Right now, hold up your virtual hand if you ever “lost” your keys or a pen and realized they were in your own hands, or suffered blackouts from getting so lost in your thoughts that you drove miles down the road without even realizing it. There is no shame if you raised your hand to this; we all suffer from some level of thought addiction. This is caused by our ego and our mind when they start to believe that they are life, instead of just tools to help us navigate through it. Fortunately, there is hope!
Here is a list of ways to help you retrain your brain and develop proper thinking skills. If you follow them, you will think better, remember better and become more effective and present in every aspect of your life. You will also feel more fulfilled and happy because real life isn’t lived in the prison between your ears, it’s outside your body and it’s HUGE.
1. Start with the trinity of good health. Get enough rest, exercise and eat healthy. That includes drinking plenty of water. Your mind needs rest, the flow of chemicals you get from exercise and the nutrients in order to operate properly. It also needs to stay hydrated for boosted clarity.
2. Start to think about how you think. When you are thoughtful of your thoughts you can witness them and realize how many of them are a waste of time and which ones are truly helpful to think about, such as how to calculate your paycheck. Practicing mindfulness activities is an excellent way to detach from your thoughts and gain awareness over them.
Awareness of a thinking problem is the first step in fixing it!
3. Remember you are not your thoughts. Thoughts come from a combination of past experiences, beliefs, whether you feel good or not, what mood you are in and a variety of other variables. In all honesty, unless they are about logical operations such as how to bake a cake or design a website, they should not be trusted.
This might sound unusual, and at the same time, self-trust should come from a place beyond your thoughts and transient emotions. Some people call that place their intuition; others call it their higher self or spirit. You can call it whatever you want, that is the part of you that has the highest level of intelligence, not the thoughts in your head. This is what you want to develop while you work on increasing your thinking skills.
4. Lighten the load! Seriously, there is so much information coming in every single second of your life that you will never be able to keep up with. When you overload your head with too many things to do, it will not operate properly. Think of a computer, if you have too many programs running it isn’t going to work the way you want it to. Your brain is no different. Clear the cache – shut down all programs that aren’t serving you and choose what is the absolutely most important.
5. Take some time to give yourself a Brain Detox. The instructions are in the “Quick Brain Detox and Mental Reboot” article here at Inspir3.
Remember, you are the master of your mind and you can increase your thinking skills, gain clarity and achieve a better memory. The results will be a more effective way of life, time will become more of your friend and you will begin to truly live instead of being the prisoner to the matter between your ears.