Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Stress and its Effect on Your Body

Stress, whether physical, mental or emotional, takes a toll on us. The issue is often exacerbated when we live with Kennedy's Disease (SBMA). If we are not careful, we can find ourselves putting ourselves down because of the loss of capabilities or the fear of placing burdens on loves ones.

Headspace.Com has an article on "How do you speak to yourself." It emphasizes the importance of being kind to yourself.

"It never ceases to amaze me just how unkind we can be to ourselves. And then we wonder why we are unhappy with no peace of mind. But how can we expect anything else when we talk to ourselves harshly? How can the mind be settled and calm when we are constantly being hard on ourselves?..."

"...If you’re not too sure what healthy mind chatter sounds like, then I think the following can be a useful rule of thumb: Pay attention to any negative inner-chatter. Now, if you said the same thing and spoke the same way to a close friend, how would you expect them to react? Likewise, if they said the same thing to you, or spoke in that tone of voice, how would it make you feel? The answers will provide a fair idea about how much the mind needs softening up."

It is important to recognize what pushes our buttons and why it does. The old saying of "counting to ten" is true for handling stress also. Take a step back - and take several deep breaths - inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. The practice will help calm the mind as well as the body.


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