Notice what you tell yourself about stress, your health, resilience, etc. That little background voice can be pretty subtle, but it’s worth noticing what your beliefs are.
Exhibiting symptoms of PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) is so common that it is now being referred to as simply SD, or Stress Disorder. A couple health practitioners I know say that almost everyone they treat has these symptoms. Stress Disorder could be described as living in a constant state of fight, flight or freeze.
If this sounds like your experience of stress, my first recommendation is to notice your thinking while feeling stressed. What thoughts might be contributing to the feeling? Could you shift that thinking into something less intense?
The only real enemy is the story in our heads.
A tip for when you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious is to separate your logical (left) side of your brain from your emotional (right) side of your brain, so the logical side can deal with the problem or the long list of things unfeelingly. The logical side could not care less about how much you have to do or what fires you have to put out. It will work systematically and logically for as long as you need it to, being productive and efficient.
When it comes time to make decisions or get a clear understanding, bring in the feeling side of your brain and your intuition.
Are you having trouble slowing down and taking time to do things for yourself? As you know, when you do slow down and nurture yourself, the benefits are immeasurable!
Once we are back to our natural state of self-care, then opportunities, joy and abundance flow. Many tools exist to help us connect with ourselves and others more deeply and to live life fully. Here’s one amazing, life-changing tool: the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, offered free online by Dave Potter!
When I’m on a train of thought-especially a “blame train” or “pain train”, the train ride is through a story land, where I use blame or criticism or judgment to explain behavior and even come to believe things about myself or others. The beauty of being on that train of thought is that once I’m aware that I’m on it, I can ask myself “WHY am I having this reaction and these thoughts?” By asking “WHY?” after each answer, eventually, I’ll peel away the surface layers to reveal what underlies the train of thought.
The longer I’m riding on a thought train, the further I travel from my heart center. This is especially true if I’m on a pain train or a blame train. I prefer to ride a train of thought for a couple stops, while it’s useful to me, then hop off and return to my original state: my heart center. There, I have a wider perspective, more creativity, problem-solving skills, strong intuition and compassion for myself and others.