Five Ways to Cut Down on Stress
- Exercise regularly.
- Avoid false guilt and worry.
- Set realistic goals and priorities.
- Hang loose. Set aside time to relax every day.
- Avoid overindulging in drugs, food, alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine.
The Five Steps for Stress Reduction.
- Progressive relaxation starting from your head or toes and mentally relaxing each part of your body
- Create a positive visual picture in your mind using your imagination and memory.
- Create feeling sensations that go along with the visualization (beach feel warm, etc.).
- Establish a positive anchor (squeezing the thumb and index finger or taking an abdominal breath are common anchors) to hold on to the relaxed, positive sensations.
- Practice by thinking of the image as you use the anchor. (What the mind has experienced it can recreate, think of and create your positive relaxing experiences).
How To Enhance The Relaxation Response
- Quiet place
- Positive self-talk and thought
- Soothing music
- Creative day dreaming of calming events
- Taking a walk in a park or woods where you can appreciate nature
Change Your Mind – Change Your Brain (feelings) – Change Your Behavior
How can your beliefs change your behaviors?
According to Professor Bruce Lipton, Phd, “What we now know is that our entire biology is shaped by the intelligence of each of our fifty trillion cells. And the single most important way to influence them is through the energy of our beliefs.”
With this in mind you must explore your own thoughts and how they shape who you are and who you become. What we know from his research is that we were programmed starting five months before we were born by the energy of our parent’s thoughts and our surroundings. The stresses, the happiness the fears and the worries they had were programmed into us. We continued to be affected by outside environmental signals until the age of six and continuing to a lesser degree until the age of nine. So in actuality we are today in attitude and personality what we learned before birth and until the age of nine. We were programmed like computers or recorded on like a cassette tape so that we just keep playing the same programs over and over. Unless we change the recording, we cannot change the behavior.
Therefore, if you allow yourself to see new possibilities while in a hypnotic state you begin to change or rewire the brain. When you rewire the brain, the chemicals produced by the brain send new messages to the cells which change the cells response which changes the behavior. The reason most people have trouble making the changes they want is because they live as if today were born yesterday. They continue to carry around the baggage from the past. teach When people learn how to use self-hypnosis you need to “see yourself, not as you are, but as you want to be…, as if you have already achieved your goal and imagine it in a realistic and believable manner.”
You can make changes in your life by changing your thoughts. Your thoughts change your brain activity and create feelings. When your brain activity changes, so does the behavior.