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What to Say When You are Stressed

Hello and welcome to the first June blog. I want to start again with some good news, and some other news…

The good news; Please help me welcome our new secretary, Molly. She just started on Monday and (yay!) she is really good on the computer! So hopefully my writings will be more regular and your answers will come smoother.

The hair news: I counted! Every person who has seen me in the last two weeks likes my hair. They say it looks younger on me. That is kind, and it feels really weird to have everybody agree!

I am struggling with writing this blog this week; I am struggling with a lot of stressful issues in my life. And I wanted to write about food, and I want to write about stress and I have argued with myself long enough that this blog is late!

And then today, I did what I have often suggested to you; I reached out to the people that I trust and respect, and listened to their suggestions and advice.

I turned to the blog of one of my favorite people, Walt Hampton, and this is what he said… “You are the master!”

And in the words of the wonderful Marianne Williamson,

“You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.”

“You are the master of your mindset.”

Two of my favorite people, one quoting the other. What do these words have to say to us about food, eating, and recovery this week?

Well, I believe wholeheartedly in the words of another famous writer, Shad Helmstetter, who wrote “What to say when You talk to Yourself” back in the seventies. The book is very clear in saying that the body is meant and designed to be the servant of the mind. Whatever the mind orders, except for issues around survival, the body will attempt to do or bring into your life.

So, when we are dealing with life’s stresses, we need to be careful of what we are saying to ourselves in our mind. If we focus on the negative, on failure, on sorrow, we naturally will draw more of that into our lives. When we focus on joy and success, and on the things we really want in our lives and for ourselves, the Universe co-operates to bring us more of the good.

One of the wisest ways to reduce our own stresses and help ourselves achieve what we really want is to pay close attention to the thoughts we allow and support in our minds. Creating the positive thoughts about the things we want and need helps us focus our energy in that direction and allows us to bring more of what we really want into our lives.

Affirmations are positive, present tense sentences that express what we want and need to draw into our lives. Here are some examples:

 I am choosing to take better care of my body.

 This is my new way of living and eating.

 I am choosing to change my food, eating, and other habits to create the life I want.

 I deserve the life I want. Even if it does not seem true right now, I choose to become the person I was meant to be.

 Through this struggle is where I will grow, and I am grateful for this guidance and experience.

 I want to create a life that makes me happy.

 I am becoming more courageous and willing to take risks for the things I want.

 My life is full of possibilities; I can have or create a life that makes me happy.

 In my struggles, I am discovering another piece of who I am meant to be.

 I am meant to be strong, powerful, joyful, and full of love and life!

 I am worth the love I have and the love that I will have.

 I am learning to appreciate every moment of my life.

Try these out. Pick a few and adjust them to your way of speaking. Just keep them positive and present tense. Say them over and over each day and let the peace and joy you create grow in your life.

Blessings to you.

Theresa

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