Good, old-fashioned work and productivity can take care of a multitude of grief and problems.
Thinking too much and having too much idle time on your hands can create a less than healthy emotional, psychological, and intellectual climate. When we are not productively engaged in work, intellectual pursuits, and taking care of life’s responsibilities, we can self-destruct.
As a psychologist, I have watched people who were suffering with depression, anxiety, regret, grief, and a multitude of other maladies common to mankind overcome and go beyond their issue into health and well-being simply by becoming productive—by finding something to do. Granted, sometimes the condition is very complicated and “good, old-fashioned work” will not solve the problem (because some psychological disorders are very complex and serious), but for most of us, becoming externally focused and busy doing things that keep our minds productively engaged helps us to stop internalizing all of our woes.
All of us have regrets about our past, concerns for our present, and fears about our future; but those thoughts need not cause a state of anxiety and depression.
So many people live in a constant state of worry and anxiety. Most of the people who walked through my door seeking counseling had a problem with anxiety, which comes from fear and worry. Sometimes people have had an anxiety state or depression since childhood, so their condition is not simple and may be hereditary.
But many people who are struggling through their lives could feel remarkably better simply by becoming productively engaged in a job or activities that are challenging or intellectually stimulating.
As a young woman, I went through a divorce I did not seek. I was devastated by this loss and was depressed and hopeless. I had just completed my master’s degree in psychology and wanted no part of going back to school, but I decided that in order to keep my sanity and keep my mind fully and completely engaged in productive endeavor, I would work on a doctorate. Perhaps by the time I completed the degree I would be beyond the divorce and would have retained and maintained my sanity; furthermore, I’d have a degree that would change my life.
All of the above was accomplished. The divorce ended up being one of the best things that happened in my life and earning my doctorate and becoming a psychologist was the best professional move I could have made. I came through my crisis without emotional devastation and grew professionally and educationally beyond my dreams.
Productive endeavor and challenge played an important role in turning a nightmare into God’s best for my life.
The more you are productively engaged in intellectual, stimulating pursuits and working hard every day to take care of your personal responsibilities, the less emotional stress and turmoil you will experience.
The result of good, old-fashioned work and productive endeavor works magic for your emotional and physical health.
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Brenda Kerr says
Debra Torau says
Such good and practical advice. I’ve found productivity to be very helpful in all stages of my life. Although some problems run deeper, a lot of progress can be made when focusing on a project or goal. I don’t have the time to wallow in my disappointment.
Dr. Brenda Rambo says
Debbie, good to hear your comments. I find the busier I am the healthier and happier.
Cheryl Johnson says
Thank you Brenda for such insight. You are a testament to your teaching…you walk the talk. I too am a believer that good ol’ work will help our mental state and outlook. We all have issues that could consume our days if we let them. Getting out in the fresh air also helps me…nothing like God’s beauty to calm my perspective.
Karen M says
Productivity is magical. Instead of focusing on yourself or your worries, you are bettering yourself, creating something or helping someone. Any of these truly do have the magic to lift your spirits.
Kimberly Black says
Love this one too! Thank you!!
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