| Hiya, J.C.Keenan. This piece of yours was interesting. When you mentioned how negative thoughts can lead to health issues, it reminded me of Proverbs 17:22, in the Bible, where we're told, A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
I've also read that 80% of our 70,000 daily thoughts are negative. Yikes! I agree journaling can be a good way to express our innermost thoughts and exam ourselves. Another way of combating negative thoughts, so I've heard, is to write down the blessings in one's life. Again, I can't help but think of that spot in the Bible where it says, Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. — Philippians 4:8
A couple of things:
The very first sentence has an unnecessary comma. Your third sentence also has an unnecessary comma. That sentence is also missing a word: "There's a lot to talk about but I don't want to mention his name..."
Under The Beginning, I would take out the last little sentence: "Can't blame him though..." Feels like there should be more there. That the sentence is leading into something more. Instead, I'm left hanging.
If you're looking for a more "essay" approach to this subject, you could research how keeping a journal helps control negative thoughts. Oh, and give sources as to how health is linked to negativity.
You know, depression and anxiety can sometimes be cause by poor diet. I get that social anxiety is different than "regular" anxiety. I have a friend, I'll call him...Steve...and while he's comfortable with his immediate family and has made a few close friends, he struggles with meeting groups of people. Personally, I grew up pretty shy, myself. It wasn't until I got married that I lost some of my social anxiety. It's not completely gone, but it's not nearly as bad. I think having kids also forces one to "get over" that anxiety.
But I digress.
As I struggle with anxiety, I've done a lot of reading on it and much of it is triggered by diet. Does Jon drink a lot of alcohol? Eat a lot of foods with sugar? Take in too much caffeine? Is he low in Vitamin D and Magnesium? Those are all depression/anxiety triggers. Since many of us don't absorb nutrients like we should, it could be that Jon is just lacking in that department. Worth looking into at any rate, as it could be a simple fix.
Alrighty, gettin' off my soap box now.
I've enjoyed looking into this topic and your thoughts on it.
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