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Have you ever noticed what happens to your body when your Inner Critic comes out to play? For most of us there tiny physical ‘warning signs’ that let us know we’re starting to stress.

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If you’ve grappled with an Inner Critic you already know it can be impatient and demanding.  Most of the time it wants you to pay attention to the problem it perceives as a  threat  –  and it wants ALL of your attention —  RIGHT NOW!

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The fully conscious, rational part of your brain may think its’ worries are silly. You’ve probably got a pretty good idea of when your Inner Critic is overreacting. Unfortunately, no matter how smart you are, there’s a big part of your brain that just doesn’t connect with — or buy into — your ability to reason.  There’s a reason it’s called the “old” brain: it was “there” long before any of us could reason. Now it’s stuck in overdrive, dumping STRESS HORMONES INTO YOUR BODY… urging you to RUN!!! Run for your life!

So check your neck…  and the butterflies you may have in your stomach.  Tend to those first. Move a muscle, change a thought.

Remember, it is easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting. Stress management can be a great place to start.

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Are you ready to take action to help turn your inner critic into an inner ally? Check out The Inner Critic Advantage by Andrea Patten, now available on Amazon.

  6 Responses to “The ‘Starting to Stress’ Mess”

  1. Y’know what? After studying this concept for 24+ years, I now see that it works both ways.

    Way 1: I can change my actions for the better and my thoughts will follow. When I am actively grateful, or generous, my death grip on deprivation and entitlement releases.

    Way 2: When I quiet my mind (meditation, movement, laughter) my actions take a turn for the better.

    So. Either or both, yo. For me. Your mileage my vary.

  2. Awesome post with great tips, Andrea! You’re right! It’s easier to act to create a new habit… thinking just gets in the way!

  3. I love the wisdom in this quote: “it is easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting.” It is profound and I’m adding it to my list of mantras.

  4. I love the phrase “It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into new action”. Thanks for sharing 😀

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