Stress and Womens Health: Reduce Stress and Stay Healthy
By Elizabeth Scott, M.S., About.com Guide
Updated November 17, 2007
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Women also tend to get into the habit of putting ourselves down and adopting a critical way of talking to ourselves. Your style of self talk develops in childhood and becomes an ingrained habit, and colors the way you see and interact with the world. It also can exacerbate or minimize your stress level, depending on how you talk to yourself. If you’ve developed a negative self talk style or a pessimistic world view, you can be missing opportunities, performing below your potential, and experiencing events as more stressful than they need to be. Fortunately, you can develop a more optimistic style of self talk and build a habit of positive thinking by taking small steps today. The following resources can help you to better understand the way you see the world and, if need be, make changes so that you’re performing to your best with minimal stress.
- Negative Self Talk: Learn how negative self talk affects your stress level.
- Benefits of Optimism: Learn why optimists finish first, and are healthier and happier when they do!
- Optimism Self Test: Many people think they’re optimists, but they don’t possess the hallmark features in an optimistic thought process. Test your thinking style to see where you stand.
- Positive Self Talk: Learn how to change the way you talk to yourself, think and interpret events in your life.