Making A Change Starts Within You

"you got this" written on pavement

You Are Responsible For Making A Change

It is never too late to make a change. Making changes is like pressing the reset button; it helps you start over and head down a new and improved path. But only you can make the change.

One mistake people make is that they hope they can make a change with the help of others. No one in this world can make a change in you besides yourself. You are the master of your life. Even if someone helps you make a change, you must continue implementing that change; not that person.

Another mistake people make is not following up on the change. They may go a day or two with the implemented change but stop afterwards; it may become too difficult to keep the change, they get distracted and deviate off track or they simply give up. Keeping a change requires persistence, motivation and determination.

Changes require effort, time and drive. But anything is doable if you put your heart and mind into it. Do not make the mistake of waiting for others to help you make a change. Start today and take responsibility yourself!

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

Why Your Complaints Do Not Help

Man holding cell phone that says "stop complaining"

Grow Up And Take Responsibility

Complaining is a negative trait or characteristic that a lot of people carry around; they do not realize how much harm the act of complaining does to their physical health, relationships and mental health.

When you complain, the body releases a stress hormone from the adrenal gland (a small gland on top of your kidney) called cortisol. Repeated cortisol release secondary to complaining can impair your immune system, making you more susceptible to developing high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and strokes. Think of your immune system as your “second brain.” When your “second brain” is impaired, so is your body.

Complaining also negatively affects your relationships. Nobody enjoys hearing a complainer whine about his or her day; it sets off an air of negativity which impacts you and makes you no longer want to spend time with that person.

How about your mental health? You guessed it! Repeatedly complaining can make you depressed, anxious, stressed and miserable. It promotes a vicious cycle: you become stressed and miserable resulting in complaints, and the complaints then result in more stress and anxiety.

When we talk about sharing our experiences and advice on the The DSM Ready Movement, we by no means intend on promoting the act of complaining. DSM Ready is about growth development, taking responsibility for our actions and words and helping each other elevate to the next level.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)