We are all worried and concerned for our physical health. Even though many of us fail to exercise regularly, we still keep an eye on the physical health issues. Though physical health is also a vastly neglected area of our lives, we still think about it once in a while. We diet, join yoga, go for walks or think of doing them all. But how many of us have actually spared such thoughts to our mental health?
Just like physical health, our minds need a stress busting activity and ‘muscle’ building activities too. From our waking moment till the time we get back into bed, our mind is nearly ceaseless in activity. Honestly, most of our thoughts are worthless thoughts like worry, fantasy, repeating thoughts, and random thoughts triggered by various sights and sounds around us. To understand this, just spend a few days minutely recording your thoughts in a journal. You will be very surprised to observe what you think. In fact, a lot of physical stress we experience during a day is due to our mind’s worried thinking. If this activity can be reduced, we will find a huge change in our physical energy levels as well as mental clarity.
Unlike the body, which can demand a lot of maintenance activity, a mind needs simple activities to keep it stress free. The simplest is meditation but sometimes we find the simplest being the toughest. A lot of us would have indeed tried many meditation techniques only to give them up because we found it so difficult to control our thoughts. Only when we want to focus single-mindedly on something that we find all the thoughts in the world flooding our heads.
The truth is if we can manage to prevent our minds from excessive and unnecessary thinking that in itself can make us sharper and stress-free. There are also other techniques to keep our minds healthy and stress free.
First Impressions Matter
If you watch your thoughts keenly, you will also notice that the first thoughts and moods that you have in the day usually set a kind of a ‘trend’ for the day. If you chose to be angry first thing in the morning, you seem to attract anger over and over across the day. Likewise, peaceful thoughts during the morning lead to a relatively peaceful day. It is like you choose a set of mental goggles in the morning and the rest of the day’s experiences filter through those glasses. The most important periods in the morning are the moments you spend in bed immediately after waking up, then your time in the toilet. These are the times when you are mostly in your own world.
In the next article, I will tell you how you can manage to set the best impressions for the day as well as a simple meditation technique that you can do easily.
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