Positive Thinking Can Help You Dig Yourself Out of That Grave You’ve Made For Yourself
Today, lets take a look at something that isn’t (but should be) common knowledge: Positive Thinking.
Yes we all know that positive thinking is a good thing, it helps you when you have doubts in life blah blah blah … blah blah. This phrase has been over-used so much that it hardly has any meaning. It’s so easy to be positive when things are going great in your life. We are all wonder beings in the pursuit of happiness, so its only obvious that we will rejoice in our happiness. But what about the bad times? What about those times you feel like you can’t get up. What about the times you feel like you have hit rock bottom? How the hell are you going to think positive then?
Here’s the secret that’s not really a secret.
The fact is, positive thinking really does change your brain in a real physical way.
This form of science is called neuroplasticity. It means that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains. The thesis behind the science was first introduced by William James in 1890, but it was soundly rejected by scientists who uniformly believed the brain is rigidly mapped out, with certain parts of the brain controlling certain functions. If that part is dead or damaged, the function is altered or lost.
Neuroplasticity now has major acceptance as scientists are proving the brain is endlessly adaptable and dynamic.
It has the power to change its own structure, even for those with the severe neurological afflictions. People with problems like strokes, cerebral palsy, and mental illness can train other areas of their brains through repetitive mental and physical activities. It is completely life-altering and revolutionary.
How does Neuroplasticity coincide with positive thinking and you?
Repetitive positive thought and positive activity can rewire your brain and strengthen brain areas that stimulate positive feelings.
In his widely-acclaimed book, The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, Norman Doidge M.D. states plainly that the brain has the capacity to rewire itself and/or form new neural pathways — but we have to put in the work. Just like exercise, the work requires repetition and activity to reinforce new learning.
According to StevenAitChison.com, there are many situations in which you can start mending your brain.
While You Fail
Everyone fears doing something new because we don’t wait to fail, we have grown to like living in comfort. The truth is, we can do most anything if we take action, stop negative thinking, and shift our perceptions of the truth about our abilities.
- Action steps: Force yourself to stop thinking about reasons you can’t do something, even if you don’t feel brave or capable. Every time a negative thought creeps in, retrain your brain to think a positive thought about your abilities instead. Then take small actions every day toward achieving your goal or desired change. Nike’s slogan, “Just do it,” has real validity.
When you worry about whats gonna happen tomorrow, and you live in fear of what might come next, you start to live in fear. It drains your energy, affects your sleep, and spirals your mood and outlook on life. Focusing on your problem only strengthens the worry function in your brain.
- Action steps: When you find yourself in that cycle of worry or compulsive thinking, remember the three R’s — rename, re-frame, and redirect. When the worry begins, mentally yell “Stop!” Rename the issue by reminding yourself that worry isn’t real. Rename it as a compulsive reaction, not reality.Re-frame your thinking by focusing on positive or distracting thoughts, even if you still feel anxious. Force yourself to think different thoughts. Redirectyour actions. Go do something uplifting, fun or mentally engaging. The key is following these steps repeatedly, every time you worry obses
Mood Disorders/ Your Phobias
Depression is a serious issue. Its almost as if you’ve dug yourself a grave. Some mood disorders, like depression or serious anxieties that morph into phobias, can be debilitating and unrelenting. Psychologists and therapists have used treatments based on neuroplasticity to get to the cognitive root of these disorders and put a patient’s life back on track.
- Action steps: A serious mood disorder or phobia requires the help of a trained counselor. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a type of treatment that helps people learn how to identify and change destructive thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior and feelings. If you suffer from severe anxiety or depression, you need someone skilled to help you get to the root of these thoughts and to show you how to change them. Ask them about CBT.
Ladies, your life doesn’t have to be negative, it can be joyful and beautiful. That is only if you want it to be that way. Change the way we think, change the life of the most beautiful person in the world: You.