Have you ever been grossed out by something you heard while you were eating? Someone shares a story over lunch and you can’t eat any more? What happened? Your mind had a powerful response to the pictures and words that were given to it. There was no physical reason to be grossed out. It was just a story. But your imagination caused a physical reaction in your body.
This is how our brains work. Marisa Peer, Britain’s top therapist, explains this as one of the Rules of the Mind. The mind responds to the pictures we give it and the words we tell it. Pictures are powerful. Words are powerful. Enough to cause you to lose your appetite. Enough to cause you to feel anxiety. Enough to cause stress that leads to illness.
‘Stress is a factor in five out of the six leading causes of death — heart disease, cancer, stroke, lower respiratory disease, and accidents. An estimated 75 percent to 90 percent of all doctor visits are for stress-related issues. There seems to be a trend here. Illness and stress.’ (According to stress management expert, Joe Robinson)
These terrible statistics actually provide some good news. Because we have figured out some powerful ways to reduce stress. You have more control over this than you think. You can’t take all the problems out of life. Life is hard sometimes. I love Glennon Doyle’s word. ‘Brutiful’. Because every moment carries both hard and amazing aspects. When you choose to look at the amazing, your mind responds by hitting you with good hormones and decreasing stress hormones. Sounds good right?
So how do the pictures and words you are feeding your mind cause stress? Your mind cannot tell the difference between the images and words you give it, and reality. That’s why you actually stopped eating when your friend (or most likely a family member) told you the disgusting story while you were eating lunch.
Unhappy people have lots of stress because they use lots of negative pictures and words. These words and pictures release cortisol that causes illness. Happy people paint different pictures about the problems. They use better words.Read More