How to Deal with Adversity2023-11-26

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Stress, pain, and anxiety can lead to individuals fighting hard to overcome them, and becoming stronger, if they have high energy/mood, and positive growth mindset/cognition, dependent on intrinsic motivation and internal validation/locus of control. Conversely, they can lead to individuals giving up and becoming weaker, if they have low energy/mood (depression), and a negative achievement mindset/cognition, dependent on extrinsic motivation and external validation/locus of control.

A good mood and a positive mindset can be achieved and maintained bio-socio-psychologically. Biologically, treating mood disorders with the right medications and nutraceuticals, light and chrono therapy (sleep regulation), exercise, nutrition. Socially, having an environment that is enriched and supportive, monitoring what and who in your life boosts your mood. Psychologically, knowing that this too shall pass, that challenges faced and overcome lead to growth, that you have won such battles before and you can win again.

Life is going to be hard at times, so make sure you have high energy and a positive growth mindset. Then everything happens for you, not to you.

Live. Happier. Longer.