Now that I'm (well into) my 30s, I've found I have become much more interested in something my 20s self thought was super lame. Now I want to like, you know, grow, as a person. I guess I finally figured I could only get so far blaming my parents for shit, and my youth was rapidly losing it's efficacy as an excuse. Eventually, I guess, I decided a person just has to try and figure some shit out, and may struggle their way to some change.
I've tried a handful of different approaches, I'm certainly not an expert and definitely not enlightened, but lately I've found a few approaches that are helpful for me.
As a general framework for thinking about and dealing with emotions, rather than psychoanalyis and introspection, I've found a lot of benefit from looking at things with an ACT (Acceptance and Committment Therapy) approach. This is basically about using mindfulness techniques to defuse with unhelpful thoughts and emotions, and redirecting your energy towards actions that will help you align with your values. Very practical kind of thing that I've found pretty useful. There are some pretty good books to get started on this too, and since it is kind of skill building and pretty nonspecific in it's application, it is much less dependent on a good therapist than a lot of other shit I've tried in the past
A media resource that I like as well, as kind of bite size food for thought pieces of insight and wisdom, is the School of Life channel on Youtube. I don't agree with everything they say, and usually their videos are too short to really get in depth on any subject, but I find it helpful as kind of a quick reminder of how to reframe my thoughts into a more helpful perspective on various things, I'd recommend looking at their shit for anyone interested in this stuff.https://www.youtube.com/user/schooloflifechannel
Anyone else finding themselves pretty interested in personal or emotional growth these days? How has the process been? Have you found any resources or approaches that you find useful?