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5 Key Steps to a Healthy Mind

I have spent many years working on my health and my happiness. I learned early on how my thoughts and my mind can affect every experience I have. Therefore I began researching and learning about the health of my mind and how I could use my mind to benefit my life and my overall happiness. I figured there are enough obstacles to deal with out there in the big world and I didn’t want to be sabotaging myself from within.

There are several different factors that affect health and happiness including nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, stress, family and career. However the one big factor that in my experience often gets overlooked is the health of the mind. It seemed to me that in order to create and maintain a healthy and happy life the work must begin with the mind.

Your thoughts are extremely powerful and can control all aspects of your life including your health. The majority of people are only partially aware of the thoughts that go through their head.

What are You Thinking?

I can honestly say that back in the day I was only vaguely aware of all the jumble of thoughts that passed through my head. I wasn’t even remotely aware of how those thoughts could be affecting my reality and my feelings. To actually focus and be aware of each and every thought form that you think can be exhausting and not to mention a little scary as well.

Thoughts can become habitual and many people have been conditioned from a very early age to have negative thought patterns. Those negative thought patterns get stuck within the subconscious mind and can literally shape who you are and how you react to your environment. The good news is that habits are meant to be broken and it is very possible to take control of your thoughts and make them work for you as opposed to working against you.

I can remember the day several years ago when I decided that I would take note of my thoughts and feel how they were affecting me. At the end of the day I clearly remember thinking “Oh boy, I have some major work to do here!”

With that realization my journey began in taking the proper steps to create a healthy mind with the hopes of creating a far healthier and happier life.

Below are five key steps that have shown to help change your thoughts patterns, increase the health of your mind as well as create a more balanced and positive outlook on life.

1. Create the Intention

Changing negative habits and creating new positive habits is a fairly simple process but not an easy process and takes a commitment. It is important that you make the decision and be clear about your intention in order to create change.

Think it and write it down as well as say it out loud. In this way you are making a commitment to yourself to do what it takes to accomplish your goal and create a healthier mind state.

2. Be Conscious of Your Thoughts

As mentioned before thoughts are habitual and it can be quite difficult at first to consciously be aware of every thought that passes through your head. Before you change them for the better you must be aware of exactly what you are thinking.

Make it a priority to take notice of what thoughts pass through your head as you go about your day. Take note of what thoughts come up as you are dealing with different people and situations. Be careful not to judge your thoughts, for now simply be aware of them.

3. Make the Switch

Now that you are aware of your thinking patterns you can then begin to change them. We all have the capability to choose what we think and you have the power to change a negative thought into a positive.

When you notice a negative or non-affirming thought in your head consciously decide to change it. Do not worry if at first you do not believe your new positive thought as overtime that will change. By switching your negative thought to a positive each and every time you will eventually create new thought patterns and habits. You will also be creating a positive energy within yourself as opposed to a negative.

This method is simple yet not easy, but it works very well. It is a matter of sticking with it one hundred percent of the time. After a period of time your negative thought patterns will no longer have the power to affect or limit any aspect of your life including your emotions. Your new positive thought patterns will send out a different energy and create a more positive way of being which will in turn attract new positive energy within your life.

Over time with practice you will notice that when a negative thought pops up you will habitually switch it immediately to a positive. Then before you know it the negativity will be gone and it will be replaced with a positive and self-affirming way of being.

4. Positive Brain Frequencies

Once you have begun to practice the first three steps you can also begin to work directly with your brain frequencies. The brain is constantly emitting very specific frequency waves that influence how you feel and act. You can work with your brainwaves through meditation or by using an external stimulus such as brainwave audios.

By meditating or using brainwave audios such as binaural beats you are able to bypass the conscious mind and work directly with the subconscious mind. In this way you can make huge progress by tuning the brain to a specific frequency that helps with stress, anxiety and overall well being. If you combine these methods with affirmations you may notice your thought patterns and energy changing for the positive at a far quicker rate.

5. Take Time to Enjoy

Practicing positive thinking does not mean that you will never again have a negative thought. However it does mean that you will have the conscious awareness to change the negative to a positive and allow that positive energy to shape your life as opposed to being influenced by the negative.

Once you have made these changes and adopted this new healthier mind state it is up to you to get out there and enjoy life. Take little steps to do more of what you enjoy and be proud of the fact that you have given your mind the attention it needs in order to create the healthy life you deserve to enjoy.

 

Renae Mac has spent years practicing the art of positive thinking and has a passion for researching and writing about how the mind and body are interconnected. She blogs regularly about working with the brainwave frequencies of the mind at Binaural Beats Online.

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  • Champ

    Dear Renae ! Liked the post and the way you have explained. Currently I am in transition stage from Thinking Negative to Positive , you may ask how ?
    I used to think more of negative in life but lately trying to reduce it by reading books / blogs etc. Recently I have resigned from job but this time I was not so worried as before since I told my self that this must be for good reason and may be I need break to decide what can I study more to get better job instead of thinking why I have been told to resign etc…
    So now I am not allowing (trying best)negative thoughts and telling myself before I go to sleep like I am fine , I can survive without job for next few months , I will prepare myself for interview , I will do workout and keep myself fit….

    Champ

  • http://hanofharmony.com The Vizier

    Hi Renae,

    A healthy mind is necessary for a healthy and happy life. After all, the way we think and perceive the world affects our choices and actions. I love the 5 key steps you have listed to increase the health of our minds. They are all powerful and will make major changes in our lives if we apply them. The following stand out most for me.

    2. Be Conscious of Your Thoughts

    If we are not aware of something, there is no way to take action and change it. This is especially so when it comes to our thoughts. Because our thinking is so ingrained, it can be hard to detach ourselves. But with practice it is possible to do so and in the process root out negative and ineffective thinking. This has made all the difference in my life.

    3. Make the Switch

    Making the switch from negative to positive thinking is not easy at first. It will require effort to overcome our inertia. But again, with practice it can be done and becomes easier as time passes. I think it helps to come up with 5 positive ways to look at or deal with each negative thought we have. By doing so, we gain practice in changing our perception of life and this is a key way to deal with issues and problems.

    Finally, I just want to add how important nourishment is to a healthy mind. By nourishment I mean mental nourishment. We must pay careful attention to the things that we read, watch and listen to because all these factors can influence the health of our minds.

    Thank you for sharing this lovely article! :)

    Irving the Vizier

  • http://ThePowerToLive.com Connie Lee

    Renae,

    So true, so true.

    Our thoughts are more powerful than we give them credit, which is wonderful when those thougths are working FOR us, not so much when they’re working against us.

    I wrote a post for my blog about how what we think drives what we receive. You can find it @ http://thepowertolive.com/378/you-are-what-you-think/

    Thanks for your great reminders to be more mind-ful!

    Connie

  • http://thebooksthatchangedmylife.com marc van der Linden

    Renae,

    These are great points. For me the ‘switch’ is the most difficult part to do: if I already have a negative thought, I cannot change it anymore. I only can assure that the next one will be a positive thought. First I say “Thank you for sharing” to myself and ask myself what is positive about the thought. Sometimes it works, sometimes it is not. I wonder how you do it?

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Donna Johnstone

    I have been into self growth, improvement for many years even have several degrees but I am still human the sub-concsious is so strong and in every part of our body. Our cells talk to each other all the time we must be careful what we are saying because they are listening.
    FEAR, it so large in these human brains and it is not all our fault. The Amygdala gets the fear before the concsious cortex even has a clue. The body kicks in saying FEAR get ready to defend self. It is a good thing to protect us from so much but it can get so overactive that is all the signals it is sending by the time our concsious thought can calm us down saying everything is alright we are a wreck.
    What I have questions and passion for is how to stop excuse me we can not stop but how can we control this reaction? To where we can live a happy life?
    Does anyone else know? I am sure affirmations and all the postive thought teachings apply but it goes deeper than that. Would really like some feedback on this subject?
    DJ

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    I am trying to forever NOT think of negative thoughts and of course replace them with positive ones. If one thinks positive but allow negative thoughts in at the same time, then they neutralize each other. You have to get rid of the negative thoughts first and then invite the positive thoughts in.

    It’s harder than anything (at least for me), but I have noticed that it does work to a degree. Now to get the rest of the negative thinking out of my life…

    :)

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  • http://tonsofguides.net/language Joe Lingo

    Well said! But I’d also like to add that while it’s good to create a positive mindset, that in itself will not achieve anything. It’s more effective to channel that positivity into doing something that you enjoy doing and that is also productive at the same time, for instance, going to learn a language.

  • sandeep

    Hi Renae, thanks for lighting me.

  • http://www.selfdevelopmentthoughts.com Sajith

    Hi Renae,
    Great tips. In my experience the 1st step is the recognition that we need to change our thoughts and also that change is, in fact possible. A number of people float through life not because they do not want to change..but because they just don’t know how. They try a few things for some time but give up too quickly before the core change can take place.

  • http://www.successatreach.com Nabil Gulamani

    Renae,

    Great points you made above..Many people are unconscious of their thinking patterns and frequently get into negative thinking patterns…..If we simply be the observer of our thoughts we can catch our toxic thinking patterns and be aware of them…

    Thanks for the post..

    Cheers,
    Nabil

  • http://thenegativepolarity.com jonel

    i strongly agree on the part where you said that “many people have been conditioned from a very early age to have negative thought patterns.” i believe that i am one. heck i myself am even surprised sometimes about how and where i’m getting all the stuff i write at my own blog! anyways, thank you so much for the tips and keep it coming. im most interested in number four because it’s quite new to me. i didn’t know those brainwave things actually worked. thanks for the post renae and keep writing great articles!

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    I still think writing is the best way to train the mind and the body and change beliefs. It’s totally changed my life…being a writer, of course I’d say that. But I suggest it for anyone. Find someone who you really admire, read things they’ve written and rewrite their writing by hand. Do it for 90 days, you’ll see a noticeable change, I guarantee it

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    Very Informative – Great Work.

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    We are thankful to you as it takes a long for you to know the reasons or these 5 keys to build a mind healthy, now i am so excited to see its impact on me!!

  • kashyap

    adding one more point Meditation. that gives inner peace, balance & harmony in life. you can feel complete even without having much materialistic gain if you are regularly doing meditation. through meditation our inner beauty, intelligence shines  out. We can live life in effortless way. http://24x7meditation.blogspot.com/ 

  • http://javabynataraj.blogspot.com/ Mdhar

    Hi Mac, i found a link error at the end of the article. “Binaural Beats Online ” this word link not working. you can correct this..

    Fantastic Five points..Really Good.

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    I am so excited to learn about the 5 key steps that are essential for a healthy mind.

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  • Ben Mead @www.drbenjmead.co.uk

    Renae, I think your comments are really valid. More and more psychological therapies are showing that writing down our thoughts can be of benefit. However, what recent research is showing is that it is more about how we engage with our thoughts. Our brains come up with some bizarre thoughts at times, and when we engage with the negative ones this can make us feel low. Therefore, the idea is that we try to accept and be compassionate to our negative internal dialogue. Also, to step back from them and just notice them – utilising our enviroment around us to do this, and recognise that whilst we can have this internal chatter, there is so much more around us than that.

  • http://bebrainfit.com/ Deane Alban

    Renae, I’m interested in learning more about your binaural beats but the link to your blog doesn’t work. I thought you’d want to know!