The first information as I web searched the word stress, was from Ms. Hara Estroff Marano, Editor-in-Chief of "Psychology Today" magazine, in an article where she has stated that “thousands of thoughts flow through your mind every day, many of them "under the radar" of your conscious awareness”.
These thoughts she further advocates “are largely responsible for the way we feel”. Her viewpoint is that “a mind dominated by negative thoughts is under the tyranny of a cruel master, and I do identify with this statement certainly in my early development years”. Further written is “our human ability to think critically means that we do have the ability to change the way you feel”, which is a center-point of my beliefs. I wholeheartedly agree with her final statement in this: "The quickest way to change the way you feel is to change the way you think," and as I remind myself “If I continue to do the same thing over and over, why would I expect different results?”
Interesting more information can be found at the Mayo Clinic website at www.mayoclinic.com/health, where there are suggestions that can help us all understand and take action to start or continue the process of monitoring our thoughts and following actions. One is how we look at our life’s “glass”, as either half-empty or half-full? The way we answer this question can reflect on our outlook on life, our attitude toward ourselves, as well our feelings, as I believe as they state, “that it can affect our health”.
Indeed, some studies show that personality traits like hopefulness and cynicism can affect many areas of our health and well-being. Like positive thinking that typically comes with confidence is a key to effective stress management of any tension that is associated with many health benefits. If you tend to be doubtful, one can learn affirmative thinking skills. At the above mentioned Mayo clinic website, they further explain how we can understand our expressions and thoughts. It suggests that a upbeat type of thinking does not mean that we are not aware of what is around us nor ignore our less pleasant or even painful situations, it just means that we can plan to move towards becoming more constructive and thereby become more productive.
As they imply that this can help us believe for the best even when we are facing what looks like a terrible circumstance. Our thoughts come from what we say and how we communicate to ourselves. These are the words we speak that constantly run through our head and are spoken by our mouths most days and are either positive or negative in nature. Some of our internal conversations can come from logic and reason and may arise from misconceptions caused by lack of information, as our perceptions I believe that are developed by our what we have learned or been taught in our life as they generally run across our mind without much awareness on our part.
Generally speaking, in whatever direction our thoughts process, this will generate our outlook on life for the most part. This is why it is so important, as I attempt to do, that we take the steps to monitor and guard our thoughts, beware of words that we may say that seem appropriate but not helpful and by putting the feelings of the other person before we speak. There is a constant search for the effects of affirmative thinking and assurance on health and the benefits that can be received. The list includes, a longer life, less depression, little levels of distress and even a higher resistance to becoming sick, thereby becoming a healthier person body and mind. That translates to a lower risk of death from heart disease, being able to handle hardships and times of stress.