How to Train Your Brain to Stop Worrying


We all know that excessive amount of worrying and stress can completely derail our mental health. That should have been enough to get everyone’s attention. But just in case you didn’t know it also has some very visible and equally damaging effects on your physical health as well. Don’t believe us yet, read on to know more.

There are some who advocate that a little anxiety is a good thing. And yes, if we aren’t under some sort of pressure, we tend to take longer to complete stuff. But everyone’s threshold is different and they need to pay attention as to when things are getting out of their hands for them. Physical signs of excessive worrying include crazily elevated heart rate, lots of sweating, and difficulty in breathing.

Stress is also a signal to our body to prepare itself for a fight which is one of the survival mechanism our ancestors developed to survive in the harsh living situations of the Stone age.

The muscles tense up and draw blood, leaving you looking pale and drained. And since there is no physical release for this built up pressure, it turns inwards causing you ache in different body parts such as your legs, back, head and other signs such as trembling. If it is more severe, it can also I’m part your digestion, resulting in either constipation or diarrhea.

And if you worry too much, it will also have an effect on your immune system. Too much stress weakens your immunity making you more susceptible to various infections, ranging from the common cold to much more dangerous illnesses.

Well, thankfully reversing or completely avoiding all these signs is totally in your hand. Our brain adapts easily and you can train it to worry less by introducing some changes in your behavior and everyday activities.

Follow these simple steps to make your mind stop worrying.

#1 Put it into words.

Stop crowding your mind by worrying about things. Write down everything that is causing you anxiety. Firstly it will de-clutter your mind, secondly, it will give an abstract idea a concrete form and finally it will help you move forward from the problem to its best and worst case scenarios, as well as solutions.

#2 Try meditating.

When your thoughts get too overwhelming for you, it is a good idea to completely clean your mind of everything. If you do it even for a couple of minutes you will notice the difference.

#3 Use your stress to fuel your workout.

When you exercise, it brings down the level of stress hormones in your body (cortisol and adrenaline), by using them up. And it also increases the level of endorphins in your system which is pick-me-up kind of hormone.

Train Your Brain To Let Go Of Habits – 10 Methods For Creating New Neural Pathways


When you understand how neural pathways are created in the brain, you get a front row seat for truly comprehending how to let go of habits. Neural pathways are like superhighways of nerve cells that transmit messages. You travel over the superhighway many times, and the pathway becomes more and more solid. You may go to a specific food or cigarettes for comfort over and over, and that forms a brain pathway. The hopeful fact, however, is that the brain is always changing and you can forge new pathways and create new habits. That’s called the neuroplasticity of the brain.

I used to drive with one foot on the brake and the other on the accelerator, and I wanted to train myself to drive with one foot only. It took some time, as I had a strong neural pathway for two-footed driving. But because I had the will to do it, I built a new pathway, and I rewired or reprogrammed my brain. You can remove a behavior or thought or addictions directly from the brain.

Because of neuroplasticity, the brain’s ever-changing potentials, anything is possible. People who’ve had strokes can retrain their brains to function again by building new pathways. Smokers and overeaters and many others can learn new behaviors and attitudes and can transform their lives.

Whether you work with others on their habits or you work with your own (or both), you can apply these understandings to boost your success.

Some Powerful Ways to Retrain the Brain

1. Identity the habit you’d like to transform and set the intention.

You may remember the punch line “The light bulb has to want to change.”  You have to have a high intention to change as well. If there is this high intention, then creating new pathways in your brain is bound to happen.

 2. Observe what the old habit or pathway is doing in your life.

Look at feelings, thoughts, and how the body is responding to the habit, and see what results you’re creating in your life. Be the witness, and  be aware.

3. Shift your focus.

This is very important. To create a new neural pathway, you take the focus off the old habit, and then that old habit eventually falls away. Don’t pay attention to the donuts and cakes. Take your awareness and focus it on good, wholesome, healthy delicious foods.

4. Use your imagination.

You can build new neural pathways not only with new behaviors, but through the imagination. Just imagine the new behaviors over and over and over. Keep repeating that in your mind so you build new pathways. Focus your mind and retrain your brain.

5. Interrupt your thoughts and patterns when they arise.

Say “no” or “cancel” when an old thought or impulse comes in, and say, “I don’t have to do that anymore.” Then turn toward the new neural pathway you’re building and keep on going in the right direction.

6. Use aversion therapy.

This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s an optional path. I like to call it “the maggots on the chocolate cake technique.” I used to love candies and sweets, and when I stopped eating them, I still had to pass by them when I walked by the candy store in town. I used aversion to train my brain to walk on by: “That’s junk,” I said to myself. “It’s made in factories, sickeningly sweet, makes me feel bad. The company makes it so sweet just to addict buyers. I don’t want any of that.” So I talk myself out of it. I’ve use it with many clients (only those who say they want it) on smoking, junk food, cocaine and many other behaviors.

7.  Create a specific plan and choose what to do instead.

When you get specific, it’s easier to build new neural pathways. You “make it official.”  Decide if you want to exercise instead of overeating or if you want to eat fruit instead of candy. Just keep focused on the new choice.  You may want to create affirmations and anchors to reinforce your choices. This can be “I’m free or “I’m in control.” Reinforce this with energy therapies like EFT or other techniques.

8. Transform the obstacles.

Look at what’s in the way. Look at secondary gain – what you’ve been getting out of the old habits or pathways. Look at the stress in your life and how you can handle it differently. Get your mind in the place of possibility. Handle the emotions and thoughts and get on a new superhighway in your mind.

9. Connect with your Higher Source for inspiration and support.

Listen to our guidance. Know you have the Force within you, and therefore you have great power. Meditation creates new pathways and brain changes. Actual studies have been done on the brains of monks to show meditation’s effect on neural circuits of the brain.

10. Transform and make the shift.

Know that transformation is always possible and that you can create new brain pathways whenever you’re ready to make the shift. When you keep your mind in the “I can do it!” space, you get a clear sense that you’re done with the old and on a new beam now.

 Some people feel we’re being rewired spiritually for anew era. There’s great upheaval now in our world. And there’s a process of transformation happening on earth in which huge changes are taking place for all of humanity. You have to be present in the moment, overcome your fears, and get to know the Infinite source so you can be a vehicle for the light to predominate on the earth.

How to Train Your Brain to Stop Worrying.


If you hear someone saying that worrying is one of the main reason for many illnesses, then you have to believe them. Not only does worrying affect the mental state, but it can also trigger physical illnesses.We know that it is impossible not to worry at all, as a matter of fact, a little worry can be even helpful as it helps you prepare for the upcoming situation. But, when it comes to excessive worrying, it will make you feel stressed, tired, extremely prone to depression, and even physically ill.

Worrying causes your heart rate to increase, promotes sweating, and causes breathing troubles. You can also appear pale, since the blood withdraws from the skin and moves towards the muscles in order to prepare them for the ‘fight or flight’ situation.When our body is prepared to respond to a threat, you can feel weak legs, trembling, headaches, and back pain. The tension that causes these symptoms can also affect the digestive system, causing diarrhea or constipation.

 Moreover, chronic worry may make you prone to infections as well. This is because stress and anxiety are known to lower the immune system, making you prone to colds or even more serious illnesses. Plus, they also make you even more fatigued and lethargic.Luckily, you got a very powerful organ to fight this – your brain! By making few behavioral changes, you can fight this problem and get back to your everyday life and high-functioning self.

Here are three simple steps toward achieving this:

  1. Write down your worries

Transforming your thoughts, in this case worries, into concrete words can help you find a solution. Write any kind of worry that’s bothering you, even if it seems insignificant, like what shoes to wear to the formal dinner, write it down. This will prepare you to conceptualize the problems and look for a way to resolve the problem. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago showed that anxious test takers who wrote their feelings before doing the test actually performed much better compared to those who didn’t. Researchers believe that the key to writing about your worries is to emphasize the worst possible outcome for the cause of your anxiety.

 

  1. Practice mindfulness meditation

Numerous studies have confirmed that mediation can improve mental stability and cognitive function. Try meditating whenever you can, you will notice the positive impact.

 

  1. Channel your stress into exercise

Exercising is great both for your physical and mental health. Exercising on a regular basis helps regain the control of your life.It is now wonder why doctors recommend depressed patients to practice aerobic exercise. It helps these patients to lower the levels of body`s stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, while boosting the production of endorphins.

Train Your Brain To Let Go Of Habits – 10 Methods For Creating New Neural Pathways


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When you understand how neural pathways are created in the brain, you get a front row seat for truly comprehending how to let go of habits. Neural pathways are like superhighways of nerve cells that transmit messages. You travel over the superhighway many times, and the pathway becomes more and more solid. You may go to a specific food or cigarettes for comfort over and over, and that forms a brain pathway. The hopeful fact, however, is that the brain is always changing and you can forge new pathways and create new habits. That’s called the neuroplasticity of the brain.

I used to drive with one foot on the brake and the other on the accelerator, and I wanted to train myself to drive with one foot only. It took some time, as I had a strong neural pathway for two-footed driving. But because I had the will to do it, I built a new pathway, and I rewired or reprogrammed my brain. You can remove a behavior or thought or addictions directly from the brain.

Because of neuroplasticity, the brain’s ever-changing potentials, anything is possible. People who’ve had strokes can retrain their brains to function again by building new pathways. Smokers and overeaters and many others can learn new behaviors and attitudes and can transform their lives.

Whether you work with others on their habits or you work with your own (or both), you can apply these understandings to boost your success.

Some Powerful Ways to Retrain the Brain

1. Identity the habit you’d like to transform and set the intention.

You may remember the punch line “The light bulb has to want to change.”  You have to have a high intention to change as well. If there is this high intention, then creating new pathways in your brain is bound to happen.

2. Observe what the old habit or pathway is doing in your life.

Look at feelings, thoughts, and how the body is responding to the habit, and see what results you’re creating in your life. Be the witness, and  be aware.

3. Shift your focus.

This is very important. To create a new neural pathway, you take the focus off the old habit, and then that old habit eventually falls away. Don’t pay attention to the donuts and cakes. Take your awareness and focus it on good, wholesome, healthy delicious foods.

4. Use your imagination.

You can build new neural pathways not only with new behaviors, but through the imagination. Just imagine the new behaviors over and over and over. Keep repeating that in your mind so you build new pathways. Focus your mind and retrain your brain.

5. Interrupt your thoughts and patterns when they arise.

Say “no” or “cancel” when an old thought or impulse comes in, and say, “I don’t have to do that anymore.” Then turn toward the new neural pathway you’re building and keep on going in the right direction.

6. Use aversion therapy.

This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s an optional path. I like to call it “the maggots on the chocolate cake technique.” I used to love candies and sweets, and when I stopped eating them, I still had to pass by them when I walked by the candy store in town. I used aversion to train my brain to walk on by: “That’s junk,” I said to myself. “It’s made in factories, sickeningly sweet, makes me feel bad. The company makes it so sweet just to addict buyers. I don’t want any of that.” So I talk myself out of it. I’ve use it with many clients (only those who say they want it) on smoking, junk food, cocaine and many other behaviors.

7.  Create a specific plan and choose what to do instead.

When you get specific, it’s easier to build new neural pathways. You “make it official.”  Decide if you want to exercise instead of overeating or if you want to eat fruit instead of candy. Just keep focused on the new choice.  You may want to create affirmations and anchors to reinforce your choices. This can be “I’m free or “I’m in control.” Reinforce this with energy therapies like EFT or other techniques.

8. Transform the obstacles.

Look at what’s in the way. Look at secondary gain – what you’ve been getting out of the old habits or pathways. Look at the stress in your life and how you can handle it differently. Get your mind in the place of possibility. Handle the emotions and thoughts and get on a new superhighway in your mind.

9. Connect with your Higher Source for inspiration and support.

Listen to our guidance. Know you have the Force within you, and therefore you have great power. Meditation creates new pathways and brain changes. Actual studies have been done on the brains of monks to show meditation’s effect on neural circuits of the brain.

10. Transform and make the shift.

Know that transformation is always possible and that you can create new brain pathways whenever you’re ready to make the shift. When you keep your mind in the “I can do it!” space, you get a clear sense that you’re done with the old and on a new beam now.

Some people feel we’re being rewired spiritually for anew era. There’s great upheaval now in our world. And there’s a process of transformation happening on earth in which huge changes are taking place for all of humanity. You have to be present in the moment, overcome your fears, and get to know the Infinite source so you can be a vehicle for the light to predominate on the earth.