Change your brain
Nourish and nurture your mind
Your thoughts influence, and are influenced by, your emotions. They are also stimulated and triggered by what you feel, see, hear, taste and smell.
Repetitive thoughts create neurological patterning that can either negatively or positively affect your mental, emotional and physical health. It makes a huge difference whether you’re thinking:
I can’t do this; or I can handle it
It’s difficult; or it’s manageable
Mary is just so mean, I hate her; or Mary must be unhappy
Life is so unfair; life offers ways to learn and grow
I’ll never achieve it; or I’ll find a way
Everyone else gets the best deal; or I am learning to negotiate
I’m not lovable; or I am loving and lovable.
Repeated negative thoughts can become part of your belief system about yourself, others and the world in general. And those thoughts often lead to feelings of helplessness, anger, fear, depression, sadness or anxiety. Research now shows that negative emotions can be linked with many serious illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.
Whether complaining, blaming or shaming you are likely to feel disempowered, a victim and bad about yourself, other people and your life.
It is important to have a flow of nourishing thoughts.
Roughly sixty thousand thoughts a day flow through your mind. It would be truly impossible to identify and keep track of each and every thought you think. So how can you begin to get your thoughts to work for, rather than against, you? Here are some suggestions:
Four step strategy to change your thinking
Remember: change happens gradually; become aware of your thoughts; know that you can change your thoughts and your mind.
- Breathe and relax
- Without judgement, begin to notice what you’re thinking and how you’re feeling along with the thought
- How could you change to a better feeling thought?
- Think that new thought it instead.
How do happy people think? What is their focus? What is their attitude? Happy people tend to:
- See difficulties as challenges that they will be able to handle
- See conflicts as situations that require understanding and mutually beneficial solutions
- Trust they can learn and grow throughout life
- Be grateful
- Spot beauty in likely and unlikely places
- See the humanity in all people
- Take self-responsibility
- Look for the best.
Wishing you happiness,