In October I attended a wellness event with Dr Libby Weaver. I’ve been following her wisdom for years now and have heard her speak in Canberra previously so when I heard she was coming back I bought my ticket without thinking twice.
There were so many takeaways from the evening but I wanted to share two of them with you today.
WITH THE TRUTH EVERYONE RELAXES
I think this is so true! The words themselves allow me to relax, my whole body breathes a sigh of relief.
When you’re feeling stressed it could be showing you what you’re afraid of.
Stop, take a breath and ask – is what I’m stressed about showing me what I’m frightened of?
It could be anything from fear of judgement to not being good enough or being seen in a way that you don’t want to be seen. With this truth comes relaxation. The harshness of stress softens as you acknowledge the fear and if you can articulate it then you’ll probably find that those around you understand and offer support.
Isn’t that a wonderful thought. Try it next time you’re feeling stressed.
THE OPPOSITE OF STRESS IS TRUST
Working out what stress is about for you is so important. What causes you stress is an opportunity to learn something about yourself and to grow, change and transform from this place. It is an opportunity to love something about yourself. Your beliefs drive your actions. When you transform your beliefs you change your life. You love and accept yourself and can look after yourself fully.
Trust is about letting go and allowing things to flow. It’s about taking action without attachment to the outcome. It’s about not being rigid about the way things will happen, allowing room for change and new opportunities if they arise. Room for MAGIC. When we trust, there is little room for stress.
Your thoughts about yourself or a situation create a response in your body. Even if you’re not in that situation your brain doesn’t know the difference. The body responds to the information you give it. When you’re stressed this has a long term negative effect on your body. When you change your thoughts and switch from a state of stress to trust the body is able to stay in balance far more easily.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom – Viktor Frankl
The big takeaway is that mindset matters. We have choices. We have the power to change our perspective – to transform any negative beliefs we have about ourselves. To think in a way that supports us so we can thrive in our everyday life.
Dr Libby went into so much more detail but I’ve tried to keep it simple and short. I can’t wait to read her latest book, The Invisible Load – A Guide To Overcoming Stress And Overwhelm.
I’d love to hear what your stress is telling you. Let me know in the comments below.
In health and happiness, Dee xxx