WORK-LIFE BALANCE / FEB. 16, 2015
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How to Control Your Thoughts by Controlling your Mind

In the words of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, “I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind”. But how free is our mind, really? It’s our mind; we have full control, don’t we? It seems not. We don’t want to feel fear, anxiety or worry, but our mind is almost trained to make us feel this way. It is automatically cautious, for our own benefit. But while the brain is keeping us safe, it is also causing us stress in our daily lives.

Ever heard of the saying “I think. Therefore, I am”? People tend to worry about this and with that worry comes more thoughts darting through their minds to try to counteract any negative thoughts they have. It is chaos up in there – simply put, your mind needs controlling if you want to live a healthy, positive and stress-free life.

Top tips on how to control your thoughts

Thankfully, thoughts can be controlled with techniques that are overlooked by busy people and those with little patience. Let’s take a look at some of the common tips for mind control…

Meditation

This is the perfect way to gain control over your thoughts. The whole focus of meditation is to zone in on your inner peace, focus every ounce of your attention on one particular positive energy and to energise your mind, body and soul in a calming way. The internal and external benefits of meditation make it one of the best methods of controlling your thoughts.

Breathing Exercises

If meditation is not your thing or you simply need another technique that you can practice when in public, then breathing exercises is the next most appropriate choice. Whether you are at work or in a social setting, your thoughts can run away with you and so it is important to remain calm and collected at all costs. Breathing in through your nose and exhaling through your mouth in long, drawn-out deep breaths is key.

The Little Reminder

Wear a piece of string around your wrist, put an elastic band around your finger or do something that when you look at this item your mind clears and you focus on one happy, positive thought. Some people find that the exercise of patting their stomach or applying light pressure to their palm with their thumb can help to calm them and clear their mind.

The whole purpose of mind control techniques is to help you control thoughts that you do not want clouding your decisions. The more control you have over your thoughts, the more in control of your life you will be.

For more information on controlling your thoughts, check out the advice given in the video by David Rowicz from MindCleanup. He talks about the best ways to control your mind and helps you to understand in greater depth how you can do so with simple but effective mind control techniques.

What did you think about this video? Do you think it will help you to control the thoughts you have? Let us know in the comments section below.

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