Are you aware of the minute to minute stress responses that you experience, the little things that you do and feel as a stress response.
There are many seemingly little reaction that we grow accustomed to, so we don’t usually even notice them.
The racing heart rate,
Getting stuck on specific thoughts,
Heightened sensitivity to things and other people
Attitude more sour
Any and all of these can be associated with stress.
If you are perceptive, you can look at them as warning signs, letting you know that stress has been triggered and that you are reacting to them.
By making yourself aware of these short-term responses you can notice what you are responding to and assess for yourself why you are reacting as you do.
Then, you can think about other more appropriate non-stressful ways of looking at these things and adjust your reactions.
The first step to changing your responses is to notice them. You can’t make any changes to something you aren’t aware of.
Most of us are not accustomed to thinking about how we think, we just let it all happen as it may without any thought about managing it.
If there is anything that affects your life negatively from your automatic thought, it is stress response.
Paying attention to what you think and why you think as you do is a learned behavior. You will need to train yourself to do this if you want to get a handle on how you feel.
There is no question that you have the ability to do this — ALL humans do!
Just because you have not been aware of your thinking does not mean you don’t have the ability to do so.
You have the ability to take command of your thinking and behavior, you have the right to do so, you are worthy of doing so, your past has no bearing on your ability, in fact, doing so is what separates you from all other creatures. This is the key to all personal growth and development, the real power of being human.
Just because you have, up to this point allowed your existing programming to run the show unchecked, you can develop the habit of noticing how you think and choose to think in ways that support the life you want.
The reason I’m going over this point so much is that it is so very important that you develop the self-aware ability if you want to make any changes for yourself.
Changing your stress responses to something more positive is a two sided process. Both addressing your responses to specific triggers, plus adjusting the ways that you generally think about life in general and what goes on around you.
I will be giving you some ways to address both aspects of your thinking.
You can both – change the way you look at things and, adjust your exposure to certain triggers.
But, the first step is learning to be aware of your thinking, your perceptions and your reactions.
“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power
of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.” — Aristotle
“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness
of himself.” — Abraham H. Maslow
“I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing
towards being a champion.” — Billie Jean King