Hope you have a friendlier relationship with stress following last weeks blog post. Have you had a play with the Stress A & B and been aware of the stress response kicking in with the pounding heart and increased breath rate and used it as a reminder to come into the present with those 3 deep breaths? Hope it has helped.
As we discussed last week you may need to repeat these steps a few times, and often. With practice, they will be very useful in helping you use the friendly stress response constructively to bring courage and joy.
Last blog we explored how stress is activated when we think a thought of separation or worry. When we see stress as our friend it can help us
How stress can help us connect?
When we experience the stress response, the neurotransmitter oxytocin is released to...
Further studies have shown that, caring for and connecting to others
So lets add the C & D to our A & B with this new gift from our friend stress.
Stress A, B, C & D
A. AWARE - Pounding heart, breath rate increase - here is my friend stress here to help
B. BREATHE - Take 3 deep breaths and come to the present.
B. BELIEVE NOT - Stop & Don't believe those untrue, negative thoughts. (more on this next blog)
C. CONNECT with yourself and others kindly, from that wise spot
Instead of being stressed you might want to..............
Connecting to yourself - on the spot
Connecting to others for support
Connecting to others to support them
Other things that might be useful
Stress is not inevitably harmful - we can transform it by........
1. How we think about it.
When we choose to view our stress as helpful we can create the biology of courage and joy
2. How we act in relation to it
When we choose to connect with others as a response to stress we create resilience. Understanding that our own happiness comes from seeing ourselves trying to help others and that our unhappiness comes from worry and stress about ourselves all the time, motivates us to connect with kindness to help, to ask for help and to be grateful to others.
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