Sometimes all we need is a shift in perspective! Psychologists call this “cognitive reframing”, and it is a proven method of shifting you out of a stressful state. Remember, your fight-flight response is kicked off not just by a stressful situation, by by perceived stress. This means you can fire off all those stress hormones just by thinking about a stressful event, such as a near miss in traffic, a fight with your spouse, or a looming deadline.
When this happens, we actually have a choice about how we respond emotionally. Either we go along with the program, get riled up or upset, and allow that stress response to overtake you.
Or we can shift our perspective.
It might not be easy to start with, but you CAN be in charge of your thoughts. And as your thoughts create your emotions, you can therefore decide how you are going to respond emotionally to a situation or a memory.
There are 3 steps to this process: ⠀
1. Notice your thoughts. Eg “that deadlines tomorrow, I’ll never make it in time, there’s so much else I need to do, my computer is playing up on me...”
2. Challenge your thoughts. Haven’t I always made my deadlines? Haven’t I always managed my computer? I’m smart enough to get it done, I’m creative...
3. Reframe your thinking. See if you can spin the situation. Maybe try and see it as a game or a challenge, not a threat. It can be a subtle shift, but this will alter your bodies biochemical state, helping you shift back to calm, clarity and focus. Meaning you’ll meet that deadline with much more ease!
Shifting perspective can take practice. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll be a pro 🏻 comment below if you want a hand, or share a time when you’ve changed your perspective! - 10 days ago