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AUSTIN, TX, May 18, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Rising stress and anxiety, fueled by the economic crisis and fears of an influenza pandemic, adversely affect physical and mental health. Adopting a healthy mental diet plays a critical role in coping with increasing stress.
According to registered dietitian Karen Wheeler Hall, the mental diet consists of a person's thoughts and the experiences and input they take into their mind. "Just as the food you eat is critical to your physical health, your choice of mental diet greatly affects your mental health," says Hall. Numerous research studies show that a positive mental attitude helps people cope with stress mentally and physically.
"Americans have got to find a way to cope with the stress of modern life before it destroys their health and happiness," explains Hall. "The answer lies in how we react to life's problems and demands. Everyone can choose to be positive and happy no matter what is going on in their lives. Adopting a proper mental diet is the most effective way to reduce stress and anxiety."
After 10 years of researching different techniques to avoid and control her own anxiety, Hall realized that her mental attitude was the main factor in her continuing to feel tense and stressed. By changing her thoughts and attitudes, Hall found she had become much calmer and happier.
"Our culture makes it easy to get swept up in violence and negativity, which tends to unsettle your mind with fear and doubt," writes Hall in her new book The Mental Diet Pyramid - A Simplified System to Beat Stress and Live in Joy ($19.97 eBook, $24.97 audiobook download, $29.97 audiobook CDs, at http://www.FindMoreJoy.com/mdp.php). "It takes a determined effort to go against the flow and instead choose to fill your mind with positive thoughts, images, and ideas."
Hall advises a two-step process to implement a healthy mental diet:
1. Avoid mental junk food, such as violent movies, constant worrying, and reliving painful experiences; and
2. Add more wholesome mental food, such as inspirational reading, positive thinking, and introspection.
A free list of the 20 World's Worst Mental Junk Foods is available online at:
Hall describes how and why to implement a healthy mental diet in her new book The Mental Diet Pyramid - A Simplified System to Beat Stress and Live in Joy, available in eBook and audiobook formats at http://www.FindMoreJoy.com/mdp.php.
For additional information regarding a healthy mental diet, contact Karen Wheeler Hall or visit http://www.FindMoreJoy.com.
About Karen Wheeler Hall:
Karen Wheeler Hall is the author of The Mental Diet Pyramid - A Simplified System to Beat Stress and Live in Joy and Illumination - Inspiring Stories about Finding the Silver Lining, and co-author of 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Volume 3.
Mental Diet Pyramid is a registered service mark of Karen Wheeler Hall.
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