Are you mentally exhausted? Understanding and learning how to achieve emotional privacy may be beneficial to your mental health by awarding you an emotional (mental) respite.
Emotional privacy (not a professional term) may be best understood as relinquishing constant thoughts of others by replacing them with intrapersonal thoughts.
A person needs to be aware of their thoughts or where their thoughts wander. Do you find yourself worrying and thinking about others; your children, family, partner or problems associated with them? Do those thoughts consume or invade your leisurely thoughts leaving no room for personal growth and insight?
If so, you may need emotional privacy.
Before we can implement emotional privacy, we need to be aware of our thoughts, thought patterns and processes. Basically, what this means is “what do you think about when you don’t have to think?” Stop and be mindful of the thoughts entering your mind at rest.
Are you a productive thinker, a worry-wart or are your thoughts stuck on pleasing others?
In certain individuals, they cannot focus on themselves as they are continuously ‘keeping peace’ in a marriage or family. Their thoughts are stuck on ‘not rocking the boat;’ “I have to remember to do this or it will make my partner mad,” or a mental high alert akin to parents concerned with their child’s chronic medical issues.
These scenarios keep an individual from attaining an ‘emotional time-out.’ It is suggested people in these situations need an emotional respite by learning how to switch negative thinking to positive thinking.
Unfortunately, victims of any abuse may be on a constant ‘mental high alert.’ Their thoughts are focused on their personal well-being or safety diminishing the opportunity to have introspection. They cannot afford the self awareness required to have an emotional respite to gain personal growth.
We cannot achieve self awareness if our thoughts are continuously focused on other people.
Individuals who feel mentally overwhelmed may need to ‘free’ their minds from constant worries/concerns as the stress will build up creating a barrier to inner peace.
Where does your mind wander?
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*The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and not intended to replace professional advice.