When you develop a chronic bad habit, such as constantly thinking stressful thoughts, life will eventually give you consequences. What you need to really understand is if you keep on doing things a certain way, you will always get a predictable result like insomnia, anxiety and stress. Unfortunately, the problem is that the big results of your bad habits usually don’t show up until much later in life. For example, a habit of living with chronic anxiety, stress, resentment, anger, criticism, depression, guilt and other negative emotions disrupt the natural process of the body, and negatively affects the digestive and immune system leading to serious health problems.
Creating habits that enable you to consciously choose to be happy will empower you to take control over your life because you will stop relying on external circumstances, material things, food and other people’s behaviors to be happy and not feel stress and anxiety. You can’t wait for external conditions to change before you allow yourself to feel happy. Remember, true happiness and inner peace are not automatic. Authentic lasting happiness and inner peace come from making a conscious choice to be happy on a consistent basis, regardless of the circumstances that surround us. This is accomplished by proactively performing daily activities that move you towards the vision of the person you want to be and the feelings you want to experience.
By creating a daily practice that include activities that promote positive thoughts and feelings with time these activities and feelings become your new habits. It is important to be specific and clear of what tasks you are going to incorporate into your daily life and schedule them into your day. If they are not scheduled, they most likely won’t get done. Because you will get distracted by the many competing tasks, demands, issues, and other priorities in your life. And do not wait for inspiration to hit you either before you do these activities. Otherwise, you will hear yourself making excuses such as, “I deserve a break”, “I had a long day”, “I’m too busy”, “I’m tired”, “the house is too messy”, etc. Instead, act like these activities are part of your daily responsibilities e.g. like your job or kids and get them done.
These activities do not have to take too much time out of your day. For example, I follow a very simple practice that I have found effective:
It sounds like there is a lot of time involved but if you look carefully, the actual extra time that I am taking out of my day for these activities, adds up to only about an hour. The rest of the activities are integrated into my regular daily tasks for example, listening to a book while a drive to work. Depending on your lifestyle your daily practice may look very different.
Finally, it is essential to be patient and kind to yourself while you are implementing changes related to the way your brain has been trained to process the world. Understand that your old habits will keep persistently reasserting themselves. There is a neurological reason for this, your habits have created well established neuropathways condition to fire off in certain situations. Additionally, pain and negative emotions activate the reward centers of the brain, such as the beta-endorphin and dopamine pathways, causing unconscious addiction to pain and negative emotions like self-pity, anger, stress, and guilt. Yes! You read correctly; we can be addicted to our negative emotions
Therefore, unless you are making an effort on a consistent basis to change, those neuropathways will pull you back to your old ways of thinking and behaving. This is why it is very common to regress or have setbacks while you are in the process of making changes. However, don’t get discouraged and try and try again. Regardless of setbacks don’t give up and is ok to get help, you do not have to do this alone. You can do this work in groups, with a coach or a mentor, an accountability partner, or a friend. Change does not happen overnight, this means you can’t just do an activity here and there. If you want lasting results, you must be consistent until you create new habits.
No matter how busy you are, you can choose to spare an hour a day for personal development. Remember, it is your life and is created by your daily choices, is an expression of your free will. So, the question is: Do you love yourself enough to make time for these activities and give yourself the gift of joy?
An essential step towards healing your body from autoimmune disorders and other chronic illness is to learn how to manage negative emotions. In particular, anxiety, resentment, anger, criticism, depression, and guilt have a damaging effect on our health. So much, that new scientific discoveries are now classifying unforgiveness as a disease. Ouch!
According to Dr. Steven Standiford, chief of surgery at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, refusing to forgive makes people sick and keeps them ill. As a result, forgiveness therapy is now being used to help treat diseases, such as cancer. Standiford explains that "It's important to treat emotional wounds or disorders because they really can hinder someone's reactions to the treatments, even someone's willingness to pursue treatment." In the same way, studies have found that the act of forgiveness can improve your health, by lowering your risk of heart attack; improving your cholesterol levels and sleep; and reducing pain, blood pressure, and anxiety, depression, and stress.
Moreover, according to research by Dr. Michael Barry harboring the negative emotions associated with unforgiveness, such as anger and hatred, creates a state of chronic anxiety. However, unforgiveness is not the only factor that contributes to Anxiety. Chronic stress and negative emotions such as worrying, work stress, or keeping up with a packed schedule amongst other things are also vital contributors. Constant anxiety very predictably produces excess adrenaline and cortisol, which deplete the production of natural killer cells, which is your body's foot soldier in the fight against cancer and other chronic diseases.
Therefore, the only path to health and a good life is to create peace and harmony in our lives. So how can we do this? Peace and harmony are generated from positive emotions, such as appreciation, joy, and excitement. There are a few simple things that you can do daily to ensure that you are continually experiencing positive feelings:
Practice mindfulness meditation on a regular basis (daily is better). Meditation not only helps you be in the present moment it also dispels negative thinking and rewires your brain for positive thoughts. Remember, every thought you think and anything you say throughout the day is an affirmation. Therefore, it is essential to be mindful of our thoughts all day long.
Emotions are contagious. Therefore, surround yourself with positive people. Allowing negative people into your life will only bring you and your energy vibrations down, and can also hurt your spirit. Therefore, keep the company of those who inspire, uplift, and encourage you to live the best life possible.
Find ways to gain spiritual awareness and connection to the divine, such as meditation, mindfulness, stillness, creativity, walking in the park or beach, etc.
Develop an attitude of gratitude. Make a habit of expressing gratitude and appreciation in all parts of your life, on a daily basis, be grateful for both the big and small things alike. Also, I have found that thinking of why I’m thankful for a particular item, person, or situation, makes me feel gratitude even more deeply.
Thru meditation, send peace and love to the world (love and kindness meditation). Good feelings towards others releases oxytocin, endorphins, and other biochemicals in the brain that generate feelings of warmth, and euphoria. It also contributes to the improvement of the planet. Volunteer work also promotes these feelings.
Find your purpose and live it. When you feel as if your life has meaning, research shows that you may be less likely to develop sleep problems, have a heart attack, or die prematurely.
Use process affirmations and visualization daily. Affirm positive beliefs about yourself and the life you would like to experience and visualize and feel what this life looks like.
Be mindful of what you watch on tv and the music you listen to. The news, negative shows and movies, and negative song lyrics generate low vibrations that may contribute to experiencing overwhelm, anxiety, sadness, clutter, addictions, control, anger, etc.
Make time to read a positive book or article each day. Even if is only for twenty minutes.
Dedicate an hour a day to do an activity that brings you joy. It could be painting, writing, playing music, dancing, etc.
True happiness and inner peace are not automatic. Authentic lasting happiness and inner peace come from making a conscious choice to be happy on a consistent basis, regardless of the circumstances that surround us. Therefore, by performing one or two intentional activities daily, such as the ones mentioned above you can make improvements in your enduring levels of happiness and overcome hedonic adaptation.
Not to mention about one third of people who are infected remain asymptomatic. You see, if you want to be healthy, it all starts with taking preventive measures. A healthy body will have innate resistance to many bacteria and viruses; if infection occurs, symptoms will be mild, and can be fought off successfully in a short period of time. Therefore, normal functioning of the immune system is critical to our health and resistance to infection, and a strong immune system is the best defense against the cold and flu. Besides, the coming cold and flu season is only one of the many reasons that immune function should always be at the top of your list of health priorities. The immune system doesn’t just keep colds and flus away — it is also the body’s best defense against any disease.
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Toni is a Best-selling author, Holist Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, an Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP for over 13 years, she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.