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Wow- A New Way to Win

It might sound way too simple but I’ll ask you anyway.

What is one thing that you can do to boost your positive emotions, block fear and change your brain?

It’s almost too good to be true but research shows its effectiveness. Every time.

Are you ready for the answer? Gratitude.

Yes, being grateful. Intentionally.

Gratitude is an antidote to fear.

Fear focuses on all things that could go wrong.

But gratitude focuses on all the things that have gone right.

And when our gratitude is focused on all God’s blessings and provision

    we then have a powerful supply of gratitude.

Fear places us in a shaky position of insecurity.

But gratitude places on in a stable position of thankfulness.

You can’t be fearful and grateful at the same time.

It just doesn’t work.

So when facing a situation that causes you to begin to fear and grow anxious,

   take charge of your life.

  Change your thoughts and you’ll change your life.

Think – gratitude. What are you thankful for?

Stay with that thought. Are there more things you are thankful for?

  How else are you blessed?

See, the more we intentionally focus on those blessings, our brain changes.

Research shows that focusing on gratitude actually changes the molecular structure of our brain

   and makes us healthier and happier.

Isn’t that amazing?

Fear causes confusion.

Gratitude causes peace and a sense of well being.

Write a letter of gratitude to someone and that starts the healing process.

No longer do you need to feel helpless and out of control.

Gratitude therapy works.

And finally, don’t be discouraged if at first you find this difficult to do. Habits are formed by taking new small steps and doing it again and again.

Want to join the Gratitude Club?  It will change your life.

 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7 NIV

 

 

 

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.