Stress and the Mind-Body Connection
Are negative thoughts weighing you down?
Specialists like Charles Lightwalker know that, at the office, stress can decrease productivity because worry wastes time better spent taking care of the task at hand.
Stress is also one of the key factors in many chronic conditions, including diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Some heart attacks have such a strong Mind-Body connection that there is a term for it: Broken Heart Syndrome.
Are you making yourself sick with thoughts that stress you out? Do you worry too much? Do you waste time ruminating about things that could go wrong?
More importantly, do you want to change your negativity into a more neutral or positive focus that is better for your health and productivity?
As is the case with many, we are too close to ourselves and our thinking. It is a “can’t see the forest for the trees” effect. The thought seems like the truth, even when it is just one viewpoint. Someone else may see the same set of circumstances (and potential solutions) very differently.
When a thought comes to mind, can you step away internally and observe the thought?
Worriers tend to get drawn into an ever-descending dialogue of dread, doubt, and fear. By recognizing the difference between “thinker” mode and becoming an “observer,” you can change the dialogue going on in your mind. When you’re in “observer” mode, you can stand by in neutral way and are less likely to get dragged down by unnecessary stress.
Talk about “Easier said than done!”
How do you better understand your negative thought patterns and change them before they drag you down, reducing your ability to fight off illness?