Tell yourself stories that help you

We’re wired to love a good story.

From the initial hook to the happy or surprise ending, we love to hear about conflict and triumph.

And when the ending is sad our hearts hurt.

We share national stories.

We share family stories.

We share personal stories.

Sometimes, they’re a single sentence:

Wedding dress, never worn.

Sometimes they cover lifetimes:

War and Peace.

Stories connect us.

We share experiences… feelings… events…

We share what we know and what we question.

One of the best things we can do for our own mental health is to stop every now and then and check our own stories. Are the stories we’re telling ourselves helping us or hurting us?

To thinking about the stories you’re telling yourself and others and consciously choosing the ones that help.