Stress Management

Japanese Psychology and Emotions

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Japanese Psychology and Emotions

Emotions are impulses to act. They force you to stop, assess any potential threat, and then act, all within a split second. Some of the stronger emotions like fear and anger are very threatening and can trigger the fight or flight response all by themselves. People often confuse negative emotions with stress. They are two different things. Negative emotions are just that, emotions. The stress response involves emotions but transcends them. How you perceive negative emotions and cope (or not cope) with them is the determining factor in whether or not they triggers a stress response. For...

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Are Your Thoughts Helpful?

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Are Your Thoughts Helpful?

Rethink, as a line of defense against stress, focus on what your mind tells you about potential stressors and your ability to cope with them. Since your stress response is triggered by what your mind tells you about potential stressors and your ability to cope with them it makes sense to pay close attention to your stressful thoughts. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking you to psychoanalyze yourself and try to figure out “why” you  think the way you do about things in your life that stress you out. What I want you to do is start noticing whether or not your thoughts...

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Common Thinking Traps Related to Stress

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Common Thinking Traps Related to Stress

In my book Stress Less, Live More  I discuss ten common thinking traps related to stress. Thinking traps are stereotypical ways of viewing potentially stressful situations that often lead to stress. I want to share three of my favorite thinking traps with you in this post. The “I Can Figure it All Out in My Head” Trap One of the most common thinking traps is the “I Can Figure it All Out in My Head” trap.  The name is pretty self-explanatory as this trap revolves around the mistaken belief that you can control your stress-related pain and suffering by figuring...

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What is Everyday Mindfulness Training?

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What is Everyday Mindfulness Training?

    Everyday mindfulness training is the application of the principles and practices of mindfulness to everyday living. While the everyday application of mindfulness principles and practices are endless, this post will focus on a few places where I think the impact is particularly great: Relationships with Family, Friends, and Co-Workers Communicating with Others Being True to Your Values Eating Fitness and Sports Intimate Sexual Relationships   Relationships With Family, Friends, and Co-Workers Imagine what your relationships with your spouse/partner, children family, co-workers, and...

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Attachment is The Root of Suffering

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Attachment is The Root of Suffering

“Attachment is The Root of Suffering “ is a commonly cited quote from the Buddha. When  the Buddha used attachment multiple times in the same composition he often substituted the word acquisition in its place.     Becoming attached the things we acquire is pretty easy to understand, especially in our materialistic culture. We often become attached to acquisitions like our money, houses, cars, degrees, titles,  etc.  Not only do we become attached to these material things, we judge our possessions against societal standards for money, houses, etc. It is easy to get caught up in...

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Stress Refresher for 2017

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Stress Refresher for 2017

To get 2017 off to a less stressful start I’d like to give you a quick refresher on stress because when you are stressed it is so easy to get confused and stop thinking clearly about it and how to manage it. So I just wanted to reach out and shoot you a short reminder about what stress is really about and how to manage it. That’s right, manage it. Unfortunately, you can’t eliminate stress because it is intimately linked to change and if I can guarantee you one thing about 2017, it is that  SOMETHING in your life is going to change (for better or worse) during the coming...

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