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Why are we so hard on ourselves?

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Why are we so hard on ourselves?

In this episode of the Recovered Life Show, host Damon Frank interviews Candace Dale McKenzie, a licensed marriage and family therapist, about why people tend to be so hard on themselves, especially during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. They discuss the concept of reintegration anxiety, the importance of recognizing the difference between anxiety-driven thoughts and reality, and the need for self-care and community support. They also address the misconception that suffering from addiction means one is broken and emphasize the importance of self-reflection, journaling, and gratitude.

Main Takeaways:

  1. Reintegration anxiety is a result of people feeling overwhelmed and inadequate as they transition back to their normal lives after the pandemic.
  2. It is essential to differentiate between anxiety-driven thoughts and the reality of a situation, as thoughts and feelings are valid but not always the truth.
  3. Engaging in self-care, such as taking breaks, setting intentions, and journaling, is crucial for mental well-being and does not equate to selfishness.
  4. Suffering from addiction does not mean someone is broken; everyone is perfectly imperfect, and seeking help is a sign of strength.
  5. Building a supportive community and fostering a sense of gratitude can help alleviate negative self-talk and promote personal growth.

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