Psychology Has It Backwards

Episode 57: Stress Is Not a Thing, Part 2

Recognizing stress in ourselves is a matter of awareness of the feeling state we are in and which way we are going. If we are feeling more and more tense, that is a signal that we are taking negative, stressful thinking seriously and trying to analyze it or fight it. The antidote to stress is becoming aware of our changing feeling states and having the intention to turn away from tension and agitation. Rather than arguing with ourselves or trying to talk ourselves out of “stress,” we learn to quiet down, allow our thinking to settle, and look for a deeper feeling and moments of wisdom that elevate us.

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