Stressed: Tips For The “Stress Proof Brain”!

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), Americans had the most statistically significant increase in stress levels in the last ten years. Such stress is debilitating to both brain and body. Stress destroys! Psychologist Melanie Greenberg has authored a new book, “The Stress Proof Brain”, to help interested folks combat stress. She presents five tips. Coincidentally, these are the five tips I teach my clients/patients. Here they are, along with my commentary.

  1. LIVE IN THE MOMENT: Too often people stress/worry about something from the past or what might occur in the future. Focus on the here and now. Calm down by listening to your breathing and/or find a type of meditation that work for you. Vigorous exercise assists. These efforts calm the brain and fight off anxiety.
  2. FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL: Actively compartmentalizing what you can control and re-directing your mind to that which you can control lowers your irrational stress.
  3. EXAMINE YOUR THOUGHTS: If a pervasive thought is negative and stressful, “change the channel” – change to a different thought that is positive. While this is not always easy, especially when you are obsessing, it is worth the effort to try and do this. The more you do it the easier it becomes. You can control what thoughts, and consequent feelings, are present in your brain more that you might think
  4. PRACTICE SELF COMPASSION: Too often you can get down on yourself, blaming or criticizing. Be gentle with yourself. Learn to love yourself and display it in various ways.
  5. FIND LIKE MINDED PEOPLE: Sharing your thoughts, feelings, and time with positive caring people helps to reduce stress and help you find solutions when needed. Being accepted and nurtured is stress reducing.

Respected Reader, I hope you will take a minute to examine what your stress level is. Regardless of the intensity these five tips can lower it and help you function at a better level. If these practical tips don’t help you may have a deeper more resistant anxiety and might want to consider psychotherapy as a remedy.

“The unexamined life is not worth living”   Socrates

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