Use Your Words to Reduce Stress

Did you know that the words you use to speak to yourself and others have the power to reduce stress? It’s true. I often write and speak about how one word can change feelings and actions, which in turn can either elevate stress or reduce it.

Here’s an example of something people at work often say, “I HAVE to attend this meeting.” Using the word “have” in this instance prompts negativity. However, if we change just one word in the sentence, we can change the feeling the sentence evokes. Here it is: “I GET to attend this meeting.” The word “get” in this instance prompts a positive orientation.

Words are powerful. Here is an example of how a few words can change attitudes and behaviors.

A blind man in Glasgow sat on a mat with his sign, “I’m blind. Please help.” Now and then someone dropped a coin on the mat. A young woman approached, scratched out the words on the sign, and scribbled something. After that, many passersbys dropped coins on his mat. The young woman returned later that day. The blind man asked her what she did to his sign. She answered that she wrote the same message but with different words: “It’s a beautiful day, but I can’t see it.”

The scribbler knew that people connect with their emotions, not with their intellect. And it’s your emotions that will elevate your stress or reduce stress.

In my seminars and books, I show how important words, thoughts, and information received by our senses prompt feelings. All humans, regardless of age, have feelings. When teachers, parents, or supervisors do not consider other’s feelings when communicating, everyone involved will feel increased stress.

Tip: Be mindful of the words you use. Change your words and you can change your life and reduce stress.

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