As part of my
Stress Relief Techniques class, I teach the importance of gratitude. It's enormously healing, simply because we're naturally such anxious creatures. We're all experts at being stressed and
anxious because our earliest ancestors, who were much more vulnerable than we,
had to be on the lookout incessantly for things that could be detrimental to
their continued well-being. That
tendency has been passed down to us through the generations, and we're now quite
good at it.
Have you ever
noticed that when you’re feeling the most stressed, often you want to eat
more? Worse, you crave things that you
know aren’t healthy for you, like candy bars, cookies, soda or coffee. You know that, if you indulge, not only won’t
you feel better, but it will likely make you feel worse. Still, though, you have a strong desire to do
The reason this
happens is, stress is a result of your subconscious mind thinking that whatever
has triggered the stress is something much worse.
We’ve all heard
the old adage, “Laughter is the best medicine.”
But have you ever stopped to consider why that might be?
healthier when you’re happier because your body is releasing neurotransmitters
and hormones like endorphins, serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin.
physical pain. Serotonin stimulates
feelings of happiness and makes you more social. Dopamine causes you to feel better about yourself,
especially when you’re working toward achieving a goal.
In a recentblog post
I addressed the fact that, as insane as it sounds, stress is actually attractive
to us on a subconscious level. Now that
you’re aware of that fact, it’s also important to become aware, on a conscious
level, of the fact that we are encouraged to be stressed.
We've all heard the expression, "No pain, no
gain." Have you ever
stopped and thought about what that means?
In order to acquire anything you want, you will have to hurt for
We have all experienced stress. We know we don't like the way it feels. We know we wish whatever triggered it would
go away or hadn't happened in the first place.
Stress is just plain yucky, right?
Well, here's something that might surprise you: you are actually attracted to stress. It sounds insane, doesn't it? But it's true.
When humans first showed up on the planet, we had
nothing: no immunity, no weapons, no natural armor.