Most of the time when I work with clients on eliminating stress, I point them in the direction of their thoughts. I help them to see that thoughts are only real and meaningful if you decide that they are. Today I want to point you in a different direction.
In my experience, there is simply no more effective way to quickly remove stress than to get your body in motion, preferably the kind that results in serious sweat. I write about this extensively in my forthcoming book, “How Much Freedom Can You Stand?,” in the chapter titled, “Take a Hike, Buddy!” When my laptop’s hard drive crashed without warning yesterday, I was reminded just how valuable vigorous exercise is in eliminating stress.
As much as I have benefitted from understanding the true nature of thought, there will still be moments when events happen that take you off course. That’s certainly what I experienced when my laptop was unable to boot up, and I realized that I had neglected to back up some important files. Scary, worrisome thoughts began to envelope my consciousness, and despite what I know, I continued to add more thoughts on top of these troublesome ones. The result was that I was stressed out.