a “release of dozens of stress-producing hormones and neurotransmitters. These chemicals immediately interrupt the normal functioning of your brain, impairing logic, reason, language processing, and communication.” He also states negativity “will make a highly anxious or depressed person feel worse, and the more you ruminate on them [negative thoughts], the more you can actually damage key structures that regulate your memory, feelings, and emotions. You’ll disrupt your sleep, your appetite, and your ability to experience long-term happiness and satisfaction.”
Basically, being negative is detrimental to progress and change because it is physically and psychologically damaging (AND unhealthy to those around us, they too can pick up and internalize our negativity). Self-berating and negativity causes us to operate from a reactionary, instinctual, irrational state, rather than from a place where we can make wiser decisions for ourselves, enabling us to move forward. When the negative chatter becomes a threat, this is when we determine to change. But the change, and the discomfort it may bring because it is not “known”, or physically “painful”, then becomes the threat. This results in determining to again, change. My theory is that this entire cycle becomes the norm (non-threatening), or comfort zone, and why people can stay here for years. But once negative self-talk stops, like I slowly but surely learned to do, the doors to another place open and the path forward becomes a bit more welcoming and easy to navigate.
Hopefully this was helpful. I know it was long and maybe a little nerdy, but this knowledge helped me tremendously. God’s Word says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6 NAS)”. I pray this knowledge is multiplied in our lives and compels all of us to be conscientious of how we are handling the dialogue with ourselves. I pray also the desire to leave the unhealthy comfort zone of paralysis grows so strong, we are unable to do anything else BUT move forward. We can dig into being patient and viewing each decision as a new beginning, tomorrow ;)
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