Writing Could Help You Cope With Stress

I read today the following articles:

Writing About Emotions May Ease Stress And Trauma

Effects Of Writing About Stressful Experiences On Symptom Reduction In Patients With Asthma Or Rheumatoid Arthritis

Writing To Heal

And I encourage you to do the same. Here are some general notes taken from the articles to give you a quick overview of what I read.

Writing about stressful life events helped reduce symptoms for certain medical conditions.

Research findings link mental and emotional health to physical health.

Expressive writing or journaling may strengthen the immune system.

Expressive writing or journaling about the stressful events of your life, may help you to come to terms with them.

Expressive writing isn’t a cure-all and won’t work for everyone.

Findings suggest that expressive writing may upset people but eventually helps them to relax.

Expressive writing involved writing for a specified period each day about stressful or traumatic experiences.

Participants usually write nonstop while exploring their innermost thoughts and feelings without inhibition. The exercise helped them to understand how the traumatic event may revive memories of other stressful events.

Writing helps people to organize thoughts and give meaning to a traumatic experience.

Writing may enable them to learn to better regulate their emotions.

It’s also possible that writing about something may help someone break free of the endless mental cycling more typical of brooding or rumination.

Timing also mattered. Writing immediately after a traumatic event may actually cause the person to feel worse, because they aren’t ready to face it. Recommendations of waiting 1 to 2 months before trying this technique, have been advised.

———————————————————–

How does this help you to with weight loss? I don’t know? Didn’t say it would. I found this research interesting and thought I would share it with you.

I am going to try it and see how it goes, even as a reflective exercise.

Firstly, I have not had any traumatic events in my life. I am not claiming to have PTSD or any of the medical conditions described in the articles. I found the articles interesting and thought I would apply expressive writing to the various situations of my life as an experiment for myself.

As a blog about weight loss, I realize that this is not specifically about weight loss. But weight loss is all about being healthy. And health is about being completely healthy not just one part of it.

So as something that may help you to reflect and learn from your experiences, and something that may help you cope better, I think it’s worth adding to this blog.

Please look into the articles, and let me know what you find.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Seek medical advice for all major medical health concerns. Do not attempt this technique if you have recently been through a traumatic event, are experiencing major medical health concerns, or experiencing mental illness.

This is not meant to be medical advice, but just an experiment to try.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.

Thanks for reading,

William…

“Live Life!”

 

If you enjoyed this post, or wanted to ask a question, drop me a line I’d love to hear from you.

An Action Plan For Weight Loss This Year – Part 4

Month 5:  May – Self Talk

Self Talk. Self talk is just what you say to yourself. Most of the time it’s silent, done internally, and other times it’s actually voiced out aloud and other people can hear it. Sometimes it’s positive and sometimes it’s negative. What to know an amazing fact? People who are depressed or always angry, guess what? Yes, you’re right, their self talk is dangerously negative all the time, and as a result they’re always miserable.

Ever hear someone when they’re emotional, start ranting about themselves because they messed up? Have you ever done this? I know I have. We have all experienced this.

The challenge this month is to become more aware of our self talk, and then to alter it to be more positive towards ourselves and our situations.

Week 1: become aware of our self talk. All the positive and the negative things. You may be surprised how negative you are towards yourself.

Week 2: start to be more patient and tolerant towards ourselves. Start be realising what you are saying to yourself, then stop if you are being negative, and change it to be more patient and tolerant.

Weeks 3&4:  as you grow in awareness of your self talk, start to be positive towards yourself. Yes, praise yourself when you complete something or do something well. And when you mess up, stop yourself being negative, let yourself know that you can do better, and that next time you will do it differently.

Want a guide book to help you really conquer your self talk?

It’s called: “The 7 Day Mental Diet” by Emmet Fox. Click here to purchase the book.

It is only a short book of 20 pages or so. But don’t let the length of it fool you. This book is a fantastic resource on controlling your self talk. It will take you on a journey for 7 days, exploring and controlling your self talk.

Sound easy? No, it’s not. Most people will read it and say to themselves, ‘I can do that’, and that will be the last they think about it.

But if you want to master this area of your life, AND YES THAT IS WHAT I’M SUGGESTING!!!!!!!!!! Read it every day for the 7 days, and apply it! Really apply it! Make it your Number #1 priority for the month.

When I read the book, I read it one night and thought, yeah easy. Then 3 days later was getting mad at myself for something and then the words of the book jumped up and smacked me in the face. I realised then, that it’s easy to read and understand something, but to apply it, and make it a daily practice and commit to it becoming a habit wasn’t so easy. So every day for about 9 weeks, that’s approximately 60 days, I read the book every afternoon. And slowly but surely I became aware and changed my self talk.

Am I telling you to do this? No. Just read it every day for 7 days, and apply it. Yes, if you’re a little obsessive and a little crazy, like me, then go ahead and read it every day. Make it a habit. And reap the rewards.

The second thing I want you to do this month, is to change your hypnosis. Change it to create a brighter you. Maybe a “self esteem theme” or “confidence theme”. Something uplifting to help support your move towards being more positive.

Click here for Steve G. Joneses Products

Click here for Rick Collingwood’s Products.

31 Days of May:  60 minutes cardio, Hypnosis session (new) each day, Don’t eat 8 banned foods from February, keep your food portions controlled, become aware and modify your self talk to become more positive.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

If you enjoyed this post, or wanted to ask a question, drop me a line I’d love to hear from you.

Believe And Overcome Fear

Do you question if what you’re doing to lose weight is working. Whether your commitment and sacrifice is helping to achieve your goal. Nobody likes to waste their time, energy and especially money on things that will only bring them disappointment.

We all have fears and doubts, but where is our level of confidence at?  Usually pretty low if we can’t keep motivated, if we can’t see a brighter future, if we can’t see ourselves achieving our goals.

Why is that? A regular reason is that we over-estimate what we can achieve in the short-term and under-estimate what we can achieve in the long-term. What does that mean?  Basically we get demoralised when we don’t achieve our goals overnight, but can’t see with committed action that we will get there in the long term.

It’s easily said that we should have courage, and act despite our fears and doubts. But how do you have courage, and act in faith when you’ve never experience this before?

Belief in your own abilities is the only way that you will overcome this. How will you achieve this? You need to convince yourself that you can do what you want to achieve.

Your self talk, that is, how you talk to yourself, is a very big reason why people succeed or fail. Many people are so negative towards themselves all the time. Do you know anybody like this? Maybe yourself?

You can’t just decide to change your self talk, and then just change it. It’s a habit that has been formed, rehearsed and practiced over a long period of time. So changing your self talk isn’t going to happen overnight. But with consciousness to what you are saying to yourself and not accepting negativity towards yourself, you will start to change and become better for it.

If you want to learn to change your self talk, look to read a copy of Emmet Fox’s book: The Seven Day Mental Diet: How To Change Your Life In A Week. This book is great for understanding and changing your self talk.

Another way is to find success stories of people achieving their goals. It’s a great way to re-motivate yourself when you become low and distressed. One great success story for weight loss  https://www.vox.com/2015/7/7/8877041/losing-100-pounds where a man lost 100 pounds (45kg) in weight in one year. Click on the link and read it for yourself. Inspiring.

There are many other success stories like his out there. Just search “weight loss success stories”.

Another way, could be that you use a hypnotherapist to help smooth the path so that you can take action easier. Or you could purchase a hypnosis product to listen to daily, to help change your mindset for weight loss. Both of these methods work, the growing testimonial and scientific evidence that hypnosis has proves that it isn’t just witch doctor voodoo. Hypnosis is a legitimate method for changing your mindset and beliefs on a subject.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

If you enjoyed this post, or wanted to ask a question, drop me a line I’d love to hear from you.  Click here to change your life for the better.

 

To find Emmet Fox’s book:  7 Day Mental Diet: How To Change Your Life In A Week, click here.

 

Can You Diet And Party?

As someone who is writing about weight loss, a question came to me today, that is especially important at the moment. Yes, yes, I can hear you say, the question is the title: “Can You Diet And Party?”

It’s the day before New Year’s Eve, and at this time of year for many people across the world, it’s a PARTY time of year.

So, can you diet and party? Is it possible? Can it be done?

Hmm, as I think. Well if I was to say, party, I mean party. Not some half effort. Not some kill-joy attempt. I mean party!

So how do you party? What do you do when you party? When you let loose, have fun with friends, how do you party?

Do you need to drink and smoke? For many people when they socialise, one can’t live without the other. And to go further, when out with friends or out being social, how much do you need to drink or smoke or whatever?

Is there a requirement that needs to be met for you to tick off “fun”, on your party list?

A minimum amount of alcohol, bad food, drugs and so on, on that “fun/party” list?

Do you NEED these things to party? Can you not do without them? Are you addicted to them?

What is your definition of partying? Does it state levels of consumption? Or is it about socialising with the people you love and care for?

Maybe by just being conscious of your definitions and your requirements, you might start to curb those things that aren’t really needed to be social and to party.

Maybe you will be more conscious of what you should be valuing more.

How is it that our definitions and requirements to meet those definitions, are so misplaced? Where did they come from?

I suppose, with becoming more conscious of these matters, you can change what you need. And so, actively have a great time, party, and still keep your diet in place, without destroying your confidence in yourself in the process.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

If you enjoyed this post, or wanted to ask a question, drop me a line I’d love to hear from you.  Click here if you want to change your life for the better.