doing business and sharing information worldwide a little overwhelming at times? Do these questions only add to your anxiety, or are you at ease with the current of change in technology and communication?
None of us lives in a bubble. There will always be a learning curve with unknowns and roadblocks to navigate. When dealing with changing tech or almost anything new to us, patience is needed. It is how we deal with these various invaders that matter most.
Recognizing our frustrations
It is most likely that there will always be something that frustrates us - unless, we can realize how to ignore or overlook the factors that build up to the frustration, very little will change. No matter how good tech gets or how smart we get, there will still be frustrations.
Recognizing our state of frustration is the first identifier. Hearing yourself and placing your awareness on your words and actions is key to dampening the potency of adding to others’ frustrations. Keeping your contagious frustrations as your own and not as a dirty sock to release on the pile, might make life better for everyone you meet.
Not taking others for granted
When fighting any illness, be it Parkinson’s disease or any illness that requires maintenance, it can be easy for some of us to lose our temper, our proper etiquette in dealing with those who know us best, or just taking those who are closest to us for granted. I guess what I am hinting at is that maintaining the appreciation for those who enhance our lives can get trampled in our path when we fail to stop and hear ourselves, especially when frustration sets in.
To read more from Karl Robb in the first part to this series, "Monitoring Our Self-Care: Part One", click HERE.
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