Manage Your Thoughts, Manage Your Stress
If life is 90 percent mental, and your thoughts help to create your reality, then it goes without saying that how you manage stress also impacts your health and overall quality of life.
Are you already stressing out about going home to visit family during the holidays, wondering if your gifts, clothes or car will measure up, or fretting over taking time off and falling behind at work?
The truth is: Nearly all of your stress is perceived. Yes, that’s right. Stress and its negative physical effects on the body result from your thoughts. Have you ever heard the saying: Perception is reality. Whatever you focus on expands. Imagine negativity as a magnet, drawing more to you if you go about your day feeling defeated, with a doom and gloom attitude. Wayne Dyer puts it another way: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Work, relationships, finances and health issues can all serve as stressors. But when you constantly ruminate over imaginary problems, get sucked into other people’s drama, focus on “what ifs,” and unnecessarily worry, your body stays in constant fight-or-flight mode. This releases cortisol and adrenaline. Every thought you have triggers a chemical reaction that goes out into your body. In essence, if you think something bad is happening in your life, whether it is or not, your body responds the same.
Stress reactions in the body heighten one’s awareness, increase alertness, and improve performance. It’s great for test-taking, emergencies and situations where you feel threatened. But, the long-term activation of the stress-response system – and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones – can disrupt almost all your body’s processes and lead to:
• Digestive problems
• Heart disease
• Sleep problems
• Weight gain
• Memory and concentration impairment
So the key to managing stress is learning to let go of what is out of your control – things like the weather, your overbearing mother, or what other people may or may not think of you. It starts by gaining awareness of your thoughts and living more deliberately. When you find yourself complaining or thinking the worst, stop and ask “Is this really happening to me? Is life really so bad?”
If you feel overwhelmed at work, think of ways to say no in a respectful manner or have an honest talk with your boss. If you know debt is hanging over your head, but you keep buying things you cannot afford, cut up your credit cards and stop doing it. If your family or friends tend to be naysayers or put you down, it might be time to limit your time with them, set healthy boundaries, or find more positive people to hang around.
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