Updated: Jul 13, 2020
“It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to, has power over you. If you allow it.”
How often do you get the strange feeling that your head is buzzing with innumerable thoughts and you can’t seem to think straight? Do you frequently feel like you’re overthinking and blowing things out of proportion? You may not be wrong.
Many a time our problems are directly proportional to what we make of them inside our head. We always have the option of magnifying or minimizing our problems by taking control of our mind and thinking about things differently. Your mind has the power to make you or break you.
Our thoughts have enormous hold in our lives. Building a healthy mindset is stronger than any other attribute of human power. Our mind has no limits if we don’t create them and the best part is that we can think the way we choose to.
You may have heard at least one success story of a man from a low income family background with basic education and no resources or influences whatsoever. How did he make it possible? It was the proper mindset which drove him towards success.
So how do we control our mind? The mind likes to wonder but you’ve got to latch onto it. There are numerous ways to control and enhance our thoughts and break those illusionary barriers in our mind.
The Law of Attraction
You can make use of the Law of Attraction to attract into your lives whatever you’re focusing on. All thoughts turn into things eventually. If you focus on all the doom and gloom you’ll remain under a cloud of negativity. If you focus on the positivity and set goals, your mind will come up with ways to achieve them and you’ll be able to manifest what you want in life. Click on the link to know more: https://www.aimankibaat.com/post/what-is-law-of-attraction-and-how-it-works.
Journaling about your feelings with the intent of identifying the irrational, negative or distorted thoughts and perceptions that accompany them is called cognitive journaling. It uses the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to overcome problematic emotions or behaviors.
CBT helps identify and change thought patterns that have a detrimental effect on an individual and replaces them with more objective, realistic thoughts. Cognitive Journaling on a daily basis can thus help you gain a reign over your thoughts.
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to adapt. It’s a lifetime process of “reorganizing itself by forming new neural connection”. Research states that ‘neuroplasticity can not only help you recover from traumatic brain injury or stroke, but it can also help you make your life better as you can rewire your brain to establish better habits that contribute to your health, success, and well-being.’
While your brain undergoes changes with or without your consent, you can control and set the direction for these changes. You can enhance your neuroplasticity simply by getting enough sleep, learning new things, reducing stress, focusing on your goals and reading a novel.
Mindfulness is ‘a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.’ Daily mindful meditation practice has been shown to produce measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.
Studies have found increased grey matter density in the prefrontal lobe in mindful brains, an area primarily responsible for executive functioning such as planning, problem solving, and emotion regulation. Mindfulness seems to help control emotion by limiting compulsive negative thinking (especially in anxiety or depression) and increasing tolerance for negative affect and pain, thus creating a healthy mindset.
“Are you happy?”
Most of us will give mixed answers to that question. Much of life is comprised of mixed-bag scenarios in which we are content with some parts of life and dissatisfied with others. Your outlook determines your happiness, not your circumstances. Let go of stress, sadness, regrets and irrational thoughts that bring you down and let in understanding, love, and compassion.
Learning how to control your mind is crucial for building a sense of serenity with yourself and your life, no matter what circumstances you face. As you master how to take control of your mind, you’ll find the path to lasting, unshakable contentment.
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