Are you stressed out?  Work?  Kids?  Job?  Vacation plans? Dr. Mike Evans recommends you follow the 90-10 rule.  It’s simple: 10% of how we do in life is based on what happens to us.  90% is how we respond. How should we respond?  Follow the tips in this video to lower your stress:

Three Tips to Reduce Your Stress

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.  –William James

  1. Change the Way You Think: Most people think stress is something that happens to us.  But, it’s not your work or your friends that are stressful.  It’s the way you think about them that brings on stress.
    • A study of people with high rates of heart attacks showed that in comparison to traditional recovery therapies, those participants that also received Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and learned to problem solve, relax, and challenge common thinking traps had 28% lower risk for death and a 41% reduction in heart attacks.  The more CTB sessions the participants attended, the better they did!
  2. Mindfulness: Manage your stress better by improving your self-awareness, practicing muscle relaxation techniques like yoga or daily stretching, and meditating to clear you mind of worry and self-doubt.  Remember, it’s less about changing your thought than it is about re-focusing your attention.  Mindfulness teaches us that we have the power of choice.
  3. Attitude: People that cope well with stress have three main characteristics:
    1. Commitment: Even while facing uncertainty, they still have commitment to their work, family, hobbies, faith, and community.  These individuals are able to see the bigger picture.
    2. Control: It’s not that you need to have control; sometimes you need to know when to let go of control.  To do this, you need to be able to adapt to new situations, choose between different options, and feel competent in the choices you make.
    3. Change: Remember that there are always good thing happening around you.

Other Great Ways to Reduce Stress

  • Write a letter: try writing a letter to someone who stresses you out.  Get out your thoughts and feelings… just don’t send it to them!
  • Keep it simple:  Dr. Evans uses simple mantras: “I will get enough sleep.  I will walk.  I won’t eat crap.  I will mingle with friends.”

The evidence shows that if people manage their stress well they have better health outcomes from nearly any disease they may suffer from.  Remember, your thoughts and attitudes are the keyholders for the stress you experience, not your boss or neighbor. Make changes today to take charge of your health.

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