The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Undeniably, the brain is so very fragile. An overload can make you a different person overnight. Suffering sudden or cumulative devastation, overwhelming sadness, illness, highly traumatic occurrence(s), stress, taking on an abundance of huge responsibility or tasks are several common examples of what can lead to mental exhaustion which leads to a mental breakdown. Due to the mental shift, coping with daily life can be impacted. There's a loss of interest in things that previously provided you with pleasure, such as food, social interaction or hobbies. Additionally, the breakdown might include feelings of fear, ineptitude, loneliness, and desperation.

Witnessing a breakdown firsthand

I am a witness. My friend was working, housekeeping, dating, and enjoying life when his best friend was killed. The following week, his mother abruptly passed away. Something ‘clicked’ - he suffered a mental breakdown. He's hasn't been the same person since that second phone call in many of the above-stated ways.

The power of the mind

On the other hand, there is the mind - the invisible, transcendent world of thought, feeling, attitude, belief and imagination - and it's so very powerful. It is unlimited in potential. Just by letting the mind do what it was created by God to do, you can create anything you desire. Jesus said that if we had faith the size of a mustard seed, we could tell the mountain to move and it would move. These words demonstrate that even the Son of God knows the power of our thoughts, since words are formed from thoughts. All we have to do is believe in what we think and allow those thoughts to come to fruition.

When the focus is on what you can't do

I recall a conversation with a fellow MS’r who allowed his mind to focus on the devastation, sadness, stress and hindrances of MS. His thoughts were spoken with a series of ‘can't do’ words.

“I can't go up or down stairs anymore.”

“I can't play on the floor or run, walk play base or basketball with my grandchildren.”

“I can't take my wife out dancing"

“I can't work.”

“I can't do any of the things I used to do anymore.”

The impact of negativity

At the time, I remember thinking that the conversation was incredibly dismal. I certainly could identify, but I thought he could definitely use his mind for better... All that negativity was wasting it - and his overall health - away. Wasting away with the ‘can't do’s’ is debilitating mentally which leads to depression, breakdowns, and even flares and exacerbations.

Helping your spirit remain high

Filling your car with gas is necessary. It allows it to drive. Filling your cup with water to drink is beneficial. It quenches your thirst. Filling your heart with love is rewarding. It spreads kindness. And filling your mind with “can do's” is vital. It avoids mental decline. Concentrating on all of what you're still able to do, what you have, who you may have, creating ways to live in spite of the challenges MS brings, and having faith that even if your health goes low, your spirits will be high.

Your mind is a terrible thing to waste, so take care of it by filling it with positivity, optimism, hope, and the like.

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