One of the best ways of improving your mental wellbeing is by creating a positive mind-set. I know that sounds cheesy but bear with me while I explain why.
Our brains don’t know the difference between imagination and reality. So, lets’ say for example that you have a job interview and every time you think about it you imagine it going badly. By the time it comes around, you’ve gone through it 50 times in your head and each time it’s been a disaster. You do really well in the actual interview but as far as your brain is concerned you’ve had 51 job interviews and done badly in 50 of them.
Now when that happens, when it feels like everything is going badly, it can feel like you’re under attack; and your brain will generally step in to help you. It has 3 ways of doing this; anxiety, anger or depression. Anxiety is there to help you run away from a threat, depression will help you to hide until it’s safe and anger will help you to fight back. So, you can see the impact that negative thinking can have!
Training your brain to be more positive will make you happier and healthier. In my sessions with clients; we focus on having positive thoughts, having positive interactions with others and taking positive action. That’s because doing this helps our brains to create serotonin; a chemical in our brain that we need to feel happy.
The part most people find difficult is positive thinking; I mean it’s hard to control your thoughts! Especially if you’ve been thinking negatively for a long time. But it can be done, and here are some ideas to get you started:
- Write down what at least 3 things you’re grateful for every day
- Keep a journal of things that have gone well
- Exercise – a great chemical boost for the brain!
- Meditate – the headspace app is great for beginners
- Do nice things for other people
Make these daily habits and you will soon see a difference in your wellbeing.
If you want to know how hypnotherapy can help you call me on 07973914718