How to Reprogram Your Brain - 6 Ways
Thanks to thought leaders such as Dr Bruce Lipton and Dr Joe Dispenza as well as the increasing popularity of Eastern philosophy, you might be wondering how to reprogram your brain so you too can consciously live out your life’s purpose at your highest potential. Statements such as ‘fake it ‘til you make it’ has mostly become a cliche. While the heart of it is correct, it falls short on instruction. In modern day neuro-plasticity it’s not so much faking it as it is about believing in yourself and trusting in your abilities. Some might go so far as to say - it’s about seeing your future. Once you can create a picture of your future, and the version of yourself you want to be - you are then participating in reprogramming your brain to behave as as successful person, and not the person who feels stuck in a rut, like you may feel on this day. So if you’re wondering how to reprogram your brain, read on as we will lay out some practical tools you can use to start believing in yourself, so you too can change your life.
As was stated before, seeing your future self is important. Many successful people say they could see how their life went even before they were actually there. They could feel what it was like to have the job, the relationship and the success they wanted before it had actually happened. Visualizations, through the process of third-eye imagery or visual imagery, are a technique for creating images, diagrams, or animations to communicate a message to oneself. You can be guided or unguided in creating a purposeful, waking dream. Research shows that guided visualizations can improve self-reported physical and mental well-being in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Unguided visualization is often called creative visualization during which you allow your mind to wander to amazing possibilities for your future.
Originally from Hinduism and Buddhism, a mantra is a sacred, healing word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation to help induce an altered state of consciousness. Mantras have been used for thousands of years for different purposes such as an affirmation to motivate and inspire you to be your best self, to provide motivation and encouragement to you when you need to focus in achieving a goal. The simplest form of a mantra is the sound Om. Research shows significant deactivation was observed in bilateral areas of the brain such as orbitofrontal, anterior cingulate, parahippocampal gyri, thalami and hippocampi during OM chanting, stimulating vagus nerve and reducing depression. Your mantra can act as your personal slogan or philosophy - you can create it from your own experience, use the word Om or borrow one of millions on the internet.
In New Age terminology an affirmation refers primarily to the practice of declaring a positive thought, intention for self-empowerment. It is based on the concept that a “positive mental attitude supported by affirmations will achieve success in anything." Founder of Hay House Books, and late guru, Louise Hay popularized affirmations in her books, cards and calendars. Here are her purposed 101 best. Research shows that positive affirmations allow at-risk individuals to produce more activity in the prefrontal cortex during exposure to health messages thereby increasing activity levels via behavior change. Create an I am statement - such I am wise, I am loving, I am successful, I am confident etc.
Meditation is an ancient practice where an individual trains awareness to achieve mental clarity, calm emotions or stable state of mind by focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity such as breathing, counting or mantras. Meditation is often referred to as clearing the mind, but the busy mind cannot be cleared, one must replace it with an activity that distracts the busy mind into being calm. While much research shows the benefits of meditation for mood and anxiety disorders, research also shows that a specific types of meditation could help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease risk by enhancing memory, improving sleep, decreasing depression, increasing well-being, down regulating inflammatory genes, upregulating immune system genes, improving insulin and glucose metabolism, and increasing telomerase by 43%; the largest ever recorded. Start by listening to Enya, or Bach, and breathing in for a count of 4 through your nose, hold for a count of 4 and out for a count of 4. Repeat.
Mindfulness is the purposeful act of creating awareness in one’s thoughts, feelings and actions. In psychology, it is believed that thoughts trigger emotions which trigger behaviors. When a person is unaware of the chain reaction, they may be unaware as to why they are behaving or feeling bad. Mindfulness is a process of bringing one's attention to the present moment, as opposed to the past or future, where many of us reside. One can develop Mindfulness through the practice of meditation and through other training suggested here. Research shows that mindfulness brings about various positive psychological effects, including increased subjective well-being, reduced psychological symptoms and emotional reactivity, and improved behavioral regulation. Journaling is a great way to become more mindful of your choices.
Also referred to as hypnotherapy, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Many people experience hypnosis with the help of a therapist who uses verbal repetition, sensory awareness and mental imagery to induce a trance-like state in which the individual experiences enhanced focus and concentration. The experience of being hypnotized is a feeling calm, relaxed, and open to suggestions that may change your thinking process for the better. Research shows that clinical hypnosis can be used to deal with a wide variety of conditions such as chronic headaches, recurrent abdominal pain, anxiety, depression, grief and bereavement, phobias, anger, family stressors and sleep disorders. Book a session for Hypotherapy with Dr. Millie
Binaural beats therapy is modern form of soundwave therapy using different frequency patterns to achieve a beneficial effect on the body and mind. During a session, which is best heard with headphones, the right and left ears listen to two slightly different frequency tones yet perceive the tone as one. Research has shown that when a person listens to binaural beats for a recommended time, their levels of cognitive arousal change such as a reduction in anxiety, and that these changes occur because the binaural beats activate specific systems within the brain. Channels such as YouTube’s Good Vibes are the best place to experiment with free binaural beats for a variety of conditions.
Enjoy supervised self-care webinars such as Undervalued Techniques in Mental Health, Unlock the Secrets to Happiness without Medications and Learn to Meditate for Winning Thoughts. If you’re struggling with your business, tune in to Rober’s Notter’s - How to Use The Power of NeuroCoaching to Get Amazing Results!!