Perception is everything

Control Your Mindset –

Control Your Stress

The conversations you have with yourself form your perceptions and can help control your stress. In fact, a good case can be made that your self-talk creates your reality and your level of stress. Stress is related to perceiving the world as manageable or unmanageable, and this is directly related to your mindset.

Mindsets are perceptions, attitudes, dispositions, intentions, and inclinations that emanate from your experiences and your thoughts.

They form the lenses through which you see your world.

Perceptions are as important as reality. In fact, perceptions can be your reality. To reduce and control your stress it is critical to understand that so often it is not the event but the perception of the event that prompts your thinking and reactions. This is the reason that three people can see the same event from the same angle but observe and report it differently.

You see life through the filters you have created from your experiences. The information you process is largely determined by your mindset. You can perceive a situation as a problem or as a challenge; it is your choice.

James Sutton is a psychologist who emphasizes that perceptions are as important as reality. For example, if a person is afraid, the person’s behaviors will reflect that fear—regardless of whether there is anything to be afraid of or not. Jim’s experiences have led him to conclude that there are people who are damaged more by their perceptions than by the actual realities of their lives.

Tip: Your mindset helps you handle and control your stress—or be overcome by it. Your mindset also drives your perceptions and your behaviors. Being aware of your thoughts and mindset is a critical step in helping you control your stress.


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