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How To Maintain Good Mental Health

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For several decades, now, researchers all over the world have asserted that our mental health affects the body. Negative thoughts and a negative attitude leads to us feeling low, our heads fall, our shoulders sag, and our breathing becomes shallow. In fact, it has been conclusively proved that negative moods trigger of a whole chain of physio-biological reactions, which are designed to make us feel this way. On the other hand, positive thoughts and positive attitudes make us feel good, our heads face up, we tend to look up, stand taller, breather deeper and fuller.

So, you see the body is directly affected by our mental health. But, consider this: Recent research reveals that our body also has the capability of affecting our mind. The way you carry yourself, the way you walk, the way you talk, and the way you project your physical self, to a fairly large extent, affects your attitude and mental health. If you are always standing tall, chest out, breathing deeply, chances are that you are projecting a positive outlook. On the other hand, if your shoulders are dropped, and you have couched back, you’re probably passing through a rather dull phase.

An interesting, and potentially very powerful cor orally of this is that we have control over our emotions through our bodily actions and postures. Hence, if we want to feel good or positive, all we have to do is change our body posture. Though it may vary slightly from person to person, the overall ingredients (of the key to a positive frame of mind) are more or less the same. Head high, shoulders back and broad, deep breathing, chest out, and of course the all important smile. As Anthony Robbins put it, “Motion creates Emotion.” The way we move changes the way we think, feel and behave. From the smallest movement of a facial muscle to a rigorous workout, all affect our emotions.

Even the simple action of smiling can make an enormous difference in your mental state. Extensive research in this area proves that the act of smiling sets off a biological reaction that has effects in all parts of our body. It stimulates the heart and the lungs. It increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. The body’s excretory organs function more smoothly, clearing the body of harmful toxins. Imagine such a simple act having such far-reaching consequences. In fact, many doctors are of the opinion, that fifteen minutes of light laughter, on a daily basis, can increase your life-span by about 5-10 years!

The point is that nothing happens by chance. We’ve all been created in a very scientific manner. Every gesture, every movement in the body has some purpose. Some cause us to feel miserable, doubt our abilities, and curse our luck. Others cause us to feel good, optimistic and positive about life. We’ve got to choose the ones we desire.

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The Power of Questions

Another way of affecting your emotional state is by changing your focus. This can be achieved very easily through asking questions. In fact, this is something we all do, all the time. We are constantly asking questions to ourselves. However, it’s the type of question that makes the difference. You may constantly ask yourself questions like, “Why do I always get late?”, or “Why does it always happen to me?” or “How can I feel so horrible?”, and chances are that you will indeed feel horrible. The trouble with these questions is that they focus your mind and attention on what’s not good. We all have good and bad happening around us. But we can choose which among these do we pay attention to. If we pay attention to all our failures, all our embarrassments, we can’t help but feel down, rejected and disappointed. And this is what the above questions do.

On the other hand, concentrate on a question like, “What’s great about this?”, and your mind will immediately give you the answer. It will dig into all the details of the circumstance that faces you, and provide you with something that is truly great, something that can make you feel truly great.

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Asking the right questions can also help you solve minor day-to-day problems. When faced with a problem or an irritation, instead of dwelling upon questions like, “Why is life so unfair?” or “Why don’t my plans ever work out?”, ask yourself the following questions:

1. What’s great about this problem?

2. What is not perfect yet?

3. What am I willing to do to make it the way I want it?

4. What am I no longer willing to do to make it the way I want it?

5. How can I enjoy the process while I do what is necessary to make it the

way I want it?

Use these questions and you’ll immediately change your outlook towards the problem you were facing. This also creates a positive habit which maintains our mental health.

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How Do You Stop Negative Thinking (Very Easy)

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We all have negative thoughts and want to avoid them. Worries are born out of these thought patterns. This later develops into anxiety. So how do we stop negative thinking.

We lose our sleep or start having palpitations of the heart. These are the physical manifestations of our negative thinking. If this is not managed then it leads to panic attacks. Life seems to go out of control. So then we land into depression as we feel helpless. We started with having negative thoughts and see where we ended up. Due to the constant release of the stress hormone cortisol we are in confusion and unable to think straight. This is a vicious cycle.

We struggle with negative thinking because we have no idea where they are coming from. You get this question from people all the time. Here we have to understand that there is a positive intention of the mind behind this negative thinking. The mind is drawing your attention towards something to resolve it. The intention of the subconscious mind is to give you what you want and keep you away from threats. This negative thought is perceived as a threat. If you are getting negative thoughts about doing something new then the mind wants you to take necessary measures before doing it. If you take some satisfactory measures or go over the plan one more time the issue is resolved. Now this seems to be a good thing. So where does it go all wrong.

Everything that the mind perceives as a threat and produces negative thoughts related to it may not be the truth. It may be baseless. But the thoughts will not stop until they are resolved. So what can we do if that is the case. In your house you will have empty bottle, jar or maybe a box.. Label it as negative thoughts. Now you have a negative thought. You have no idea why it is coming. No problem, just write it down. Don’t miss anything out. Then put it in the jar. Then think of a positive thought. Another thought comes. You do the same thing. After a week open the jar and read all that you have written. You will find interestingly that most thoughts went away. This is because you have addressed the issue.

If you see a stranger in your neighbourhood that seems like a danger you will warn the people. That is the appropriate step. Similarly you have taken the appropriate step. When you try to stop these negative thoughts forcefully, the mind thinks it is failing to draw your attention to it. Then it really presses the accelerator. But once you have taken note of it and taken action the mind is satisfied. Slowly and steadily you will experience a decease in negative thinking.

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Here you have to differentiate between negative thoughts that bring attention to something that is really important and must be looked at or it is baseless.

If the problem arises in the mind then the solution is in the mind.

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Using NLP To Remove Negative Emotions (Very Impressive)

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Negative emotions are generated from bad experiences. They tend to remain with us withholding us to move forward. They can cause you to be sad and miserable. They can increase stress and anxiety. NLP is a very simple and effective tool to handle negative emotions in a healthy way.

Sit comfortably in a chair and close your eyes. Think of that negative emotion. Now, see where you feel it in your body.

Feel the sensation in your body. See in what direction it is spinning if it is moving at all.

Make that movement with your hands in front of you. Try to see what color that feeling has.

Now increase the speed of the movement.

Now remove that feeling and place it out of your body in front of you and keep on making the movement with your hands.

Now reverse the direction of movement. Then change the color to sky blue.

So now it is moving in the opposite direction and it is sky blue. Keep on doing it. Now place it back inside the body.

Keep it moving in the opposite direction with sky blue color. Keep making the movement with your hands.

Now remember a time when you were laughing. Remember that happy feeling.

Now stop the movement with your hands and just feel that feeling of happiness and joy.

Let that feeling get stronger inside your body. Let that happy feeling spread throughout your body.

Now take a deep breath and out through your mouth releasing all the stress and tension from your body.

Now slowly open your eyes. You could feel a bit lost but that is okay.

Now try to remember that negative emotion and you will see that you will actually laugh. The more you try to remember the more you will laugh. The more you try the more you will laugh.

This technique can be applied on anyone. Individual results may vary but it is still effective.

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