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Change your Attitude: Change Your Stress Response

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Being overwhelmed and feeling stressed can be very tiring and sometimes debilitating. At first, adopting a new health conscious and active lifestyle can take discipline, but as you see and feel yourself transformed you will open up to new positive choices. On days when you are discouraged or when you find that your negative thoughts are interfering with your ability to stick to your routine, turn them around. Instead of giving in to the whining voice in your head, be upbeat and cheer yourself on. It may sound simplistic, but it's not. It's difficult to change your thinking, but it can provide amazing benefits. You have to stick with it.

Try countering the negative thoughts with these positive messages:

Negative
I'm too exhausted even to think of moving.
Positive
I always have much more energy after I exercise.

Negative
I'm just so slow. When I started I was winded so quickly
Positive
I may not be a speed demon, but I've really built up my endurance.

Negative
I've been doing this for two weeks. I just don't feel like it today.
Positive
My body has seen such amazing changes since I started. I can't stall out now.

Negative
My whole body hurts from that last workout
Positive
If I stretch well or take a hot bath, my muscles will be warmed up, and I'll be feeling no pain once I start moving.

Negative
I had to skip three days because I had a virus. It's always impossible for me to stay with it. Something always gets in the way.
Positive
Each day is a new day, and I can pick up where I left off.

Negative
It's miserable out, so I think I'll just sleep in this morning.
Positive
It's raining too hard for me to enjoy my walk, I think I'll try that new yoga DVD.

Negative
That was the most stressful day at work in a long time. I think I'll just make myself a martini.
Positive
I haven't been this stressed out in a long time. I bet a good work out will help me burn off this tension.

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