Is it true that you can change your life by stretching your mind? Yes, it is true. Stretching your mind will help your brain to solve problems efficiently, alleviate mental burdens, optimize your mind functions, enhance your innovativeness and boost your productivity immensely. So how do I improve my thinking process to stretch my mind?
Each day I go out for a walk in nature and enjoy the beauty around me, this exercises my mind and body but this is not the only thing I do. For many years now I’ve listened to audiobooks, read books, attended seminars and online webinars and practised gratitude. I learnt that you can’t just listen and read but you need to take action and learn new skills in order to stretch the mind and grow.
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5 Tips on creating mindful habits for personal growth.
Effectively when you stretch the mind you are expanding your knowledge. Developing via personal development. Personal development takes many forms, one of the forms is mindfulness. Mindfulness helps us live in the present moment and connect with our emotions, decreasing anxiety, stress and depression. Enables us to be more productive and more present in our lives.
I know we have many habits that watch, these mindful habits are just a few I’ve used to assist me with personal growth.
Do away with the negative self-talk.
Don’t be a prisoner of negative self-talk.
Tolerating negative self-talk can lead to self-destruction. It is a toxic habit and engaging in this habit will only trigger anxiety, stress, depression and low self-esteem in your life.
Start by not focusing on negative things that leave you feeling low.
Negative self-talk can leave you really frustrated. In fact, it will only make you start second-guessing yourself and your abilities.
Consider creating mindful habits for growth by turning negative thoughts into positive ones.
Be a 1/2 glass full person and learn how to face life with positive thinking.
I personally required to work on talking positively back to my negative self-talk. Although, I displayed a face of positivity I had low self-esteem and found the way out was to change my thinking and turn my negative thoughts into positive thoughts. Again, it is reading and implementing the strategies that I’ve read that have assisted with this.
I learnt how to balance life with mindfulness methods that work, you can too.
Be grateful and show gratitude.
Gratitude is the key to happiness and healthier life. Feeling sorry for yourself will not benefit your life in any way. Being grateful on the other hand can transform your life in so many beautiful ways. For instance, showing gratitude will enhance your psychological and physical health significantly.
Gratitude helps to;
- promote relaxation
- eliminate stress/aggression
- improves your sleep
- keeps you energized
- enhances your inner peace
- be more positive
Gratitude also makes us happier and healthier.
If you are stuck on what to be grateful for, here are 21 daily things we take for granted that we shouldn’t.
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Being emotionally strong does not necessarily mean losing touch with your emotions. On the contrary, being vulnerable makes you a better and happier person. Bottling your emotions can be detrimental to your overall health. Be real to yourself and make no apologies for it. Don’t be afraid of being ridiculed, or criticized by those close to you for being vulnerable. Generally, vulnerability enhances your creativity, vision, honesty, and happiness.
Entertaining negative thoughts in your mind can be disadvantageous to your psychological and physical health. Therefore, make a regular habit of focusing on things that make you happy and motivated rather than on those that cause you anguish.
You can eliminate negativity in your life completely by engaging in things that bring your abundant peace of mind and happiness. Don’t hesitate to visit your favourite places, watch movies, work out, go shopping, read a good book or dance whenever you feel overwhelmed by negative thoughts.
Don’t waste your precious time thinking about negative things that occurred in the past. Instead, look forward to waking up every new day and making each day count. Being positive-minded will boost your energy and enhance the feeling of fulfilment. Follow your passion and you will never go wrong.
As mentioned above have a go-to place, a place that you visit that puts you in a positive mind. I like to go for walks where there is a water view by the lake or by the sea but on the days I can’t go out due to a work shift then I have pictures on my phone or short videos of the sea or sounds of nature. These pictures are uplifting and bring me back into the presence of now.
Forgive and let go.
Harbouring hatred, resentments, grudges, and anger can totally destroy your life. The best way of stretching your mind effectively is through forgiveness. We all make mistakes or rub others the wrong way without even knowing it.
Many are times when we realize our mistakes after hurting the very people we love. Resultantly, we make amends by begging for forgiveness. The rule is simple. Forgive and you will be forgiven. There is great wisdom in practising forgiveness in your life. Don’t be a prisoner of accumulative hatred and negativity. Let it go and be happy.
In conclusion, befriend negative self-talk, and turn it into positive talk as being grateful can automatically enhance your overall health immensely.
To keep help strengthen and stretch the mind read inspiring and motivating quotes. Here are some that may interest you.
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