“Stress level: extreme. It’s like she was a jar with the lid screwed on too tight, and inside the jar were pickles, angry pickles, and they were fermenting, and about to explode.”
Feeling stressed or worried? We all have times when life gets stressful and painful. At such times remember that your mind reflects your body by responding to its levels of tension, rate of breath, speed of movement and mental focus. Likewise your body mirrors your thoughts, feelings, mood, and responds to your state of mind, the questions you ask and the words you speak.
So as the mind and body are intrinsically connected, it becomes clear that if we directly and consciously take control of one, it will influence and transform the other. So by mindfully adjusting how we use our body we can directly influence our state of mind, and dramatically transform our attitude.
Just imagine you are sitting there in a bad mood, shoulders hunched up, shallow breathing and frowning. Give it a try and see how it influences your state of mind. And then do the opposite: stand up straight and put a smile on your face. Take some deep, long breaths and stretch your arms into the air. Notice how you feel better.
Our body is our best tool for changing our attitude in an instant.
“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.”