Your mind can be your best friend or it can be your worst enemy. The thing about the mind is that clutter, useless thoughts and external distractions can and usually will cause it to function poorly if not cause it to be erratic and/or chaotic. A disciplined mind with clear and focused thinking is the key to a healthier mind. Stress is the result of an undisciplined mind that is distracted easily by external forces. A mind that has stress is similar to a computer that is overheating, while stressed the mind is unable to function properly and becomes chaotic in the way it reacts to situations. How can we reduce stress or learn to avoid stress all together is something we all need to learn to do.
Irrational thought and self degrading thoughts are but wasted mental energy, they are remnants of shame, guilt and the uncertainty within your subconscious. Any guilt that one feels should be short-lived, once you learn the lessons from the mistakes you made you are supposed to move on. Holding on to such negative emotions and thoughts only serve to weigh you down and cause you to be indecisive. Forgive yourself and learn from your mistakes, don’t live in the aftermath of them. If you have learned from your mistakes and never repeat them then you should carry little to no guilt. For what is done is done and beyond sincerely apologizing or full disclosure of your guilt in the matter, there is little that one can do beyond that.
Learn from the lessons life brings you, don’t live in them. Be one who acts upon the circumstances around them,not one who reacts. Forgive others and yourself, for no person is without fault or blame. Be yourself and learn what it means to be true to yourself as well. Always remember your thoughts, words and actions not only affect you, they affect every one around you and sometimes even those you will never meet.