At different times of the day, you will encounter challenges, moments where things are more difficult than usual. Hopefully these troublesome times are outliers, anomalies to your otherwise happy day.
When they do hit, these challenges can invoke a range of emotions.
Feelings and emotions have a powerful impact on the world around us, and on our bodies. A quick reference to that would be the often documented effects that stress have on humans.
Our emotions are unbridled, raw energy that can spring up at any moment, especially when triggered. Knowing this, and realizing that feelings have such a strong impact on so many different things, it is critical that we learn how to control them.
The human mind is much different than emotions. It is calculating, thoughtful, and more like an extremely powerful computer. There is something else that the mind does as well. The brain is the guidance system for human actions and human emotions.
One of the biggest differences between humans and animals is our ability to use the mind to take away instinctual reactions to things. When we stub our toe on the ottoman, we don’t have to pick up our laptop and throw it through the window, a reaction that would cause us to lose both our laptop, and a window.
Our brains know this, and can change the reaction because the mind is a guidance system. This is why it is imperative to get your mind right.
Instead of drifting along through your day and hoping that you will be able to handle whatever life throws at you, wouldn’t it be better if you were a little more proactive? What does that mean? And how do we get proactive about stuff we don’t know is going to happen?
A friend of mine regularly posts pictures of her lake house on one of her social media accounts. The pictures are so peaceful and always bring a smile to my face. I find that the images she posts are much more powerful than just some picture she took at a moment of artistic inspiration.
One of the first things I think about almost every single morning is the image of my friend’s lake house. I imagine the serene beauty of the perfectly still lake, the warm sun beating down on my skin, the smell of the pine trees, the gentle breeze rolling over my face, and the gentle rustle of the leaves.
Sounds calming, doesn’t it?
Well, it is. And that’s exactly why I imagine that scene. By putting my imagination in that picture, I can almost feel like I’m really there. When I feel the relaxing feeling of being on the shore of that lake, my heart and mind become much more calm.
Just so you know, starting off your day in a calmer state is great for eliminating stressful situations before they arise. I often encounter events that could be extremely stressful, but if I start off my day with the simple exercise of imagining a peaceful place, I am better equipped to handle whatever life throws at me.
How can you start your day a little better?
I recommend not turning on the television at first, perhaps not checking your social media, and reduce the amount of clutter coming into your mind. Let yourself go through some thoughtful imagination and focus on things that will calm you. Maybe there’s a picture you can look at that will bring about peaceful feelings, but it doesn’t have to just be images. Certain smells textures can also bring about the same kinds of good emotions.
Give it a try. Maybe you have a tense week ahead. I know I do. But I also know that I can make it better with a few simple tweaks.
What are some things you do to get your mind right? If you have some, or would just like to share a comment below, go for it!