The Stress of Negative Thinking

Yesterday I heard a very interesting interview with Lucinda Brogden a Commissioner on the Australian Mental Health Commission who was reporting on world-wide findings from an international Suicide Conference she had recently attended in Singapore.

She reported on a study of millennials in a progressive Asian country where there was a strong work ethic in their society. The individuals she reported on had all checked into a special needs centre as they were so stressed, they felt suicidal. Everyone felt compelled to check their smart phone 10 times on average each night during sleeping.

When asked why they felt so compelled to check their smart phones, they all reported the stress of the ‘fear of missing out’ (FoMO) was overwhelming.

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Rick Hanson, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist and New York Times best-selling author said, “humans are evolutionarily wired with a negativity bias. Our minds naturally focus on the bad and discard the good. Millennials are no stranger to stress and depression, especially when it’s work related.”

Arecent study reported that around 20 percent of Millennials sought out help or advice in the workplace for depression—a higher percentage than any other generation. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Millennial women ages 18-34 report an average of 4.9 days of poor mental health per month, while Millennial men report an average of 3.6 poor mental health days. Our brains are highly attuned to stress, even when such stress is of the mundane variety and not at all life threatening.

What happens chemically in the body is that the over production of cortisol, a stress hormone, can gradually cause nerve synapses to shut down. This causes the brain to shrink and the hippocampus, the part of the brain that helps form our new memories starts to break down. Most people experience a spike of cortisol throughout the day in response to stress. The more cortisol that’s released in response to negative experiences and thoughts, the more difficult it can become, over time, to form new positive memories.

As we age in life with chronic negative thinking as part of our make-up, our brain continues to break down and Alzheimer’s disease can set in.

What can we do to change the downward slide in our bodies?

  • Take positive action every day to think positive thoughts and act in a positive manner.
  • Avoid processed foods of all kinds, as they contain many ingredients harmful to your brain, including refined sugar, processed fructose, genetically engineered (GE) ingredients, and pesticides like glyphosate.
  • Optimize your gut flora by avoiding processed foods such as sugar, GE ingredients, pesticides and various food additives all discourage antibacterial products, fluoridated and chlorinated water, and by regularly eating traditionally fermented and cultured foods, along with a high quality probiotic if needed.
  • Exercise of choice. Walking is the simplest and easy to do and is very supportive to balance your out of control hormones.
  • Reducing overall calorie consumption.
  • Increasing healthy fat consumption. Coconut oil is ideal.
  • Intermittent fasting also supports hormonal balance in the body.

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