In this week’s newsletter, I would like to address stress—not the typical form of stress brought about by life circumstances, but the stress attached to this election cycle. This year, more than 50% of Americans are experiencing serious stress directly brought on by this election.
In my book, Gotcha! The Subordination of Free Will, you will find a detailed account of the many ways we are psychologically massaged and manipulated. The tools are many and they are all known by the manipulators who are currently profiting as a result of billions of dollars in research to discover just how best to plumb the minds of the masses. Little tricks that have profound psychological impact are employed to build anger, hatred and even rage—and on both sides of the aisle.
It is precisely this emotional involvement that creates the distress so many are experiencing. Our politicians seem to be at their best when they pivot, project and position their opponent in some ugly light. Issues of government are of lesser concern, or so it would seem, in this election. And unfortunately, as much as we complain about all the nasty rhetoric, attacks, and name calling, the negative ads and press have been proven in studies to work. In fact, lies repeated over and over again have been shown to become truths in the minds of many despite later refutations proving the lie to unfounded and totally false. But all of this, the data, the methods, the tricks, and the entire box of psychological tools, together with how, when and where they have been employed on the public by our government can be found in my book, Gotcha! However, the point here is not about how or why the aim is to anger and otherwise incite your emotions; rather it’s about what you can do about it.
Perception and Stress
For years, research has repeatedly demonstrated that stress is a matter of perception. What stresses one person may be joyful to another. For instance, sky-diving may be fun for one person and terror to another, public speaking may be a great opportunity for one and bring a near break-down to another, and I could go on but I’m sure you get the point. It is how we perceive a stimulus that determines our stress response. As such, the trick to becoming stress free is to be found in altering our perceptions.
In about four weeks the election will be over. Between now and then I suggest you turn down the volume. Take a few moments everyday to express gratitude for all that you have including life itself. Refuse to engage in vitriolic exchanges, make your own informed decision, and vote.
Stress can lead to serious health consequences so please don’t let it just keep accumulating. Find a happy place in your mind and enjoy a little serenity everyday. Understand that sometimes it is simply time to turn matters over to a higher power and let be what will be. Life will go on when this election is over. The cortisol and other neuro-chemicals that result from distress however, may not dissipate so quickly, and they can have a lasting impact on your health and well-being.
Whenever I am asked how to stay focused and positive, I always suggest this little trick. When you first awake in the morning, put a big smile on your face. For no reason—smile! You see—the brain doesn’t distinguish between a fake smile and real one. Just using these facial muscles triggers a response in the brain that releases endorphins—those feel good chemicals. Then say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!” This will set your day up with a positive expectation and you will find that it alone will lead to a much improved life style. And if you need some additional assistance, then why not try one of our our two stress collections; both are on sale right now. You can read the details below!
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Even with all of this knowledge on how to deal with stress, sometimes it just sits there. So, for those people who need an extra boost in the stress busting department, we have decided to put our Eliminating Stress: Experiencing Joy album and our Stress Management collection on sale.
Eliminating Stress: Experiencing Joy consists of 9 programs, designed to zap stress from every direction. Six of the programs use the InnerTalk subliminal format and can be played in the background as you go about your day (watching TV, reading a book, tending to chores, etc.), and even all night while your sleep. How nice it is to wake up first thing in the morning feeling light and cheerful! The InnerTalk subliminal titles are:
- InnerTalk—Releasing Anxiety: Discovering Self-Peace,
- InnerTalk—Freedom from Fears,
- InnerTalk—Optimism Plus,
- InnerTalk—Joyous Day, and
- InnerTalk—Have it All.
And then, for those times when you need a more immediate boost, there are our headphone programs. These require focused attention (put on headphones, close your eyes and put your feet up) and should never be used when conscious attention is required, such as while driving or operating machinery. But these programs can be a great pick-me-upper. These titles include:
- Echo-Tech—Stress Free,
- OZO—Boundless Joy, and
- Power Imaging—Personal Peace.
Stress Management consists of 4 programs:
- Serenity (InnerTalk), a subliminal tool that will soothe you inner being and allow you to release all stress;
- Anxiety and Stress (Power Imaging/Hypnosis), a program that helps you find the underlying reason for your stress, and your personal solution;
- Stress Free (Echo-Tech), a program that will change your self-talk with subliminal affirmations, surround you with audible coaching that gives you the support of your personal cheerleaders, and tones and frequencies to relax you and make you more open to the life-changing affirmations; and
- Peace (OZO), with subliminal affirmations to change your inner beliefs, authoritative audible coaching that will push you into action, and tone frequencies to allow you to more fully accept the positive affirmations.
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