Feel, Don’t Think – Avoiding Eating as a Temporary Solution to Stress

 

Peter Winslow
Peter Winslow, Life Coach

Peter Winslow is a Scottsdale, Arizona-based life coach who engages with people from all backgrounds to help them realize inner strengths and overcome anxiety. Through programs such as The Three Minute Miracle to End Anxiety, Peter Winslow helps break addictive cycles of stress, adrenaline production, and overeating.

For many, mindless eating becomes a coping mechanism when they are depressed, as carb consumption raises the brain’s serotonin levels and releases a sense of soothing pleasure and tension release. With the temporary lift followed by a crash, the addictive cycle starts anew and leads to unhealthy weight gain.

The Three Minute Miracle, which Winslow refers to as the “Cortisol Kill Switch,” centers on employing the brain to halt stress hormones and panic mechanisms that lead to the fight-or-flight response taking hold. The secret to this is feeling instead of thinking. This seems counterintuitive, as the anxious person is usually trying not to feel dread and panic. Unfortunately, the very act of resistance, or trying to get away from anxiety, keeps stress hormones elevated and makes the situation worse.

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Resolute Ideas Part Two

I’m life coach and star tsar Peter Winslow. Here are 20 more things for you to consider thoughtfully in the year 2017 to take charge of what moves and motivates you in life:

20 MORE THINGS TO CONSIDER IN 2017

  1. Laugh more often. Realize that this is how gratitude really feels.
  2. Refuse to argue. Instead, agree to disagree.
  3. Communicate with your family more often.
  4. Give something positive to someone each day.
  5. Forgive everyone for everything, including yourself.
  6. Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
  7. Make other people smile every day.
  8. Remember that what they think of you is none of your business.
  9. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick, your friends will. Stay in touch.
  10. Walk your talk.
  11. Move everything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful out of your space.
  12. Know that everything that needs to heal, can be healed.
  13. Realize that everything changes.
  14. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  15. Believe that the best is yet to come.
  16. Start everyday feeling grateful.
  17. See the world with childlike wonder again.
  18. Accept what is. Modify your inner perception of it.
  19. Know that happiness is a personal choice.
  20. Choose wisely.

I trust this completed list of 40 Thing To Consider in 2017 has given you much to think about, and perhaps even more to take action on. Tally ho

–Peter Winslow

The Placebo Effect

peter winslow (life coach)I’m Life coach Peter Winslow. In an interesting bit of science news, research studies found in medical journals have reported that there are anti-depressant medications on today’s US market that register no measurable results in clinical trials. It has been accepted that a “placebo effect” is responsible for all the benefits that the retail users of those medications reported to their physicians.

You likely realize that the placebo works only because you believe it will. The placebo effect happens when you think a neutral substance will have a positive effect on you and just because you believe it, it really does.

In modern medicine, there have been studies conducted on the effects of placebos for decades, reporting confirmed cases of the placebo effect in action. One of the more astonishingly invasive studies from 1959 conducted by the National Institute of Health concerned a “mammary artery ligation” procedure used as a cure for angina pain.

The heart surgeon makes an incision in the chest and ties off two arteries, causing an increase in blood flow to the heart. The cardiologist hired for the study performed “sham surgeries” in which 8 out of 17 patients got incisions and stitches, but nothing else. 100% of patients who got the sham surgeries reported being cured.

Such invasive studies are not as common today, but are still being done. In 2002 at the VA Medical Center in Houston, 180 patients with osteoarthritis in their knees were treated with either arthroscopic procedures to remove damaged cartilage or placebo surgery which simulated arthroscopic surgery by making an incision but not removing any cartilage. After two years, and not being told who did and who did not receive the “real” surgery, there were no differences between the placebo and non-placebo groups. Every patient reported improvement in pain and in the ability to use their knees.

Dr. Bruce Moseley, the orthopedic surgeon who performed the surgeries reported: “I was initially very surprised… I could not imagine anybody suggesting that anything we do in surgery would benefit from the placebo effect. I associate placebo effect with pills. In my simple explanation of this outcome, the magnitude of placebo effect is directly proportional to the patient’s perceived intervention.”

In light of this information, you won’t find me volunteering for any surgical clinical studies.

– Peter Winslow

How Your Mind Creates Stress

How Your Mind Creates Stress
How Your Mind Creates Stress

Hello, I’m life coach Peter Winslow. Lately we’ve been learning about stress and how it can cause severe illness and disease. Now let’s look at a definition. Wikipedia defines stress this way:

“Stress refers to the consequence of the failure of an organism— human or animal—to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats, whether actual or imagined.”

Did you get that? Stress is not only caused by an actual threat, it’s also caused by nothing more than your imagination. As a life coach, I hear many examples of this from my clients on a daily basis.

Know why some people cry when the hero tragically dies during a movie? They know perfectly well that nobody really died, but their subconscious minds respond to the stimulus as if it were real. This is because the subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between what is real, and what is vividly imagined.

This is critical information to take advantage of if you’d like to improve your health. And by the way, without this inborn subconscious function, going to the movies wouldn’t be nearly as much fun!

We know that stress is a mental state that creates an emotional response in the body, which means it’s a mind-body phenomenon. And what is an emotional response? Emotions are electromagnetic signals sent out from the brain to communicate a particular message to the body at the cellular level. Then, neurochemicals and hormones kick in to provide what we feel in response to the mental information we’re busy processing.

Medical textbooks state that over 90 percent of all illnesses in the U.S. are due to stress and other mind-body factors. This means that nine times out of ten, there is an emotional stressor underlying the disease. Worry, frustration, anger, resentment, unworthiness, loneliness, anxiety, depression, and other emotional factors are known to cause the symptoms of stress, and lead to stress-related illness.

–Peter Winslow