Break-down to Build-up

  1. How to come out of break-down?
  2. What to do during the break-down?
  3. How to prevent future break-downs?

Let us make an attempt to answer above three questions.

What is breakdown or mental-breakdown?
Mental breakdown (which we can call just “breakdown” for simplicity sake, also known as “nervous breakdown” or “snapping”) is a non-medical term used to describe a sudden, acute attack of mental condition such as depression or anxiety. Like the term "sanity," the terms "nervous breakdown" and "mental breakdown" do not have any medical definition and are not used in a clinical sense. A mental breakdown is not the same as a panic attack, though mental breakdowns can trigger panic.

What happens during a breakdown?
We all might face the phases of being burnt-out where we are not our normal self. We are using part of our capabilities during those phases which make things more difficult as we are not our 100%. Most of the time goes in not letting us fall further apart rather than how to come out of this phase quickly.

First of all it gets embarrassing to discuss and share it with other people and even if you end up sharing your current phase with your friends you kind of get very standard responses such as “take a vacation”. Your break-down might have been caused by the financial crisis, how impractical is this advice to follow. How can you just go out on vacation when you are struggling to pay your basic fundamental bills such as your rent or mortgage. So what can be done to help the situation?

  1. More meditation:
    1. Spend more time for meditation than usual.
    2. Increase the frequency of meditations. You can also increase the frequency (number of times you do meditation) by replacing activities such as doing meditation during your commute by train or bus rather than reading the newspaper of magazine during all the travel time.
    3. Increase not only the quantity but also the quality by practicing it more “properly”.
    4. Mini-vacation (Minication): Most of these break-down phases catch you probably during the busiest times of your life. You might not take a long break of “vacation” though you can always be a little creative to take a “minication” such as “going to a park and doing a meditation under the tree there rather than at your home”. The fresh air will improve the effect and you just change the location of activity without wasting too much time.
    5. Advance further: If increasing time, frequency & quality is not enough, proceed to more advanced techniques. Ask your meditation guru for help sharing your needs & conditions.
  2. II. Analyze causes: Honestly dig-out to the true root causes of the situation.
    1. What triggers your break-down?
    2. What you find just-not-your-cup-of-tea?
    3. What makes you stressed out?

      Make a list and prioritize the causes by the intensity of stress caused by them. You might not be able to rule out stress completely from your life though there is very good chance that you can figure out some insights and ways to move away from stress creators and move closer to feel-better generators.

  3. Opportunity to re-engineer yourself:
    1. Attitude: If you have some personality flaw such as too much anger or impatience and you figure out in your analysis phase that changing yourself a little bit will help, go ahead and do it. At least give it a shot for a week and see whether this changes the situations or not.
    2. Prioritize: Prioritize and just focus on very few selected things.
    3. Simplify: The most simplified life is the happiest life. Try to reduce complexity, consolidate and simplify as much as possible till things become more manageable.
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