Stress and anxiety can take on a life of their own. We end up worrying about the stress and anxiety.
We feel we need to beat it, overpower it, take charge of it.
Here’s an alternative: use the language of love. Be loving, inspiring and uplifting towards yourself because it’s a fact that where the mind goes, the body follows.
A thought takes 60 seconds to flood your body. It begins as a thought and shifts to a feeling. Stressful and anxious thoughts can fill every cell of your body. This becomes the pre-cursor for ill-health when it happens over a long stretch of time.
In fact, you don’t even need to be consciously thinking. Have you ever woken up in the morning and you already feel dread and anxiety? Your body has automatically taken you straight to stress.
Switch to kindness
It works exactly the same if you switch thoughts to kindness, self-compassion and love. Except it feels a whole lot better! It can work both ways. Remember a time when you were excited about an event or a loved one, and these thoughts felt happy and got you buzzing?
This is how you can approach stress and anxiety. Maybe you could even ditch those stress-laden words and simply look at how you can take better care of yourself, with love and kindness. The language of self-compassion. It has a direct response within your body.
Louie Schwartzberg says this about our world, and I think it’s true of ourselves too:
We have all the answers to fix the environment, the only thing missing is a change in our behaviour.
We do have the answers; our bodies know how to keep us calm and in good health. It’s just that stress and anxiety seem to have taken over. It’s become so familiar to feel this way.
To change is to act greater than the familiar feelings of the memorized self.
So how about changing those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety?
Think in terms of your own self-worth. You are worth investing time in!
You can learn to shift the energy you expend on feeling stressed and anxious. And instead, feel empowered to experience more kindness, love and joy.
Every day is a chance to change, to grow and renew.
Take better care of you. We will never eliminate stress and anxiety from life, but there really are better ways of managing it.
If you live in the Alton, Hampshire area you may be interested in this Be Kind to Yourself: 4 Weeks to Manage Anxiety starting 7 November. Details here.
Alternatively, search the internet for stress-management or mindfulness courses near you.
Your awareness is your power!
Yvette Jane –
Be kind to yourself at Place of Serenity