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Stress, Anxiety and Toxic Thinking

Written by Dr Michelle Strydom

Stress, Anxiety and Toxic Thinking from the article ‘How long-term fear, anxiety and stress affects your body’ by Dr Michelle Strydom


Did you know that the phrase ‘toxic thinking’ is more than a cute phrase to describe a certain way of thinking? This is, actually, a clinical term to describe a phenomenon that occurs in the body as a result of the fearful thoughts going through our minds in times of stress. According to Michelle Strydom fear, anxiety and stress are a toxic stronghold or thorn tree in your mind, which disrupts the way in which you function spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically.

Fear is a spiritual force that triggers more than 1400 known harmful physical and chemical responses in your body and activates more than 30 different hormones and 15 neurotransmitters! This has an incredibly detrimental effect on your body. Stress is the mind and body’s response to any pressure that disrupts a normal peaceful state.

It is your brain converting the thought into a physical reality via the electrical impulses in your nerves and specific biochemical. Stress is a global term for the extreme strain on your body and its organ systems as a result of toxic thinking. This is because your brain takes your thought life and converts it into a physical reaction. It is a physical reaction on a cellular level, which is damage to the receptors on the surface of the body cell by fear, stress and anxiety in your thought life.

God is an awesome God – we can damage our body for years with toxic thinking, but by choosing to think correctly we can start healing. Proverbs 14 v 30: “A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are life and health of the body…”

Fortunately, when you deal with toxic thinking by eradicating fear, anxiety and stress from your thought life and you choose to think correctly, your nerve structure in your brain is changed – your body is connected to your brain and those receptors will be healed and repaired and will function as they were supposed to.

This is because your brain takes your thought life and converts it into a physical reaction. When you get rid of fear, anxiety and stress in your thought life, those stress hormones are no longer produced, the cells of the immune system re-multiply and regain their strength and your immune system recovers and functions as it should. “A cheerful mind works healing”. So, you see, whatever is going on in your thought life, your brain converts into a physical reaction.

If you notice that you are feeling broken, fearful, anxious, stressed, depressed or dried out take careful note of your thinking and take steps to change your thought life. It may be difficult at first, but seek advice if necessary to begin the process of releasing fear and worry because those negative thoughts really are toxic to your body and bad for your health. If you need the help of a counsellor to help you change your thought patterns we strongly recommend that you seek help without delay. A good counsellor can make all the difference in helping you in your walk back to cheerfulness and health.

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