Overcoming Negative Thought Patterns

brain health caregiver stress caregiver support self-care Sep 27, 2021

Neuroplasticity is your brain's ability to change and adapt as a result of everything you see, think, say, and do.

It physically alters your brain - for better or worse.

So, if you want to feel better, even when challenging or upsetting situations make it seem like an impossibility...

We have good news.

Did you know that it's possible to trick your brain into cultivating a positive state of mind?

It starts with paying attention to what you pay attention to...

For instance, if you find yourself paying constant attention to what makes you unhappy, such as a diagnosis or what people do or don't do...

You are conditioning your brain to stay in negative thought patterns.

This creates disruptive emotions like anger, frustration, or hopelessness.

On the other hand, if you can shift your attention to what you're grateful for, such as people you love or accomplishing a small task...

You are "rewiring" your brain to overcome negative thought patterns, which helps decrease disruptive emotions...

And gives you relief and endurance to manage the challenges you're facing.

To take this a step further, we love Dr. Rick Hanson's method he calls taking in the good.

"By taking a few extra seconds to stay with a positive experience - even the comfort of a single breath - you'll help turn a passing mental state into a lasting neural structure."  - Dr. Rick Hanson

This gives your brain time to absorb the experience and stay in a more positive state of mind.

If this isn't natural for you, challenge yourself to give this a try.

The next time you see, think, say, or do something good, no matter how small...

Stay with it.

Reflect on it.

Then, share it with someone or write it down.

This is a great way to control your attention and hold onto the good!


Robin & Lee

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