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A landmark 20-year study conducted by the University of London concluded that unmanaged reactions to stress were a more dangerous risk factor for cancer and heart disease than either cigarette smoking or high cholesterol foods.
"Why is it when spring hits, you begin cleaning out your closets, drawers and garages but you don't clean out your thoughts? Since a main source for your stress is your thoughts, what about cleaning out your head this spring?" says Lauren E. Miller, author of her recently released fourth book 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Stressing Out! (DocUmeant Publishing, 2011.
"The fight, flight or freeze response served your ancestors well out in the wilderness. Today, the threats exist in your head. Instead of an animal predator lurking behind you, it's your negative self-talk. Whenever you perceive a situation as a potential threat to your safety, stress becomes your natural state. You often create an internal jungle where your thoughts constantly prey on your sense of well-being: I'm not OK, I can't handle this, I'm not smart enough, likable or capable," she says.
Miller recommends spring cleaning the negative thoughts out of the closets that exist inside your head.
"Spring cleaning may de-clutter your outer surroundings which holds value; however, cleaning out negative thoughts can result in a profound shift of your self-perception in relation to the world around you and end up saving your life," she says.