Hijacked by Your Brain: How to Free Yourself When Stress Takes Over
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What do you do when stress takes over your life, and nothing you do to feel better seems to work?
•Melt down over the smallest things
•Get angry at the people you love
•Choke under pressure
•Feel tense and worried all the time
•Procrastinate or give up in the face of a crucial deadline
•Use food, alcohol, gambling, or other addictions to cope
•Dwell on the past when you just want to move on
Hijacked by Your Brain is the first book to explain how stress changes your brain and what you can do about it. Stress is not the enemy. In order to reduce stress, you have to understand why your brain causes you to feel stress and how you can take advantage of it to handle the high-stress people and situations in your life.
This groundbreaking book reveals the step missing in most stress reduction guides. We can't stop stress, but we can control the effect stress has on us.
Hijacked by Your Brain is the user's manual for your brain that shows you how to free yourself when stress takes over.
induces. You can also check the amount of personal control you feel you have. Let’s start with stress, and its related emotions; then we’ll finish the chapter focusing on personal control. The stress we’re referring to is not the challenges and irritations you deal with in the world of work, school, and family. We mean the feeling of stress chemicals that flow through your body when something triggers your alarm. On a scale of one to ten, with one being the lowest and ten being the highest
to do healthy things for—your body. Being able to think clearly about what’s most important in your life is more valuable on a day-to-day basis than in the occasional emergency because it prevents not only many crises but also the worst possible danger other than death: missing the opportunities to create a life full of happiness and meaning. Yet sometimes we get so stressed, we just can’t focus by doing an SOS. That’s when we need to recognize our triggers. Chapter Eight When You Can’t
formed thoughts yet—they’re leftover memories. And the memories aren’t necessarily what you really think at that moment; they’re past thoughts that fit with what your alarm feels right now. Technically, you haven’t even started to actually think yet. You’re running on emotion and memories that fit the feeling of that moment. This explains why we tend to repeat the past. We’re reactively remembering rather than proactively thinking, and thus, not thinking clearly or creatively. But the story
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good and safe in your life. When you orient you aren’t trying to fix anything or solve any problems, you appreciate what you have in your life that gives you a sense of purpose and confidence. Step Three: Self-Check To self-check is to measure the level of stress you’re feeling and your level of personal control on scales of 1–10. Here are two simple, practical scales you can use: Stress Level Stress is not good or bad; it is a physical reaction from your body and brain that is