Stress, especially during the holidays, seems to be an inevitable part of our fast paced lives.
In many ways stress is healthy — short-term stress is protective, not harmful generating alertness, building resiliency, boosting immunity, and even motivating you to succeed.
But our modern lifestyles seem to encourage chronic stress — creating a sense of helplessness, feeling out of control of a situation, prone to procrastination, and dealing with compromised immunity.
Stress is a major reason so many of us struggle with our weight and body image, with eating the right foods in the right amounts, and finding overall happiness in life.
Overwhelming stress — even stressful thoughts — triggers the release of hormones that produce an energy burst designed to literally “save your life.”
But most of our stress comes from traffic jams, work deadlines, family squabbles, thoughts about how fat we are, worries about how many calories we ate, and other decidedly not life threatening events. And here’s the result:
- Excess fat storage
- Exhausted adrenal glands
- Disrupted hormones
- Moodiness, lethargy, lack of motivation
- Food cravings, emotional eating, over-indulging
- Demeaning and overwhelming thoughts about yourself and your life, and
- Troubled relationships
We end up feeling totally drained.
I have a quick fix to help you start unraveling the stress in your life. It involves a simple shift in your perception using a tool called Reframing.
Reframing helps you decide how you will handle inevitable situations that can derail you from your goals and create stress.
Learn to neutralize your go-to negative thoughts, words, and reactions from their nerve-wracking effects and you can begin to break the cycle of destructive patterns that keep you stuck in chronic stress.
3 simple yes or no questions help you decide how you will react to the stuff of life:
Can I change the situation?
Can I leave the situation?
Can I change myself to fit or adapt to the situation?
The first two questions may often be answered with a “no,” but the third question will always yield a “yes!”
Your perception of life is your reality. You have the power to change your mind. All you have to do is choose to see a “terrible” situation for the opportunity that it really is… a chance for:
- Personal growth
…The options for how each moment can teach us to be more mindful, loving, lighthearted, and gracious are endless.
If you want to eliminate holiday stress in a snap start asking these 3 questions when you feel stress bubbling up. You will learn to attune your vision to find the opportunity in everything you experience.
What a transformation that will be!