Your mind dictates your happiness levels and how you see the world. In a rut? Want to change? Luckily, this is possible because the brain is very flexible. With the right strategies, you can easily hack your subconscious mind and improve your life. Check out these five ideas.
Meditation isn’t hard. You just lie there and let your mind go. If your mind tends to wander, you can pop on a guided meditation video or use a mediation app.
Clearing your mind offers a lot of benefits. In the moment, it’s relaxing, but the effects last much longer than the few minutes you devote to this practice. Regular meditation reduces stress and anxiety. It helps your concentration. It also makes you a kinder and more compassionate person.
The practice of gratitude can also reshape your brain. Start every day by writing down or saying three things that you’re grateful for. If you’re getting stuck on the same item, try to be more specific. For instance, if your dog is the first thing that jumps to mind every day, just get a little more granular. Note that your are grateful for the feel of their fur, the way they greet you after work, or how happy they are when they see a squirrel.
Over time, this practice will effectively create new patterns in your brain. You might start to think,”Ugh, I don’t want to do the laundry or cook dinner.” But, then your subconscious will go, “But I sure am grateful for my wardrobe or the fridge full of food.” Over time, your brain may even stop the complaints and jump straight to gratitude. This will change your life.
3. Positive affirmations
Your brain develops grooves between your neurons, and the easiest thoughts are the ones that are well grooved into your brain. But here’s the good news — you can make new grooves in your brain.
Often, people train their brains to think negative thoughts about themselves. Their brains may be accustomed to thinking, I’m not good enough, I’m not pretty enough, or I can’t do x. Positive affirmations can help you get beyond these destructive thoughts. Choose a perception that you want to change about yourself and repeat it every day.
This can be a very simple affirmation such as “I am a good person.” Or it can be a more pointed thought such as “I am motivated to work hard.” Just by saying and feeling this thought every day, you will create a new pattern in your brain. Affirmations also help people to eat better and exercise more.
Hypnosis can affect your brain in very powerful ways. It can help you lose weight, quit smoking, or make other positive changes in your life. Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis cannot make you do something that you don’t want to do. Hypnosis is a form of guided meditation that can change how your brain processes information.
For instance, if you want to quit smoking and are having trouble on your own, hypnosis can alter how your brain thinks of smoking. It can help you see yourself as a non-smoker, and once you truly believe that, you’ve kicked the habit.
Your brain doesn’t exist on its own. It’s part of your body, and if you want to hack your subconscious, you need to think about yourself as a holistic person with an interconnected brain and body.
Exercise can help your brain in many ways. It can help you learn and think more effectively. This is true for people of all ages. You can’t just sit and learn. You need to punctuate your day with physical activity. Staying active can also help to reduce stress and anxiety.