What's Your Mental Capacity?
Updated: Jul 15
The mind is a funny thing. It's like a playground full of children that is so excited about all of the fun it can have. Automatic thoughts come into our minds and it's often hard to shut them off, our emotions run high due to the demands of the day, and the threshold for how much we can bare began to reach it's limits.
Identifying your mental capacity is basically you identifying how much you can handle. Your thoughts influence your emotions, which in turn, influences your behaviors. Becoming aware of how much you can handle is vital to your life. Several years ago, in 2008 to be exact, I became ill. I started experiencing some sharp pains in my right leg and foot and it wouldn't go away. Eventually the pain began to move around my body and all of the pain began to radiate through any part of my body at anytime; it was never connected. To my knowledge, nothing in particular triggered the pain and it was becoming increasingly worse. I went to the doctor and they couldn't quite figure out what was wrong. My symptoms began to mimic fibromyalgia, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. I was eventually referred to a neurologist so that he could run test to determine the true diagnosis. After conducting a nerve ending test, it was determined that I had what is called myofascial pain syndrome. I had never heard of this disorder before and was convinced that the doctor made it up. The neurologist explained to me that our bodies have a limit as to how much stress it can handle at one time. Once it reaches that threshold, our bodies began to respond and many things can occur. In my case, my body developed this disorder. It caused pressure on sensitive points in my muscles and radiated pain to different parts of my body randomly at any given time. This disorder is typically diagnosed due to an injury or the overuse of your muscles. For me, my body was under so much stress that my muscles were tensing up and being overused.
Now, I had heard people say all the time, "stress kills." Well, I am a witness that stress can definitely have a negative effect on your body! I had to undergo physical therapy and I was in pain for a very long time. I had to make a decision to monitor my stress levels and to not let anyone or anything get me to that point ever again. I monitor my thoughts and emotions regularly and I determine how much I can handle at one time. I learned how to shut off my thoughts and challenge the irrational thoughts and fears so that they can no longer live in my mind. I practice self-care through prayer, meditation, music, singing, writing, taking a bath, going for a walk, or watching my favorite tv show. I spend time with my friends and loved ones and I remember that I never want to feel that pain again. Your mental capacity should be monitored daily and your ability to let go and say no should also be added to your self-care regimen. Moving forward, I urge you to take the time to assess your mental capacity and monitor whether or not you have reached your threshold on high stress filled days. Your mental, emotional, and physical health will all thank you. Remember, your mental health depends on it! #MJConsistencyChallenge #MJConsistencyPays