The thing about the stories we tell ourselves is that we often aren’t aware of what exactly they are, and we become their puppets. In psychology, we call them “core beliefs,” “hidden assumptions,” and “negative automatic thoughts.”
For example: If you’ve lived watching your parents suffer through their day-to-day lives, then you may automatically believe that that’s your destiny too. But just as Gen Z has very different needs from Millennials, Gen Yers, and Gen Xers— where every generation automatically calls the next one ‘snowflakes,” “entitled,” and “unable to take hardships,” we’ve all been raised in very different socioeconomic backdrops that shape who we are, and our needs.
Or maybe you think it’s shallow to be happy, or someone’s told you that. But the idea of Everyday Amazing isn’t about overtly chasing happiness (or your image of it). But rather, do you feel guilty and talk yourself out of moments of joy, pleasure, or even contentment?
Otherwise, if there’s a mental health challenge you struggle with on a daily basis that makes everyday feel like a Sisyphean task, know that support is available.
Making these switches also means that you have to give something up. It could be an old way of living— for me, the excuse that I lived in a tiny city and had to keep escaping— or having to forgo some creature comforts like cab rides all the time when you decide that taking public transport forces you to walk (and perspire) more. Or, having to explain these new choices to someone in your life.
Consider how different your life would be, and the rewards you’d reap, once you commit to them.