It’s absolutely amazing the power our thoughts have over our mind. It’s simple: our mind believes what we tell it. Many of us don’t comprehend the inherent power of our thoughts and feelings.
From the moment we open our eyes in the morning until we close them at the end of the day we constantly send messages to our brain that contribute to the way our day plays out.
We are the product of our thoughts
During my speaking engagements, frequently I share the number of thoughts the average person has per day. I’ve found people are genuinely astounded to learn we have approximately 50,000 thoughts per day. Many are senseless and unimportant as they quickly pass through our minds, however, we get to choose which ones we act on. It’s not surprising that our thoughts affect our focus and attention span.
Feeling thoughts and emotions physically
Each time a thought occurs, our brain produces chemicals that trigger reactions that we feel throughout our body. Normally we don’t realize how much they command our feelings because we’re continuously thinking in the same manner we breathe. When our emotions overwhelm us, our thoughts can turn the heat up or down, which has an effect on how we manage our emotions.
Achieving that work-life balance
We live in an age where a focus on being positive, balanced, and healthy emotionally and physically is at the forefront of most people’s minds. Many workplaces see the vital need to decrease stress and create a culture that lends itself to promote a much needed work-life balance. At the same time that we have all of these positive reinforcements, there is still no shortage of negative influences. With some practice we can learn techniques to reduce the number of thoughts our mind ponders daily.
5 simple techniques to reduce your thoughts:
- Practice mindfulness - focus on the present.
- Meditate to help you focus and slow your stream of thoughts.
- Use a mantra – repeat a word or thought to calm your mind.
- Write things down to remove them from your thoughts and visit them later.
- Take time to breathe to calm yourself.