Far too often we allow the uncontrollable to inevitably control us. To control our thoughts, our actions, and our reactions. To allow for current circumstances and our surroundings to dictate our emotions is making one of the boldest statements of all. Let me explain.
To sit back and let life wash over you “the way it may” and chalk it up to happenstance so you do not have to choose is ultimately the grandest choice of all. When in fact the only thing we have complete and consistent control over is our thoughts, attitude, and actions. Our cognitive awareness and mental stability play a prominent role in the quality of our lives and functionality of our health in general.
So how does it work? How does one maintain a positive attitude and conscious awareness in the midst of chaos?
By paying attention.
It really is that simple. The human mind can have upwards of 60,000 thoughts per day. That’s a daunting task to try to mitigate and control every single one, so instead, just pay attention to how you’re feeling during the day. The thoughts you are giving attention directly effects your emotions set point. If you’re feeling anxious, scared, or stressed, then the predominance of your thoughts must be negative or worrisome in nature.
The shift can be relatively simple in theory. Instead of a thought about sickness, choose a happy thought about being outside on a picnic with your family. Choose a happy memory or create one completely from scratch in your minds eye. You’ll notice you may even smile. This is the beginning of your emotional shift. You can’t go from sad to happy instantly – that would be inaccurate. But instead slowly progress to more positive thoughts so that the majority are happy in nature.
Be attentive to the information you absorb.
So often we find ourselves glued in front of the television mindlessly soaking in all the devastating news seemingly encompassing the world. This will absolutely have an impact on your mental state and cognitive awareness.
If you are constantly looking at, engaging in, and expecting negative events, then rest assured, you will absolutely witness more negative interactions on a comprehensive scale.
The power of positivity is very much a real thing. This does not mean to bury your head in the sand and ignore all the bad things that do in fact occur on a daily basis. No, but instead notice them enough to be informed and then choose to believe that hate and cruelty are out of your control. Stressing about these things are counter-intuitive and pointless. Focus on only what you have control over. Your mind, your health, the food you choose to fuel your body with, your family’s well being, and hard work.
Gentle shifts encouraging minor increases in your daily output and productivity can heed wonders of progressive adaptation one year from now.
How do you choose to live?
We discuss this periodically here at Proactive Wellness Centers – how making a choice to live healthy and truly engaged are vital to the longevity and quality of your life and even those around you. Do you make the conscious choice to move your body daily at least 30 minutes a day? Do you choose to take the time to cook your food at home instead of swinging through the drive thru on your way home from work?
Convenience is hardly ever synonymous with accuracy.
Set goals, make plans, and track your results. When your body is healthy, your mind can be. Or when you begin with your mind, you’ll also begin to make the necessary adjustments to have your body line up with your new mental clarity. You cannot have a sick mind and a healthy body, just like you can’t have a sick body and a healthy mind. We are meant to be in sync with ourselves both mentally and physically.
Obviously, there are unwarranted health circumstances that can negatively impact your overall morale and general wellbeing. The result remains – how with that affect your emotional intelligence, your cognitive awareness, and ultimately your attitude and response to your current circumstances.
Remember, your attitude is the only thing you have complete control over.
The only way to control your world, is to control your mind. Try shifting some of your thoughts today to a more intentional and positive scenario. Just start with one and add on from there. Remember, slow and steady allows for you to maintain motivation and focus without burning out or losing interest in where your intentions were previously set.
If you would like to discuss some mental clarity and overall health techniques, please feel free to reach out to us at any time. We look forward to speaking with you.