Think about your mental script and internal dialogue. What is it that you think of on a daily basis? Are you compassionate and celebratory towards yourself or do you engage in self-bashing, negative self-talk in your mind all before you’ve even started your day.
Whether we would like to admit it or not many of us lead our lives with thoughts of stress, anxiety and our perceived inadequacies instead of focusing on our strengths.
It is often said that our mind-set has the power to influence the quality of our lives. If this is the case, why do we not spend more time carefully selecting our thoughts, our stimuli, environments and influences?
It may be hard to determine if our thoughts drive our experiences or if our experiences determine how we think and perceive the world. But in all honesty, our thoughts, our experiences and inadvertently the quality of our lives are all interwoven and linked.
If we are to be completely honest with ourselves, there is a certain sense of mental equilibrium that we need to have in order to enjoy:
Our thoughts influence our experiences.
Our experiences become our memories.
Our memories become our frame of reference.
Our frame of reference is influenced by our thoughts and all of this filters into the fabric of our lives.
It is all very well and good to decide that we want to improve our thoughts and the quality of our lives. But how do we actually go about doing so? The truth is that we cannot simply transform our minds by doing so at a level of thought. We have to expose ourselves to new information, material, stimuli, ways of thinking, people, situations and circumstances.
Never before have we been faced with as much information as we are nowadays. From the moment that we open our eyes in the morning until we close them again at night, we are inundated with information online and on social media platforms. The phrase content shock truly is completely and utterly appropriate for the times that we live in.
Having said that, unless we are constantly vigilant about what we are exposed to, we are unwittingly exposed to negative experiences. Invariably videos and content with negative messaging makes its way into our space.
It doesn’t hurt to put up filters across social media platforms, unfollow negative social media influences, and perhaps more importantly, balance time online with real life interaction.
What impact does physical activity have on your state of mind? The answer, a lot more than you could possibly realise. Getting your heart rate up and having feel-good endorphins and adrenaline pumping through your veins also contributes to harmony and a positive state of mind.
Furthermore physical activity acts as a natural anti-depressant. Exercise helps to physically break the cycle of negative thinking and it also enhances the quality of your breathing, blood flow and circulation.
Feeling motivated to get up on that exercise bike already?
If you’ve ever felt like you needed to take a moment and simply relax and breathe out your stresses, chances are that your mind and body are out of sync and not enjoying the strongest connection. The good news is that this can be strengthened with a few practices.
Respect your body– If you are tired, overwrought, have too much stimulation, you may need to take a break and recharge. Respect the signals of your body and do so.
Practice Self Affirmations– A positive attitude is something that you can cultivate through the practice of self-affirmations and positive thoughts. Get in front of the mirror, make eye contact with yourself and speak life over yourself.
Improve the Quality of your Breathing– Seems obvious doesn’t it? Well. There are many of us walking around holding our breath and functioning in a state of anxiety. Mind-body connection is enhanced when we become present in our breathing. Notice your breath and try some breathing exercises to help you remain rooted in the moment.
The little things that you do on a day to day basis help you frame and positively condition your mind. Whether we realise it or not, our state of mind has a definite and palpable effect on the quality of our lives. It, therefore, helps for us to prime our minds for a great quality of life.
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