One Perfectly Natural Solution for Chronic Stress
As chronic stress becomes more prevalent, more and more people are searching for a natural solution. The heavier the demands on the individual and the longer the situation continues the more serious the symptoms will be and the more we need to know about this condition.
The Mayo Clinic has outlined these effects of chronic stress:
- Gaining Weight or Losing Weight
- Muscle Pain
- Panic Attacks
- Low Self-Esteem
- Excessive Alcohol Consumption
- Sleep Disturbances
- Use of Non-Prescription Drugs
- Inappropriately Angry or Negative
- Gastrointestinal Upset
- High Blood Pressure
- Tooth Grinding
- Pounding Heart
- Shortness of Breath
- Back Pain
What happens when we’re experiencing these symptoms is that a visit to the doctor seems logical. We can almost predict the outcome here. Traditionally trained doctors will invariably opt to treat stress symptoms by prescribing an anti-anxiety medication. Unfortunately, many of these drugs have incredibly long lists of side effects and can be highly addictive- creating serious withdrawal symptoms when patients try to stop using them.
Creating Empowering Thoughts
“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!” -Henry Ford
The good news is that we can choose to create new habits that support a healthier way of handling the demands of life. The first thing that we can do is to choose to consciously create empowering thoughts. Arguably, the most important key to natural stress management is using what we call “positive self-talk”. If we put a negative spin on our thoughts, constantly focusing on problems or potential problems, we will end up thinking irrationally, not sleeping well and generally obsessing about what’s wrong and everything else that can go wrong.
Many of us learned how to think this way as far back as childhood. In early childhood, we absorb these messages very easily and these become long-held beliefs. As you think about it, did you hear messages like “Life is difficult” or “Nothing ever goes right for me”? These limiting beliefs can effect us detrimentally throughout our lives in very unexpected ways.
Using simple mind control techniques, we can learn to replace old dysfunctional beliefs with calm, empowering thoughts. We can become more aware of the negativity and begin to replace old thoughts with a new kind of inner dialogue.
Starting every day with new thoughts, “I am going to have a really good day today”…”I believe in myself”… “I’m sure that things will work out well”….There’s more to come on Stress Management, and more on a natural solution for chronic stress but changing our thinking is a great place to start.