Curing the biggest factor
Top Rx factor
Commitment in writing
Valuing it properly
Rx related items to choose from
My written commitment
The Rx For Psychology (Rx for anxiety/fear) and the Rx For Thoughts are pretty much the same as the Rx For Stress - not a surprise.
A BRIEF PERSPECTIVE AND SIMPLIFICATION
It is important to note that stress is a physiological manifestation - i.e. a body response. Yes, brief and/or brief-intense stressing of the body in order to cope with a danger is a normal stress response, which would logically end when the danger ends. But if we imagine a danger or remain in a fear position after the threeat is gone, we will cause an extended stress response, which the body cannot handle well - it simply didn't evolve to handle anything more than what was a normal danger in Caveman days.
Yes, we do want to cure the psychological belief that there is danger when there actually isn't, as that would be a way of curing the cause and not just coping with the symptoms over and over and over.
But we can also break the causal chain by doing physiological maneuvers that will lower the physiological effect. Since the body has neuronal loops, it can communicate "both directions". The fear can cause the stress reaction in the body, but we can also use the body to tell the operating system that all is well or at least to interrupt the cycle, so that the primitive brain will no longer think it is in danger.
For most people (maybe all?) when in stress it is easiest and often best to immediately initiate "physiological psychology" moves. In other words, we will use physiology in such a way that it affects our thinking and psychology in the moment. An example is where we immediately would stop what we are doing now and start breathing deeply and slowly (which is a mode that the primitive brain interprets as us being safe, since that is how we breather when all is well).
Another example is deep relaxation (essentially the opposite of the response that is causing the problem. Read this piece (and whatever links might be useful) so that you fully understand this essential knowledge: Physiological Psychology - Manipulating Psychology Through Physiological Means, Often The Easier And/Or Fastest Means
CURING THE BIGGEST FACTOR
The biggest factor is the "holding" in anticipation of something "bad" happening, while the "go ahead" chemicals are emitted from all the alarm chemicals sent out constantly. Basically, that means it is our distorted, negative thinking that causes all the damage, including driven behavior. Even when a person just thinks of or rehashes a stressful event, the "alarm" sequence gets fired off.
The cure is through acute care to "do the opposite", to settle the stress alarm system down, and to solve the original cause - the beliefs, the irrational thinking, concern over "threats" that don't really exist (or are really "small stuff"), and continued negative internal conversations - and, believe it or not, using physical management techniques (such as is included in The Master Checklist For Curing Depression - though you may not be depressed, these apply as well to all forms of stress modulation and cures).
TOP Rx FACTOR
Absolute commitment to
Prioritize balance and peace
Maintain a high state of resourcefulness
Regular breathing/relaxation - Deep relaxation breaks, have no tolerance for
continued physical stress - perfect would be to do it every hour
Aerobic exercise - Daily if possible, 30 mins (10 minute minimum in
emergency) Weights and stretching are also excellent
Implement The Pause for the rest of your life
COMMITMENT IN WRITING
Commit in writing to your program! An example is included below (insert in Reminders Notebook).
VALUING IT PROPERLY
Since this is so intangible, we can get caught up in achievement or some other ultimately not as valuable endeavor.
The test comes when we need to evaluate a trade-off. For instance, we can seek to battle somebody to try to win, yet we will pay a price - and most often end up losing overall. Unless I am in poverty, I would not seek to sue for $3,000 as the loss of my peacefulness and giving up the pride in my making a better life choice would not seem to on balance serve me. Is my peace of mind for the while that this is being engaged in worth what I net from the $3,000? Don't I lose the training it gives me to make a choice for life?
These are questions that are difficult to answer, but easier to answer if you make the choice to have peace of mind and non-stress be most highly valued!
Read the items below to beef up your perspective and decide which things you'll do - and then make your your written commitment, as below.
Rx RELATED ITEMS TO CHOOSE FROM
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HOSTILITY, ANGER, BLAME, RESENTMENT
Forgiveness (lack of blame) Never allow expression of anger (except when physically threatened and in a useful way)
Tune into positive emotions
Be around low stress, happiness
People who bring joy, supportive, positive, growing
Acts of kindness
RECREATION, ENTERTAINMENT, PLAN
Play and laugh
Daily quiet time
Avoid watching tv (definitely not more than an hour)
Playing with a child
Exercise – cleanses brain, sweat – adds endorphins benefit
Progressive muscle relaxation
Sleep. - Regular sleep time, allow for extra morning
Naps - Brief naps as breaks, lunch...
Break the tension (any relaxation item above)
Use of breaks at work to relax, based on a schedule
Imagine, visualize (beach, good outcomes, realization of a dream)
Don’t eat when (digestive system can’t work!)
Or in any unpleasant emotion
Sugar level very stable, never allow a spike
Carbs – Eliminate refined carbs (short burst then downer, anesthetize the mind, dulls thinking
Add EFA's - Essential fatty acids
Eliminate bad fats (increase toxic load)
Get rid of fat around waste - Lots of toxics
GIVE SPACE TO LIFE
Live lifestyle below income (save at least 10%, preferably 20%)
(Highlight this section in browser, go to print and click on "selection"; keep this in your Reminders Notebook. To link, in this case, you need to be on this page in your browser under Psychology, Stress, then Rx For Stress.)
MY WRITTEN COMMITMENT
On this ___ day of __________, ____, I make the absolute, non-changeable commitment to
___ Prioritize balance and peace as my topmost objective
___ Maintain a constantly high state of resourcefulness
Accordingly, I commit to:
___ Controlling my thoughts at the entry point, as in the procedure for that.
___ Gratefulness practices and creating a magnificent philosophy of life to
run my life on.
___ Paying attention to how I am feeling and intervening as early as possible.
___ Calming the body through regular breathing/relaxation practices as needed
in the moment and as training.
___ I will not tolerate continued stress and will intervene as early as
___ Aerobic exercise as a priority for my time - Daily if possible, for 30
minutes (10 minute minimum no matter where or in what circumstances)
and utilizing weight training and daily stretching.
___ Keeping my sugar level stable, without sugar spikes
___ Keeping my weight at a very healthy level at ___ lbs.
___ Setting up in writing, and following, my daily and other practices
I commit to this as my way of life, so that I will live the life I love and love the life I live.
(Copy this and paste it into a Word document, rephrasing it as you wish, then signing it and keeping it where you can reference it, such as in your Reminders Notebook or framed on the wall.)
Notes for later
Hungry or thirsty signal confused, drink water and see
Heart is your body’s strongerst oscillator and ability to influence physical, peace – entire body feel peace
Cause, determinate effort, fat person
Learn to balance work and rest