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How To Prevent a Nervous Breakdown

Dust happens. Your house can't exist in a vacuum, and that's why it has to be cleaned regularly. No matter how careful you are, dust will enter. Same with the mind. You desire to keep it quiet and serene, but life kicks up mental and emotional noise and dust that needs to be dealt with. So, how do you deal with it?
The key is to not let it accumulate. As a storm gathers, so does stress. It's only when disorder or disturbances accumulate that they become overwhelming and feel beyond your ability to handle. It's much easier to clean a dusty house than a dirty house. Resolve or relax any disturbance on the spot. Don't carry it over to the next minute, the next next hour and especially not the next day. Stress prevents you from living the next moment free and clear making it easier to collect. You lose clarity and power which diminishes your immunity to handle the next stressful situation, creating a thicker and thicker barrier to relaxation and recovery.
If you don't eat or drink too much today, you won't have a hangover tomorrow. If you let go of anger, resentment, fear, jealousy, etc., today, there's no foundation for it to grow or fester. Stressful thoughts or feelings are dis-eases that grow like any bacteria grows. Stop them on arrival or prevent them from arising in the first place through constant diligence. Diligence is the cost of freedom from the accumulation of stress. Begin and end your day in a relaxed and detached way. Let the little dings and pressures of the day flow away from you like water off a duck's back.
You can't let your house go but you can let the dust go. Likewise, you can't let life go, but you can let unproductive or negative thoughts and feelings go. Clean one room at a time, one thought or feeling at a time, one moment at a time. Enter the moment in a state of calm acceptance of every one and every thing just as it is without thinking anything of it. If you can change it, do so; if not, drop it. This is the definition of love, wisdom and meditation. Be a lover not a loser. Don't let the world suck you in. Keep a respectable distance from it. The external world also consists of your thoughts and feelings. Yes, they are external to you, external to the higher you. Keep them that way. It's for you to overlook them, and never let them overlook you.
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