One of the things I love the most about the IPad I won at a SITS Girls event last spring is that I can download books on it from my library. I am not a person who re-reads books so I try to only borrow them from the library. Having the IPad makes that much easier, but that’s not why I love it. I love it because I can download audio books. I am “reading” so much more now.
Right now I am
reading listening too the book Change Your Brain Change Your Body by Daniel G Amen. This book is all about brain health and how it impacts our bodies. It covers how head trauma, our diets, supplements, sleep or lack thereof, sex life, and exercise impacts how our brains and therefore the rest of our bodies work. All of that info is important, but the part that I am paying super close attention to is how our actual thoughts impact our brain and body.
It’s funny our thoughts take place in our brains but our thoughts also impact our brains. The book gives some examples of studies where people were made to believe they had received procedures to decrease pain and had raised levels of natural pain reducing hormones in thier bodies even when no procedures were actually done. So positive beliefs can actually bring about positive change in our bodies. Likewise believing something negative can bring about negative change in our bodies. That is why positive thinking and NO NEGATIVE SELF TALK is so important.
The book covers 9 different types of Negative thinking that we should steer clear of. Here goes:
1. All or Nothing Thinking – This is where your thoughts are black and white when really life is many shades of gray. An example of this would be when you eat a donut for breakfast and think, oh well, I’ve gone of my healthy eating plan so I might as well have junk food for lunch, hit the vending machine for a snack and order takeout for dinner. All or Nothing Thinking makes you give up on too soon. Either you are eating healthy or definitely not. Instead a better way to approach it would be to say I may have gone off plan but I can get back on.
2. Always Thinking – Always Thinking is when you speak in absolutes using words like never, always, and every time. An example would be a thought like every time I try to go to bed early something goes wrong. Always Thinking is not accurate (it is not realistic that something goes wrong every time) and makes you feel powerless. If you are powerless, why would you even try.