Stress is one of those things that if we don’t do something about it or manage it, it can and will build up and can become extremely harmful to our well-being.
Today I want to share a great “Mind Strategy” specifically for stress. This strategy will calm your mind and help you to start thinking more effectively, clearly and help you take back your power.
Mind Stress Strategy – GET RID OF IRRATIONAL THOUGHTS
We often think that the world is “out to get us” and that we receive the short end of the stick. These types of thoughts are not always necessarily true. Often they are thoughts that WE create simply based on our perception and not based on reality itself. We can be our own worst enemy, we worry about things that probably won’t happen, and say “I can’t believe this is happening to me!” We allow ourselves to imagine our way into stress and tension that doesn’t even need to happen!
So, the next time you get a questionable thought in your head, do the following:
For example – Oh dear! My Manager looks unhappy with me?
Step 1: Ask yourself: “what are the FACTS?”
Write down the facts ONLY, be objective and unemotional.
For example – Jane looks annoyed and tense. Her body language is unfriendly.
Step 2: Ask yourself: “what am I TELLING myself?”
Now write down all your worries, perceptions and conclusions
For example – I am worried that Jane is angry at me and I might be called in for a meeting. I might get a warning letter.
Step 3: Ask yourself: “what am I FEELING?”
Write down only one or two words to describe your emotions.
For example – nervous & scared
Step 4: Question the irrational self-talk
ASK yourself: “Does this thought have any conclusive evidence that it is true?”
For example – No, I actually I do not have any evidence.
Step 5: Get rid of the irrational thought
Don’t assume! That is exactly what you have done! Let that thought go, it is not serving you in anyway.
For example – Jane looks annoyed and tense, unless she tells me it is about me, it most probably isn’t. Relax.
If you found this helpful, hop on over and read our blog post on “The Four Agreements of Life” as it ties in magically with this. Let us know in the comments if you have found value in either of the two blog posts.