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Do you remember learning the word “onomatopoeia” in English?
It was probably the same class when they taught similes and metaphors.
If not, here’s the cheat sheet: onomatopoeia is the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named.
Like the word “ring” or “sizzle”, the action the word describes has a similar sound as the word.
I’m asking because I’m wondering if the word “stress”, to you, sounds stressful.
Every time I hear the word “stress” I feel stressed! And who wants more stress??
Stress can give you headaches and prompt you to overeat – or not eat (not sure which is worse).
Stress can make you sick and often steals prime real estate in your head.
The reptilian brain – the most primitive part of our brain – responds to stress in an instinctual way; that something is threatening us and we need to prepare to respond.
That’s the “fight or flight” mechanism.
When our instinct detects danger, our physiology changes to engage in battle or get away as fast and furiously as we are able.
So by accepting stress as part of our daily routine, are we suggesting that we then live defensively or shy away from life?
Aha – “You are stronger than you seem, braver than you believe, and smarter than you think.” ~ Pooh Bear
Breathe a sigh of relief!
Your brain has evolved over the years. While your instincts are always on high alert, danger perceived by your primitive brain can be assessed, rationalize and dealt with.
You are more than equipped to handle it all, but first and foremost you need to believe that.
It’s the trust in your ability as a highly evolved creature that allows you to stay in control.
And if all else fails, remember STRESSED spelled backwards is DESSERTS.
With that new perspective, of what would you like a second helping??