Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mind Makeover - Detoxify your mind

Is it enough to only detoxify the body in the New Year? According to some, no. The best way to get the New Year off to a gallant start is by also paying attention to the mind. What does this mean exactly? Well, with all the recent research on what we think having a direct effect on our physical well-being, it seems giving our mind a MOT has many benefits.

It’s claimed negative thought patterns can lead to ill health, so consider if your thoughts could be playing a part in any physical problems you may be suffering from. If you feel this could be an issue and find it difficult ridding the negative thoughts, there are techniques you can use to banish those negative thoughts and in turn improve the way you see and deal with life’s challenges and possibly even improve your health!

Firstly, try to be more conscious of your thoughts, if you find yourself thinking of something that would be counter productive to achieving your goals, recognise it and replace the thought with a positive one. Keep doing this, it will become easier to notice the rogue thoughts and change them. You will find as time goes on you will gradually be having more positive thoughts, until it becomes habitual and the negative thoughts will no longer be an issue!

If this isn’t enough and you still struggle with negative thought patterns, you may have some deep rooted beliefs which may take a bit more work to shift. There are many effective therapies which can help to combat limiting beliefs and put you on the right path. You can enlist the help of practitioners from a number of therapies such as;

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is a therapy which aims to solve problems through a goal-orientated systematic procedure. By identifying limiting beliefs, new ways of reacting and behaving are provided in order to change how a situation is viewed.

Hypnosis is another effective therapy which speaks to the sub-conscious when in a relaxed state. Suggestions are made which are said to by-pass the conscious rational mind in this state. This allows changes in core beliefs to take effect with ease and in a short amount of time.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) involves tapping on acupuncture points while focussing on a specific negative memory. The tapping is said to positively affect the body’s electrical system, releasing the memory and diminishing its negative impact.

These are just a few of many ways of addressing negative thought patterns. All differ in technique but lead to the same result. Whichever technique you use in ridding yourself of negative thoughts, once achieved, can only lead to a more lighter and happier you, which can also only have a positive effect on your health, right?

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