Researchers in stress have discovered that by changing certain aspects of your body, your thoughts and your feelings can be changed too. Our state of mind can have a significant impact on our physical state. For example if you believe that things are overwhelming, and that you cannot cope with the stress, u will convince yourself of that viewpoint and make the situation much harder to handle.
Here are some simple ways that you can change your state of mind and shift your physiology.
Eliminate stress with a smile
The power of a simple smile, means that if you choose to smile, you will automatically feel happier. Why not give it a go right now? As you do this notice the changes in how you feel. When you smile you immediately start to feel different. If you find yourself feeling sad or down, force yourself to smile, and you will notice the change in your thought patterns and motions. The quickest way to change your psychology is to change your physiology and vice versa.
Stand up straight
Bad posture can have a negative impact on your emotional state. By standing upright or sitting straight with your spine erect your body is communicating to your mind that it needs to align its state. This is the magic of ‘mind over matter’.
Act as if….
When you experience a stressful event, the first thing to do is step back, take a deep breath and analyse the situation. Then you can try to forcibly change your thoughts using your physical state. Simply start by pretending that you would like to be. If you feel down and stressed, begin by acting like someone who is happy and relaxed. Think about how people you aspire to be would act and emulate them. This will start as the catalyst that changes your state of mind and your patterns and in turn will influence your physical state.
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