Being curious about your emotions can also help you understand the bigger story you’re telling yourself. The stories you tell yourself become your reality, and you have the power to shift your narrative. This is a core aspect of cultivating mental strength – and it’s an idea that’s gaining traction in the greater healthcare community.
Narrative therapy(this link opens in a new window/tab) focuses on separating the person from whatever challenge, obstacle, or stressor they’re going through. Just as a key piece of moving through stress is shifting how you perceive it, a key piece of coping with challenges is recognizing the story you’re telling yourself and shifting to a more empowering, self-supportive story. You create your own truths, which means you can create new truths.