I can’t stress this too much. But I can over EMPHA-SIZE it. In fact, inflating the size of something is one way we often create stress. We say things like “this is a disaster,” “what a nightmare,” or “that was the worst xyz ever.”
The floods in Colorado this week are a disaster. Most of the time, our personal challenges are more like a speed bump.
Recurring flashbacks to combat, accidents or assaults are nightmares. When things don’t go our way, that’s feedback about what to do differently.
We’ve only been around for a blink of the cosmic eye so “worst” and “ever” are common exaggerations.
But so what, right? They’re just words. Actually, your words and the thoughts they reflect will have a BIG impact on how your body responds.
Hypnosis (and laughter yoga) shows that your body can’t tell the difference between what’s real and imagined. That’s why a scary movie can get your heart pounding, or a sad one might make you cry.
You’re basically playing movies in your mind all the time. Sometimes you’re more focused on the visuals. Other times you get caught up in the narration. And often you just notice the result as discomfort in your body without realizing the power of choice you have over the pictures and sounds.
In other words, your thoughts!
So my one HUGE tip for you to reduce stress this week is to shrink the size and scope of how you refer to challenges.
Do you belong in a straight jacket because the kids are driving you crazy or are they a little louder or needier than usual today? On a busy day at work, are you really drowning, or do you just have a lot on your plate?
Which one feels better? Go with that and discover how much more resourcefully your body will respond.
Then start to notice how taking control of your perspective is just one example of how you are learning to use your mind/body connection intentionally and voluntarily to create happiness and good health instead of unconsciously and involuntarily allowing your mind to create discomfort and dis-ease in your body. That is the crux of my work!
Call me for more in-depth private stress reduction help. We’ll start with a free 15 minute phone consultation: 707-845-3749.
Abraham Lincoln said: “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”