Make Your Own Mantra
on June 17, 2016, 9:03 a.m.
Sometimes the noise from inside our own head is the biggest stressor of all. People average 60,000 thoughts a day and 80 percent of those thoughts are negative. Ouch. Negative thoughts are bad news for the body as stress causes wear and tear on many physical health systems. Positive affirmations may be the key to stress-free health, according to Dr. Maoshing Ni, author of Second Spring.
Dr. Ni recommends offsetting your stress by repeating calming, soothing positive affirmations to yourself because the thoughts that bubble up from our consciousness affect our health, just as our diets and exercise habits do. Positive thoughts feed the body nourishing mental energy.
The next time you have negative thoughts, imagine a big stop sign in your head, and tell yourself, "Stop!" Then, replace them with positive, soothing messages.
Here are some examples:
- When you exercise and feel tired, think, "I am strong."
- When you pass by a mirror, think, "I am the perfect weight for me."
- When you set to work on a hard task, think, "I can accomplish anything."
- When you feel overwhelmed, think, "I trust in the process of life."
Think of what it is you wish were true, and then state it over and over. Affirmative self-talk suppresses the release of cortisol from the adrenal glands. And that can help you feel calm and peaceful.