Hi lovelies! Happy Wednesday! I hope that you are all having a great week so far. This week has been super busy and I got to thinking about the stress that we all have going on in our lives. Though we may not share it all on the blog, I am a firm believer that you never really know what someone is going through so you should try to never judge them and always be as supportive as possible.
The thing about stress is that we tend to think of it as purely an emotion or a feeling. But the truth is, stress finds ways to manifest itself in our bodies and can take a toll on our physical and emotional well being. So what can we do? Although we may not be able to eradicate all the things that are stressing us out, we can change the way we think about them.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “positive thinking that typically comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits.” They know that one reason this works is that by having a positive outlook, you are better able to cope when faced with stressful situations. But even if you are a naturally optimistic person, you might be failing at self-talk: the inner dialogue for what you are experiencing. Though you might be your friend’s biggest cheerleader, when you find yourself worried or stressed, you might grow frustrated or mad at yourself, which consequently only leads to more stress. By giving yourself a break from chastising yourself and acting like a friend would, you are incorporating positive thinking into your life.
The thing is, we never know what’s going to happen or as I believe, what God has in store for our lives. Positive thinking doesn’t mean that we need to ignore the reality of the situations but just to insert some hope into our current thought process. When you’re really feeling stress this can be hard to do and I have had plenty of moments spent crying to my mom saying that I was never going to get ______ done or ______was never going to work out. And guess what? That’s ok too. When you are in those situations, that’s when you can rely on a friend or family member’s positive thinking and soon, you’ll be feeling your spirits are a little brighter too.
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ~Winston Churchill
-Do you practice positive thinking?
-What do you do to cope with stress?