The power to change the way you view things gives you the ability to change your emotional state and health. Most of our emotional pain, anger, and fear are activated by perceptions created through unhealthy learned beliefs and attitudes. When you’re in a state of emotional pain, anger and fear arise from unhealthy beliefs, and you’ll stay stuck in these dangerous emotions until you shift your focus or change your belief.
Use transformational vocabulary.
If you eliminate the negative words in your vocabulary, you will begin to eliminate the unhealthy beliefs often associated
with negative and painful experiences.
Change how you see your history.
Give better meaning to your past, and you will give different and more optimistic meanings to your future. You will create an empowered belief system, including in-creased hope and faith!
Notice what you focus on and what you ignore.
The process of pre-framing and re-framing can help you learn how to change the meanings of life situations.
Pre-framing: In advance, give yourself something to pay attention to that is desirable, and how you want to feel at the outcome of a situation.
Re-framing: Change something that you view as a problem to something with a better meaning.
Create new experiences.
They’ll give you references for your empowered beliefs.
Be excited and hopeful.
Both affect our physiology. Consistent hopelessness, chronic distress, and despair stress the central nervous system, which impacts the hormonal, immune, lymph and drainage systems. This, in turn, slows cell division. Everything becomes more sluggish. Toxins aren’t excreted as efficiently, weakening cellular health.
The opposite is also true. Whatever helps you become more excited about life trans-lates at the cellular level. When you’re motivated, it’s as if your whole body has been turned on, and the cells become more alive.
Changing your focus is short-term emotional management. Changing your beliefs is long-term emotional management.
These changes lead to long-lasting stress management, increased states of emotional well-being, and ultimately, optimal health!
By Jan Hranicky, PhD