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Take Charge of Your Anxiety

 Yes, it might surprise you but I’m going to ask anyway.

What would happen if you could control your brain and decrease your anxiety?

Without pills?

Here’s why I’m asking.

Studies have shown that the brain can be changed causing ones anxiety to decrease.

Sound too good to be true?

Keep reading.

During periods of high stress and anxiety what happens to your hands?

If you are anything like me, your hands get colder.

Right? Have you noticed?

Brain science teaches us that when under stress the blood rushes to the brain

    leaving the hands colder.

If one intentionally warms their hands by putting them in warm water

  or holding a warm cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate

the blood goes from the brain –where it’s been working hard due to the stress-

 and returns back to the hands

reducing anxiety.

How would you feel if you could begin to reduce your anxiety?

Well, you can.

Focus on hand warming.

Some other ideas are warming hands in front of a fire, putting on warm gloves,

    holding a partner’s skin

yes, the ideas are endless

 but the principle is the same.

Warm hands draw the blood from the anxious brain away from the brain

   and back down to the hands.

There are certainly other ways to calm the limbic brain and relax your system

  such as prayer, meditation, focusing on your breathing, etc.

 but hand warming is one more overlooked practical tool that you can do.

Now. Today.

You can take charge of your stress.

 

 

Taking Charge

I know it might sound ridiculous but I’ll ask anyway.

What would happen if every time you had a worrisome thought you could just burst it

     like a balloon?

Here’s the reason I’m asking.

Life can be difficult. Problems can arise unexpectedly.

Brain science research shows that our thoughts create chemicals.

Every bad thought releases chemicals that make you feel bad.

Every good thought releases chemicals that make you feel good.

You do not need to believe every thought you have – oftentimes thoughts lie.

You have to take control.

The problem is that we usually think we have no control over our thoughts.

How would you feel, though, if you had a plan?

    A specific tool that you could use to burst those negative, anxious thoughts?

Well here’s an idea that has helped many folks.

Challenge those thoughts.

Yes, ask these questions-

    Is it true?

    Can I absolutely know it’s true?

    How do I feel when I have this thought?

    What would I be without this thought?

     Turn the thought around. Is that turnaround thought true? Is it even more true

         than the original thought?

Yes, you can learn to talk back to your thoughts.

Don’t believe every thought you have.

Burst those thought balloons by challenging them and asking those questions.

If you focus on what is true it will make all the difference in how you feel.

Sound good?

Give it a try and let me know how it goes for you.

 

Think on whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, excellent, good, worthy of praise-

Let your mind dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)