Saturday, February 22, 2020

How To Eliminate Anxiety and Stress

Let's face it we all have one of those days where we're just completely frustrated and totally stressed out. But did you know that there is a simple way to help you dramatically reduce your stress and eliminate those days where you just feel like throwing your hands up in the air and screaming?

No, it's no joke. Yes there is a simple and painless way to eliminate stress.

No pills, no surgery, no frontal lobotomy, no chanting, no spa treatments necessary - just a simple, plain, old-fashioned, proven method to eliminate stress and increase your overall happiness.

In this week's newsletter I'll reveal how you can begin eliminating stress by using that simple method and I'll also outline what researchers now say is the root cause of all stress. By the end of this newsletter you'll have a powerful way to start enjoying life and experience happiness. So read on and enjoy.

The Root Cause Of Stress

Did you know that the root cause of all stress - the kind that makes you want to throw your hands up in the air and just scream - is your thought process?

That's right - what you think, or your thoughts causes the stress that you have. It's  been proven over and over by researchers around the world. And here's the best ews - if you fix the problem at the root cause - if you simply change your thoughts - you'll eliminate all the stress. How do you do this? Let me explain.

What is Stress?

Before you can eliminate stress you should first understand exactly what stress is and how it's caused. I know you're probably saying stress is stress. I know I have it because I just know. Okay - but you should have a better understanding of what exactly is stress so that you can eliminate it.

Let's go by the proper definition, which says: "Stress is the by-product of thoughts. These thoughts that cause stress fit into 2 categories: 1) they are thoughts related to an event that has already taken place - better known as the past and 2) they are thoughts that relate to a situation or event that may or may not take place - also known as the future." For example:  when you think about an argument with a friend that took place recently - your thoughts are focused on a passed event - you are in the past.
If you think about the bills that have to be paid tomorrow or next week - then your thoughts are on the future. You may worry about the stock market - your thoughts are on the future. You may recall a troubling experience - your thoughts are on the past. In all situations your thoughts that cause the anxiety, and stress are thoughts of the past or the future.

If you find you are experiencing stress or anxiety - make note of your thoughts and you'll find that a majority of them are focused on the past or the future.

When this happens you cannot simultaneously have thoughts that focus on the present moment. If you did you would not be stressed. 

If you're mind is not in the present moment, if your thoughts are not in the present moment - then you are sure to experience stress and anxiety.

Your mind is not where it should be - in the present moment - and you're subconscious is only getting more confused because it is trying to create opportunities for you in the present moment - but you're not in the present moment - so you can't see them. 

Then you get angry or frustrated because things don't improve - but you're not there anyway - so even if they did improve you wouldn't know.

It's sort of like driving on the highway - you know your exit - but you miss it because you were thinking about something else. How many times has that happened? I've had it happen and the only reason I missed my exit was because I wasn't in the present moment. 

When you're not in the present - when you're thoughts are not focused on the present you will miss tremendous opportunities to improve your life and you will not be able to eliminate the stress. In fact, you'll get even more stressed because you're too busy worrying about something. 

Pay attention and live in the moment - then you'll see new opportunities and eliminate stress. Be here now and the stress will disappear.

How You Can Eliminate Anxiety and Stress

Let's face it - if you live in the past or the future - if you constantly think about the past or the future then you are going to be continuously stressed out.
If you want to eliminate stress then start focusing on the present moment - which we are constantly experiencing and is always changing.

Stress starts when you start thinking about what went wrong or what can go wrong. If you don't think about those events - you eliminate stress. Easier said than done - I know. But simply thinking about what went wrong or what can go wrong and not enjoying the present moment or not living in the present moment causes stress.

At this point - right now - as you read this newsletter - only the present moment exists. The past - which consists of events that have already occurred no longer exists - it's over. The future - which consists of events that have yet to take place and is undetermined, does not exist - it hasn't happened and may not happen - so why worry about it?

However, as human beings we exist in the present moment - we exist here and now. This present moment is the only thing that is real.The past doesn't exist today and therefore is not real. The future,which has not yet happened, is also not real - only your life today and what takes place now is real.  This should be where you live and this is what your mind should concentrate on as often as possible.

My point is that you're not stressed because of the situations that exist - you're stressed because you don't think you can pay the bills, you don't think you can feed your family and you don't think that your job is going to get any better. How do you eliminate the stress? Focus on what is happening now. You have a job - do the work. You have a family - enjoy their company - if you can feed them today - feed them today. If you can save some money today - save some money today so that you can pay the bills tomorrow. Get the mind to think this way and you'll eliminate the stress. Once you start doing this - you stop thinking about the past or the future and you have shifted your focus to the present.

When your thoughts and life are focused on the present - you'll suddenly find that there is nothing to stress about because the present is perfect.

When you start focusing on the present moment you will begin to realize that the stress and anxiety that you experience in life comes from a mind that is focused on the past or future - but never focused on the present moment.

Is it possible to stay focused on the present moment all the time? This is the challenge of life - to stay in the present for as long as you can. However, if you stay in the present moment more often than you focus on the past or the future - then you will eliminate most if not all of your stress and anxiety.

What You Can Do Today

If you want to eliminate stress then re-direct your thoughts. Once you focus on the present moment your mind can no longer think about the past or worry about the future. When this happens you are no longer a slave to the mind, you are no longer a slave to the past and you are no longer a slave to the uncertainty of the future. Instead you become the master of the present moment and if you can master each day - you'll never have stress, fear or anxiety.

One of the best ways to get this process started is with meditation. A simple meditation but if you want to get started simply go for a walk and focus on everything that is going on around you. Appreciate the sounds, the sights, the interaction of people - all which is taking place in front of you.

If you want to see how living in the moment can eliminate stress,fear and anxiety - pay close attention to the next young child or toddler that you encounter. Notice that they have no concerns about the past or the future. They do not worry about when their next meal will come - they'll eat when they are ready. Yes they don't have bills to pay - but more importantly when a child gets upset - it quickly forgets and moves on to the next thing. If its toy is damaged it may demand a new one but it will quickly pick up another toy and move on. It can cry one minute and be laughing the next - having completely forgotten why it was crying. The child is living in the present moment - it only appreciates what is going on now. By doing this - the child is able to live a spontaneous, unpretentious and usually happy life. You too can do the same.

Living in the present moment does not mean you have to regress to being a child or immature. Instead, living in the moment requires that child-like ability to move on despite setbacks. To quickly forget what happened and enjoy what's in front of you. This requires that you be aware of yourself and your surroundings - all the time appreciating who you are and those situations and people around you.

If you really want to start enjoying your life then let go of the past and stop worrying about the future. Take control of your thoughts, direct your mind to focus on what is taking place right now. 
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