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How To Break The Cycle of Toxic Thinking

Oct 1, 2021 | Blog, Lifestyle

 

Will This Merry-Go-Round Ever End?

 

Did you know there are 5 key lifestyle factors you can modify to better your health and wellbeing? As much as they are all equally important, they are equally challenging to get back on track. But, if you have motivation, do the research, and have the right tools at your disposal, you can get these factors – and your life – back on track!

 

The 5 modifiable lifestyle factors are:

 

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Stress
  • Relationships
  • Sleep

 

I want to dive deeper into the middle factor: stress. If you’re a human that is alive and breathing, you’ve experienced stress at some point in your life.

 

For many of us, we live in a constant state of elevated stress levels. It’s, unfortunately, a byproduct of the society we live in. Many of my patients have been operating at such a high level of stress for such a long time; they think that it’s just the way life is supposed to be and feel.

 

I Can See Clearly Now…

 

Here’s a good example. (And if you wear glasses, you’ll know what I’m talking about exactly! If not, you’ll still get the idea!) Imagine you’re going about life, and the world is always just a little blurry. You can see for the most part, but the lines aren’t very crisp or clear. You figure that’s just the way life is, right?

 

But then this happens…you go to the eye doctor for your yearly checkup, and they test your vision. They put the lens machine in front of your eyes, and all of a sudden, the letters are clear!

 

You walk out of the office a few minutes later with your new pair of glasses. You can now see the leaves on the trees, read billboards on the side of the highway, or finally witness your child hit a home run at their softball game, admiring how that ball flew over the fence!

 

All of a sudden, your world has been forever changed. You didn’t even know it needed to be changed in the first place. But, unfortunately, this is how many of us operate with stress and our thoughts.

 

Life on Autopilot

 

Throughout the day, your thoughts can sometimes feel like a merry-go-round that ever ends. It’s almost as if we feel trapped in our mind, with no way of seeing out of it. So we grit our teeth, look downward, and push our way through. The good news: our thoughts are something we can train and improve over time.

 

Did you know most humans generate almost 60,000 thoughts per day? What gets us into a pickle is that most of these thoughts are involuntary. We’re living our lives on autopilot instead of thinking intentionally.

 

This is what is happening inside your brain:

 

Everything falls into one of these 5 categories.

 

Circumstances:

 

Something happens in your life. This is a fact or situation that is just simply stating what’s happening. There’s no drama in this, and everyone in the world would agree on this fact.

 

Example: My daughter is graduating from high school.

 

Thoughts:

 

These are sentences in our brains about our circumstances. As I shared above, they’re generally automatic, but we can train ourselves to think about them on purpose. This is where our power lies.

 

Example: I can’t believe my daughter is graduating from high school and moving into adulthood. What will it be like without her at home with the rest of the family? I’m not ready for this.

 

Feelings:

 

The thoughts we have about our circumstances create our feelings. They’re usually encapsulated into one word and reflect how we experience the circumstances.

 

Example: Overwhelmed, Sad, Anxious.

 

Actions:

 

This is what we do or what we do or don’t do because of the feelings we have.

 

Example: I’m going to insist that my daughter goes to college at a school less than 30 minutes away, so I don’t have to be too far away from her anytime soon.

 

Consequences:

 

The results from our actions. It’s important to remember that these can be positive or negative.

 

Example: My daughter misses out on a fantastic scholarship opportunity at a school a few states away because I want her to stay close, so I don’t have to feel overwhelmed, sad and anxious.

 

You Have the Power to Change This Scenario

 

If you’re currently living in a constant state of stress, you may be tempted to think that the example scenario above is the only possible outcome from the circumstance presented. But I’m here to tell you that’s not true.

 

Now, I’ll also tell you that it’s not an easy process. How you think and feel are things you’ve been doing automatically for decades. As an example, I’m quite a few years into this process, and even up until this point, I still have to work at it every day. I’m starting to notice improvement, though!

 

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

 

By training yourself to recognize specific thoughts that enter your mind, you can start changing how the story is told.

 

Have you ever heard the saying: there are two sides to every story? Well, the same is true about the story you choose to tell yourself. The facts stay the same, but your perspective changes. In return, this can significantly decrease your stress level, which positively affects the other four modifiable lifestyle factors.

 

Break the cycle of toxic thinking today!

 

In my new virtual program, I dive deep into ways to uplevel your health and live your life to the fullest potential. The first step is resetting your adrenal glands by managing and looking at your thoughts differently. I also discuss the 5 modifiable lifestyle factors in detail and share step-by-step instructions on how to get all 5 back on track.

 

If you’re tired of living on a merry-go-round of your thoughts, then this course is for you. Join me today and take the very first step in resetting your adrenals and regaining control over your life!

 

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