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Common Thinking Traps Related to Stress

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Common Thinking Traps Related to Stress

Rethink Course In my Rethink Course and my book Stress Less, Live More  I discuss ten discuss common thinking traps related to stress. Thinking traps are stereotypical ways of viewing potentially stressful situations that often lead to stress. Most of these traps are so insidious that you don’t even realize that you fell into them let alone that they have triggered a stress response. In this post I’d like to share three of my favorite common thinking traps related to stress. These account for a large majority of my unhelpful thinking. Over the years I’ve become pretty good...

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Are Your Thoughts Helpful?

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Are Your Thoughts Helpful?

Rethink Course Are your thoughts helpful? No one has probably ever asked you this question before. Most folks don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their thoughts. Understanding if your thoughts are helpful or unhelpful in terms of managing your stress is a critical skill you can learn.  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...

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How to Stop Negative Stressful Thinking Webinar

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How to Stop Negative Stressful Thinking Webinar

How to Stop Negative Stressful Thinking Webinar In this webinar I talk about how to stop negative stressful thinking. If you are worried and want to know how to cope with anxiety, you’ll enjoy I compare your painful emotions like worry and anxiety to the wind, waves, and powerful tides that accompany storms . Powerful emotions, like powerful storm effects, can turn things upside down. Like the calm that follows the storm, your mind can also calm down after your emotional storm if you let troubling thoughts and painful emotions pass over. Enjoy the video? Leave your comments and...

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What is Your Mind Telling You About Stress?

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What is Your Mind Telling You About Stress?

Stress begins and ends with what your mind thinks about stress. Your mind constantly talks to you about threatening things (potential stressors)  and your ability to cope with them. Sometimes what it tells you is an accurate picture of the threat they pose and your ability to cope with it. Most of the time however, your mind is not thinking clearly about stress and your ability to cope with it. This usually happens because your mind is focused on unhelpful and outdated thoughts and feelings about stress from the past or worries about the future. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and...

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Rethinking Potential Stressors

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Rethinking Potential Stressors

Stress is a combination of the three things; (1) a potential stressor, (2) what your mind tells youabout your ability to cope with the threat, harm, or loss associated with it and (3) a stress response that kicks in if you feel unable to cope. In this post I’d like to focus on the second component of the definition, what your mind tells you about your ability to cope with the threat, harm, or loss associated with potential stressors. Becoming more mindful of your use oflanguage, in particular your self-talk about stress is a key factor in learning how to conquer your stress. There is a...

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