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"Change Your Brain"
Deep Limbic System Prescriptions
Dr. Daniel Amen
Healing the brain requires healing moment-to-moment thought patterns. Unfortunately there is no formal place where we are taught to think much about our thoughts or to challenge the notions that go through our head even though our thoughts are always with us.
Most people do not understand how important thoughts are and leave the development of thought patterns to chance. Did you know that every thought you have sends electrical signals throughout your brain? Thoughts have actual physical properties. They are real. They have significant influence over every cell in your body. When your mind is burdened with many negative thoughts it effects your deep limbic system and causes limbic problems: irritability, moodiness, depression, etc.
Teaching yourself to control and direct thoughts in a positive way is one of the most effective ways to feel better.
Here are the actual step by step teaching principles that I use in my psychotherapy practice:
Realize thoughts are real.
• You have a thought
• Your brain releases chemicals
• An electrical transmission goes across the brain
• You become aware of what you are thinking
Thoughts are real, and they have a real impact on how you feel and how you behave.
Notice How Negative Thoughts Affect Your Body.
Every time you have an angry thought, an unkind thought, or a cranky thought, your body releases chemicals that make your body feel bad (and activate your limbic system). Think about the last time you were mad. How did your body feel? When most people are angry, their muscles become tense, their hearts beat faster, their hands become sweaty, and they may even begin to feel dizzy. Your body reacts to every negative thought you have.
Notice how positive thoughts affect your body.
Every time you have a good thought, a happy thought, a hopeful thought or a kind thought, your brain releases chemicals to make your body feel good (and cools your limbic system) Think about the last time you had a happy thought. How did your body feel? When most people are happy, their muscles relax, their hearts beat more slowly, their hands become dry, and they breathe more slowly. Your body also reacts to your good thoughts.
Back to Stephanie at Work Stress Solutions: Compelling information that makes "positive thinking" not just a nice thing to do. But now what? Want more ways to train you brain and control your thoughts? Thought so! Here ya go:
Tips on Work Stress Solutions for Changing Your Brain
•Byron Katie’s The Work
•Emotional Freedom Technique
•Mind Aerobic/Binaural Beats
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