Join Now!      Login

Whole Person Wellness Program
 
healthy.net Wellness Model
Skip Navigation Links
 
 
FREE NEWSLETTER
   
   
   
 
Health Centers
Key Services
 
America's Worst Enemy?
What is the leading cause of death in the United States?
Cancer
Auto Accidents
Heart Disease
Perscription Meds

 
 

 Healthy Computing: Calm Your Thoughts 
 
The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Healthy Computing Tips by . View all columns in series
Ruminating about what happened or worrying about tomorrow over which one has no control increases tension. Thoughts and body are intimately connected since every thought has a corresponding body response. In most cases the shoulder trapezius muscles tighten whenever negative thoughts and stress occur. Allow your neck and shoulder tension to dissipate and increase restfulness when you Calm your thoughts.

How to Calm Your Thoughts
Identify the theme of the disturbing thoughts and ask, "Is there anything that I can do about it?" If yes, do problem solving (see below) and if no, practice letting go of disturbing thoughts. For example imagine that the thought is like log floating on the river. Imagine that each time you exhale, the thought (log) can just float away. Then turn your attention the to present task.

Experience a moment of quietness when you go to the following website: www.llangley.com/yoga/wisdom/rightnow[2].htm

If there is something you can do about it begin problem solving to reduce the conflicts and stress of disturbing thoughts. Implement the following nine-step problem solving process to identify a problem, develop creative solutions, implement successful outcomes and thereby make the world your own.

  1. Define problem. List problems and then rank order them. Identify the primary problem to solve and describe it exactly (e.g., how, when, where and what).
  2. Brainstorm solutions. Make a list of all possible solutions however silly, crazy or ridiculous. Just write them down as they come up, do not judge or criticize. Allow a free flow of ideas.
  3. Review and evaluate brainstormed solutions. List all the pros and cons for each solution.
  4. Identify the best solution. Review and rank order the solutions and select the solution that will best solve the problem within all the constraints.
  5. Develop an action plan to implement the solution. Make this plan very specific. Write it down and be sure it includes answers to: what, when, where, how, with whom, under what conditions and what time.
  6. Mentally rehearse the action plan. Imagine seeing yourself executing the action plan and identify any barriers that would impede implementation.
  7. Revise the action plan in response to imagined barriers. Incorporate new procedures to bypass and overcome the barriers. Be sure the action plan is very specific.
  8. Implement plan and keep detailed log of its actions. Record what actually happened when you carried out the action plan and schedule a time to review the outcome of the action plan.
  9. Review outcome of action plan. Review the log of your action plan. If successful, continue the implementation. If it is not successful, stop and go back to step 1 and repeat the process. Common pitfalls include lack of time, other things taking priority or interfering with the plan, and social pressure. Go back to the beginning of the problem solving process and develop a new action plan in response to the barriers that occurred.

For a detailed a step by step guide to problem solving utilizing the brainstorming approach request a copy from healthco@sfsu.edu

Copyright 2003 Erik Peper, Ph.D. and Katherine Hughes Gibney

      
 Comments Add your comment 

 About The Author
Erik Peper, Ph.D. is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation. He is Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies, Department of Health Education, at San Francisco......moreErik Peper PhD
 
 From Our Friends
 
 
 
Popular & Related Products
 
Popular & Featured Events
Integrative Healthcare Symposium 2015
     February 19-21, 2015
     New York, NY USA
 
Wellness Inventory Certification Training (Level I)
     February 24-May 26, 2015
     Teleclass, CA USA
 
Additional Calendar Links
 
Stevia Products & Info
 
Dimensions of Wellness
Wellness, Transcending, dimension!

Home       Wellness       Health A-Z       Alternative Therapies       Find a Practitioner       Healthy Products       Bookstore       Wellness Inventory
Healthy Kitchen       Healthy Woman       Healthy Man       Healthy Child       Healthy Aging       Wellness Center       Nutrition Center       Fitness Center
Free Newsletter      What Doctor's Don't Tell You      Stevia.com      Discount Lab Tests      First Aid      Global Health Calendar      Privacy Policy     Contact Us
Disclaimer: The information provided on HealthWorld Online is for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Are you ready to embark on a personal wellness journey with our whole person approach?
Learn More/Subscribe
Are you looking to create or enhance a culture of wellness in your organization?
Learn More
Do you want to become a wellness coach?
Learn More
Free Webinar