People often complain to everyone about the traffic jam they got stuck in, or the rude clerk, or their uncooperative kid.
But how much of your day did that bad experience take up?
Often the event that you reacted to with negative, catabolic thoughts and feelings didn’t last very long. So why does it color your entire day?
What do you think the impact is on your body when you dwell predominately on that short-term negative event rather than the more prevalent positive or neutral experiences?
Your negative thoughts—about everything—generates catabolic energy that releases the stress hormone cortisol, adrenaline, and other harmful chemicals that over time deteriorate your body at the cellular level.
Chronic catabolic thoughts and feelings significantly impact your metabolism and other weight-related systems making it easier to gain and harder to release weight.
And no matter how significant the negative event, it is still your choice to focus on it—or not.
This was brought home to me a number of years ago during a conversation with a friend whose husband died unexpectedly while they were getting ready for work. He literally died in her arms.
It doesn’t get much worse than that.
Not long after, I asked how she was doing. Her response, “I’m having a few bad moments in otherwise good days.”
That struck me not only in the heart, but in the head. If she wasn’t allowing the sudden and traumatic death of her husband to bring her down, than what excuse did I have for responding badly to anything going on in my life?
Taking control of creating the body—and life—you want doesn’t mean you will never experience difficult situations. What it means is that you see those situations differently and choose your responses rather than just reacting.
You have the power to have a few bad moments in an otherwise good day—no matter what is going on in your life. Or you can focus so much on that bad thing that you have a terrible day.
The challenge is, when you’ve gotten used to focusing on the negative events, it does takes a little practice to shift your focus to those things you can appreciate.
Here are some tips to switch your focus when you catch yourself in a negative rant:
- Make a list of things you appreciate that you read and add to daily.
- Stop and take 3 to 10 deep breaths.
- Focus on the buzz of your computer or hum of the heater for 5 minutes.
- Look out the window for a few minutes and focus on a bird or plant.
- Put your hand on your heart and count the beats.
- Think about your pets, kids, or anything that makes you go Ahhh.
What can you focus on to make today a good day? How does that help you create a great body?
Together we can do it!
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