6 Ways to Rewire Your Brain to Think More Positively
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Coaches train athletes, dog owners train their furry friends, and teachers train students; however, there is one key trainee that is often overlooked: your thoughts. We all find ourselves facing self-conscious thoughts at one point or another—trust me, you’re not alone—but instead of disregarding our mind’s deceitful thoughts, we often fall prey to the vicious cycle of believing those thoughts and degrading our self-worth. If you find yourself stuck thinking this way, know that there is a way to change your thought habits.
Every time we have a thought--which is pretty much all the time-- we send brain signals that alter the amount and type of chemicals that circulate within our brain. In return, we train our brain to think in certain ways, similar to how we teach dogs new tricks by giving them treats. So what does this mean? Well, the short answer is that positive thoughts lead to more positive thoughts and actions while negative thoughts lead to negative ones.
Self-love is a complicated, multi-layered goal. Despite this, one simple fix that can lead to a more radiant you is training yourself to think more positively. Seems easy enough, right? That’s what I thought, but the process was much more taxing than I originally believed. In hopes of helping you find the best version of yourself, here are some tips to condition your mind in a positive way.
1. Recognize your triggers.
Demons come in all different forms, but you’re not gonna rid yourself of them until you identify them. It might be societal constructs, family drama, or pressure from school. Whatever it is, write your triggers down as a way to physically recognize them. When you find yourself in situations that involve them, remind yourself that you are in control of the situation.
2. Look at yourself in the mirror once a day and give yourself at least one compliment.
Put it in your to-do list for the day. Setting aside time to give your mind positive affirmations will force yourself to begin the rewiring process. It may seem silly but we all have to start somewhere, and after a week or so of doing this, you may be surprised at how well it works.
3. Eat a well-balanced diet.
I cannot emphasize enough how much food can influence your mood. As they say, you are what you eat, so be conscious of what you put into your body. Opt for fresh foods with a variety of vitamins. With that being said, also allow yourself room to eat the junk foods you love in moderation, as well.
4. Every time you have a negative thought, tell yourself three things you love about yourself.
The trick is to recognize when this happens and then feed your mind more positive affirmations like words and actions than negative ones.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
At the beginning of my journey, I thought I was in it alone; but I soon found my strength with the help of other . You have so many people in your life who would love to boost your perspective. Whether it’s your mom, best friend, or a trained professional, help is out there.
6. Find your self-love drug: do something for yourself at least once a day.
Watch a movie, take a bath, go out with your friends, but most importantly: live for yourself. At some of my lowest points, I found myself doing things for everyone but myself. Now, I opt for setting aside time for exercise or writing.
These tips are just the beginning. It may not happen overnight, but rewiring your brain is an attainable goal and is one that is well worth it.
How have you trained your brain to think more positively?