Monday, September 16, 2013

What is the single most important thing you can do for stress?

Dr. Mike Evans has a number of engaging and enlightening videos on how to get and keep healthy. Here's another on stress. Take 11 minutes and consider his sage advice. I use this with my students to inspire a research project on rethinking stress.

My favourite parts:

  • How we cope with stress is affected by how much control we have over our lives, our social network, openness to change and self care skills.
  • Change your thinking style. Change your thinking, change your life.
  • We manufacture stress inside our brains with how we think. It's our thinking that brings the stress.
  • Stress management is a skill that can be learned.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Theory is where we learn practical strategies for changing our thinking.
  • "The greatest weapon against stress is in our ability to choose one thought over another." Dr.William James.
  • Mindfulness is really about choosing where to place your attention.
  • Writing out a stress story can be very therapeutic. 
  • When things are stress, it can be helpful to keep things simple such as keeping a regular sleep routine, avoid eating crap, walk, socialize. 
  • "When I do good, I feel good, when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion." Abraham Lincoln
  • 90-10 rule: 10% of life is what happens to us and 90% is how we respond.
  • Our thoughts and attitudes are the key to how we manage the challenges and stressors in life. 

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