Training the mind is far more difficult than training the body….
Training the mind requires you to practice frequently which includes meditation, yoga, positive affirmations, and other virtues. Sometimes we are bombarded with stressful situations which do not allow us enough time to deal with our issues properly.
Training your mind helps manage your sensitivity to situations when adversity strikes. Your mind does have the potential to do some damage just as much as it has the potential to heal you.
So how do we “train” our minds?
“Meditation and practicing mindfulness is an extraordinary skill that requires patience and persistence.”
It is no secret that meditation is the best way to train your mind by practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness is the meditation practice of focusing solely on the present moment and deepening your awareness. Meditation is an extraordinary skill that requires patience and persistence. Simply put meditation is training for the mind just as exercise is for the body.
First, read some meditation books or books on anatomy. Find out what part of the brain is responsible for what emotion because learning how the brain operates is a good start. Next, establish a routine, set goals, and pace yourself. Be patient, it may take a while for you to figure out what works for you.
What you eat can create changes in the brain’s structure both physiologically and chemically. Incorporating complex carbs and fermented foods in your diet can work to increase serotonin levels-the happy hormones. Serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter which is simply put a mood regulator. Serotonin is not found in food it’s actually synthesized from the amino acid tryptophan which is found in some foods such as fish, whole grains, and nuts and even green tea.
As for sleep, sleep regulates the entire body including the mind playing an important role in your brain’s cognitive process specifically sleep stages three and four. This is why when you don’t get enough sleep you feel fatigued and don’t think clearly. Sleepfoundation.org says it clearly; “The one-third of our lives that we spend sleeping, far from being “unproductive,” plays a direct role in how full, energetic and successful the other two-thirds of our lives can be.” Sleep is essential in holding it all together.
“Exercise is essential for the development of the brain and the training of your mind.”
Exercise has been linked to being a great guard against depression and anxiety disorders. Exercise releases endorphins which are chemicals that give a feeling of pleasure or euphoria; working out makes you feel good. Furthermore, The shape of the nation report, was released in 2016 which further emphasized the effect exercise has on the brain; “A growing body of evidence suggests a relationship between physical activity and the structure and functioning of the brain. Time spent in physical activity is related to enriched cognitive development and lifelong brain health.” This report was geared primarily for adolescents but makes sense for adults as well.
Practice thinking positive
Start by setting a reminder on your phone that goes off twice a day which displays something positive. For example, your reminder would normally display a task like “call mom” or “let the dog out” try adding a positive phrase as a reminder such as “life is good” or “you’re an amazing person.” This is an effective training technique of enforcing positivity because what you see and hear is directly absorbed into the mind.
Stop complaining and show some gratitude!
Do not complain about anything anymore, period. If you notice when you complain you tense up and your mood changes in a split second. For some your blood pressure may rise, your body heats up, and you may experience a surge of anxiety. In other words, complaining has a direct effect on the body and stresses you out. The only way to battle your urge to complain is to immediately show gratitude and practice positive thinking.
“Train your mind frequently and you will be surprised by the amount of peace you can achieve in your life.”
In conclusion, training your mind can be more difficult than training the body. The mind can be very stubborn, so it requires more patience and discipline than most things. You will be surprised at how mindfulness and a healthy lifestyle will work wonders in training your mind. If you train your mind frequently you will be surprised at what this could do for your life.