This is the critical question. It may seem like a mystery, but it does not need to be.
My own reaction is wanting chocolate. When I am in that state, I think I know that chocolate will solve whatever is causing my stress now. Fortunately, I also know it won’t solve my problem.
I can usually tell the difference between having a taste for chocolate–wanting to appreciate its actual taste–and wanting to just eat it–the sooner the better.
Recently I noticed my stress signal and stopped to consider why I was feeling so upset. Especially because everything seemed to be going well in my life.
I finally realized that I was feeling stressed whenever I read a newspaper or listened to the news. The current political situation is so toxic that I kept visualizing scenes of disaster.
The scenes I was visualizing were the actual trigger for my distress. The news articles themselves were mostly words and other people’s opinions.
I used the scenes as the trigger in the sentences, repeated the sentences, and felt better almost immediately.
I also decided to stop exposing myself to so much of what stimulated my imagination. Then I ate a single square of chocolate and enjoyed it thoroughly.
This paragraph is a comment I wrote about a passage on Page 82of Letting It Go: Relieve Anxiety and Toxic Stress in Just a Few Minutes Using Only Words (Rapid Relief with Logosynthesis®.) You can see the passage in the book. You can also see the excerpt here. This link will take you to, where I regularly publish comments on parts of this book. This is a site where authors share of their work. You can subscribe to my musings, there, as well as to the musings of many other authors. It’s a great place to learn about new books and I recommend that you visit.