Where Does Stress Come From?
From the time you were young you probably heard people talking about being stressed out. Then the moment you experienced stress for yourself, you immediately knew what people were was complaining about!
Stress is a normal part of life, but where does stress come from? What is the origin of our stress? This is a question that many people ask but can never quite pinpoint it.
Where Is the Origin of Stress?
If you were to ask 10 people where their stress comes from you will probably get answers like their kids, family, work, money, etc. These are stress factors that are common to almost everyone. Yet, when you hear these answers and really begin to dig a bit deeper, you will begin to notice that while these may indeed be causes of stress, they are not where our stress actually comes from. So, where does stress come from?
There are different schools of thought about where our stress comes from. Stress is our body’s response to the demands that we place on it. Those demands may be physical, mental, or emotional in nature, and when we place these demands on our bodies, chemicals and hormones, such as Cortisol and Neuropeptide Y, are released into our bloodstreams and then we feel stressed.
Stressful Thinking Leads to Stressful Feelings
Some believe that stress can stem from our own minds. This is true to the extent that we can cause a buildup of stress by getting mired in our worries, fears, and anxieties.
We often get into a habit of beginning with a negative thought, and proceed to convince ourselves of things which simply are not true. For example, have you ever convinced yourself that you are not good enough, smart enough, or pretty enough to do a particular thing? This negative self-talk creates stress within your own mind. Unfortunately, these thoughts are usually going on in your subconscious because somewhere along the line we have come to accept these negative thoughts as truths. And we do this even when we know the real truth is a far different story. This is why we need to begin to reign in our negative thoughts and replace them with positive truths.
Stress is indeed a normal part of life so you can never escape it altogether. What really matters is how you deal with stress. And, we all experience and deal with stress differently. So, there is no one-size-fits-all stress treatment!
How Do I Deal with Stress?
As we now know, stress is a bodily response to the pressures and demands that we place on ourselves in every day life. To limit the negative effects of stress, such as heart attack, breathing problems, and stomach problems, you will need to learn how to actively manage your stress. There are many simple stress coping strategies that you can employ such as:
- Getting more exercise
- Using positive self-talk
- Getting more restful sleep
- Eating a healthier diet
- Knowing your work limits
- Saying no when you need to
- Asking for help
- Creating time for fun
- Using positive imagery
- Employing deep breathing techniques
- Listening to calming music
- Clearing your life and workspace of clutter
- Keeping things simple
These are all effective ways to deal with the stress in your life. However, you need to remember that the goal is to proactively manage your stress, to deal with the stress before it becomes a major issue. If you spend all of your time reacting to your stress, rather than staying a step ahead of it, you will be spending most of your time putting out fires. Instead, if you continually implement just a few of these stress management techniques, you will live a healthier, happier, and more productive life!
How Stressful Thinking Can Affect You
We all encounter stress from day to day and minute to minute, but how we deal with stress determines whether it propels us forward or imprisons and holds us back. Stressful thinking is often frenzied, inaccurate, and unreliable, yet many of us go through life thinking and behaving in stressful manners. Many just assume or accept that this is the way life has to be, and that there is no getting around it. But there is an easier way.
Silencing your negative thinking may be easier than you have ever imagined it could be, but it begins with a positive proactive thinking.
Negative Thinking, Positive Aspirations, and You
Negative thinking not only controls the way we approach life, but it can also affect our body, mind, and relationships in negative ways. When you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you have the power to move forward in a healthier and more productive way. With enough time and effort, you can change your thought process, and it all begins with just a few words.
The Power of A Few Words…Using Affirmations
We have affirmations every week on this site. When you see a list of affirmations, you see nothing more than a list of words with idealistic phrases that do not seem to apply to your current state of thinking. If you look a little closer at each affirmation, you may find that many of them encapsulate the way you would like to be thinking.
When you see a positive phrase that speaks to you, latch onto it and use it to extinguish the negative thoughts you want to get rid of. In essence, you will be replacing your negative thinking pattern with a positive approach. This is what positive affirmations are all about!
Affirmations are positive statements that stimulate your mind to accomplish all of the great things you would like. Words have the power to move mountains because they can evoke emotions within each of us. If you use an affirmation that speaks to you on a deep level, and you reaffirm it by repeating it to yourself often, you can make that statement your mantra and eventually your reality.
If you are overcome by negative thinking to the point that you believe that no affirmation can work for you, do not lose hope! There are many affirmations that can help you deal with that as well!
Using an affirmation such as, “Negative thinking is not my way of thinking” will begin to give you the power to change your thought process and your life. It will feel awkward at first. But as you reaffirm the positive emotions you desire, your negative thinking will be gradually be replaced with positive thoughts.
There are many different affirmations to help you with negative thinking. Something as simple as, “Negative thoughts cannot enter my mind” will allow you a moment and a little space and time to replace your feelings of anger or frustration with a positive thought.
Does this sound too good to be true or useful? There are many people who, just like you, think this strategy is much too simple to be effective. The only way to know for certain is to try it for yourself. What do you have to lose? No one has to know but you, and you just may find that the benefits are so great that you want to share them with everyone you know.
Can’t think of any affirmations on your own?