Your subjective experience carries more power than your objective situation” – Steven Cole, Epigenetics Researcher and Professor of Medicine, UCLA
Psychologist Kelly McGonigal studied stress in 30,000 people over 8 years. People who experienced a lot of stress but did not view stress as harmful had the lowest risk of dying of anyone in the study, including people who had relatively little stress. This study was so powerful that Harvard then did a study encouraging people to view the body’s stress response as healthy.
The results: They were less stressed out, less anxious, more confident, and their physical stress response actually changed! In a typical stress response, your heart rate goes up, and your blood vessels constrict. This is one of the reasons that chronic stress is sometimes associated with cardiovascular disease. It’s not really healthy to be in this state all the time. But in the study, when participants viewed their stress response as helpful, their blood vessels stayed relaxed similar to what happens in moments of joy and courage.
Everyday try to change the vision from ‘I am the victim’ to ‘I am the master, I can control my life’
Our genes don’t determine our lives. Our thoughts do.
Yoga is a way to increase the gap between thoughts. It is in these pauses where we start to observe unhealthy thought patterns and detach from them. By simply thinking of stress as healthy we change our body’s response, thus showing how important our thought patterns are.
When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.