How Stressful Thinking Affects You
We all encounter stress every day, but how we deal with stress determines whether it moves us forward or holds us back. Stressful thinking is often frenzied, inaccurate, and unreliable, yet many of us go through life thinking and behaving in stressful manners. Many of us assume that this is the way life has to be, and there is no getting around it, but this is certainly not the case!
Silencing negative thinking may be easier than you ever imagined it could be, but it begins with a positive thought.
Negative Thinking, Positive Aspirations, and You
Negative thinking not only controls the way you approach life, but it also can affect your body, mind, and relationships in negative ways. When you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you have the power to move forward in a healthier and more productive way. With enough time and effort, you can change your thought process, and it all begins with just a few words.
Not everyone is comfortable with some of the stress-relieving tactics that are available. Maybe you’re not interested in joining a volunteer group, participating in athletic activity, or even being confrontational. With so many quick stress reliefs techniques available there is no need to pick something that you’re not totally comfortable with.
Stress, for many, is private, and that’s okay.
There’s a solution for everyone – even those who prefer to keep the things that are bothering them to themselves without letting the whole world in on their secret.
One way for you to do this is by writing your stress away.
Research has shown that people who journaled for two weeks felt stress relief. The great thing about journaling is that there’s no one way that there is no right or wrong!
Some people like to write a letter to themselves, or to the people who they’re having issues with. Therapists use this tactic whenever someone is having trouble letting go of a traumatic event from their past.
The process of writing and burning is about creating a “sacred space” to validate and finally release all the negative aspects of consciousness.
To begin, take a blank sheet of paper and give yourself permission to let go… Begin to write down “unedited” all the negative things you are experiencing. Write until you have “emptied” all that needs to be expressed in that area, and move to the next category. Follow your intuition.
Do not censor your expression:
In this place you are allowed to complain, be a victim, rant, swear, curse, “go crazy”, write nonsense, half-thoughts, scribble, and write whatever you want in whatever manner you wish to express it, especially if it is something you would never say or do in your life.
And when you can’t think of anything to write keep to your commitment and just write. It doesn’t need to make sense. Eventually, your real thoughts and feelings will be put pen to paper.
You are not hurting anyone:
Understand that you have set up this safe place with the intention of releasing and healing.
When you journal, it can sometimes help you see different sides of a situation that you were unable to see during moments of extreme stress.
You don’t have to have a real diary to journal your thoughts down – you can start a Word document on your computer and type your thoughts in delete it at the end of each day if that makes you feel better
Or, go to your local bookstore and pick out a journal that fits your personality.
If you find it hard to get started, pick a situation that upset you and in your own words, write down what happened. But don’t stop there. Continue on by trying to find a lesson in what occurred or how you think you can handle it better next time. Try to write a little bit each day, even if it’s only for 5-10 minutes. The more you write, the more stress-relieving benefits you’ll gain!