Considering the following perspective/advice from weight loss hypnotherapist Kristin Volk Funk (author of "As Thin as You Think") has certainly helped me manage my stress:
"My grandparents certainly had a lot more stress in their lives than I (two World Wars, the Great Depression, immigrating alone from foreign lands with little or no money, lack of modern medicine), but I can't remember them ever complaining of being "stressed". Think back...how often did the elders in your life say they were "stressed"?
Before 1950, the word "stress" was a term used only in physics to describe one force pushing against another. At some point, it started being used to describe an emotional state and quickly caught on as a "go to" word to describe everyday events.
Is it possible that one of the reasons people today are feeling so stressed is because they are labeling themselves as such? Happiness is only a few words away.
Try substituting "stress" with words such as "busy" or "fulfilled" in your inner and outer speech and enjoy the immediate positive results. Here are some thoughts to substitute:
"I'm super busy today and I love being busy"
"My day is filled with activities that I enjoy"
"Today, I have many opportunities to feel useful"
"I'm so grateful to have (kids, work, chores) that give my life meaning and purpose"
"I do what I love and I love what I do" "
Source: Volk Funk, Kristen. "December News, Events, and Cooking Tip." New Health Visions (15 Dec. 2011). Print.
- 1/15/2012 2:07:17 PM