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How Can You Improve Your Memory Using Exercise?

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Imagine this, It’s a cold winters morning and you’re laying comfy in bed. The alarm has just gone off and your gym class starts in an hour. It’s so comfy in bed you’re tempted to skip the exercise. Sound familiar?

Well here’s another scenario for you.
You’ve just finished the workout. You’re blood is pumping around your body. You feel fantastic. You’re on a high. And you’re smiling. I bet this also sounds familiar?

We are all aware of the benefits of exercise and how it makes us feel but do you know why the benefits are so great?

How you can improve your memory using your brain

The part of our brain that is responsible for long term memory is called The Hippocampus.

It is a wonderful instrument we use in our brains however, it is limited. The limitations come from the number of neurones used. However, what if we could increase the number of neurones used? What if we could increase the size of the Hippocampus and therefore see beneficial advancements in our long term memory?image of brain exercising
Well, we can. Through exercise.

Scientists only relatively recently changed their views on this aspect about the brain. Previously neuroscientists believed that the brain cells that you were born with did not change after childhood. Up until then, their research indicated that our brains were hard wired and we couldn’t do very much to change them. However, since the 1980’s neuroscience has had to change their stance. Clear evidence now shows that not only are our brains capable of changing. In fact our brains are constantly changing!

As our brains are influenced everyday, neuropathways are strengthened and weakened. Cells are also lost if we don’t need them. You see, our brains want us to be extremely streamlined. If we aren’t using something then what’s the point of having them?

Exercise has been proven to have amazing benefits on our brains, and one of them is the increase in the amount of neurones in your brain, which in turn increases the size of your Hippocampus. Not only this but exercise also insures that the neurones are supple. By ensuring that they are supple you maximise their ability to create new neuropathways. In essence what this means is that you learn new things more effectively and quicker!

If you are interested in your brains function in life you might want to read another one of my articles after this. Here is a link to an article around whether are brains are actually equipped to cope with modern day life.

What a great reason to start your day with some exercise!

Increasing your long term memory isn’t the only benefit exercise has on your brain. Have you noticed how, after exercising you feel like your mood has lifted? You feel good about yourself?

Well that’s because one of your happy hormones was working really hard whilst you were working out. During exercise our bodies produce mood boosting chemicals called Endorphins. These work in your brain to trigger positive feelings. You also release serotonin in your brain which also gives you a natural feel good feeling.

What this really means is that your body and mind are giving you a reward for exercising. There are the benefits that we’ve just spoken about. However, unless you’ve been told about this you are unlikely to know that your brain is becoming more effective as a direct result of your exercise.

What you will certainly notice is the feel good feeling that you get as your reward. Your brain producing an abundance of the feel good neurotransmitters to make you want to exercise more.

Some people prefer a brisk walk outside. Others prefer a dance around the kitchen to some favourite songs. Maybe a high intensity workout? Whatever your preference is, just get moving. Get your heart pumping and your energy levels rising. You’re going to feel happier afterwards, guaranteed. You now know that you brain gives you an instant reward for exercising. You also know that the medium and long term benefits to your body and brain are huge. So what could possibly be holding you back?

If you still need that extra bit of motivation why not allow one of my hypnosis downloads to condition your mind and give you that extra boost and motivation!?

Check out my hypnosis download for exercise motivation to get your brain and body optimised for life!

Another tip to get you exercising is to increase your happiness. Being happier is a proven way to increase your motivation for everything. Why not start your day with my 6 daily morning habits for a happier you!

Let’s give exercise and being active the importance that it deserves in your life! Here’s to a happier, more active and brainier you!

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Are Teenage Brains Different From Adult Brains?

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Are teenage brains really different from adult ones? Well, as a matter of fact, yes they are!

A fully developed adult brain can effectively make decisions, react and act according to eat situation. There are parts of the brain that work together and in doing so allow us to make rational judgements and decisions. In essence, the adult brain (when engaged correctly) is absolutely phenomenal! That 3lbs of flesh in between your ears is the most advanced object in the known universe.

However the brain of a teenager is different. Of course it is still phenomenally advanced. However, the teenage brain is not quite yet on the same level as the adult brain. And one of the main reasons for this is due to the fact that the part of the brain that controls emotions and rationale hasn’t fully developed yet.

Thats right, this part of our brains is called The Prefrontal Cortex.

The rational part of our brain, the part of our brain that makes us uniquely human. The part that is there for creativity, but it also there to rationalise actions. It is also there to give us empathy and will step in when you are making a rash judgement. As we have already said, the human brain is the most advanced object in the known universe. Well, we can also say that the prefrontal cortex is by far the most advanced part of your amazing brain.

The Prefrontal Cortex is the most advanced part of any human brain.

Now the problem that teenagers have is that this Prefrontal Cortex is the last part of the brain to fully develop. It usually develops in the latter part of teenage years or into the early twenties. Once teenagers have been through puberty the assumption is that they are fully developed and fully grown. However, this part of their brains is most often still developing.

So if the Prefrontal Cortex is still developing it means that they aren’t going to have the same rational thing as they are going to have when this part of the brain finally becomes fully developed.  It’s not there to step in and help us make rational decisions then we are thinking more with our primitive part of our brains, sometimes referred to as the Limbic System.

Why teenagers might be more susceptible to anxiety and depression

This limbic system is the part of our brain that is responsible for anxiety, anger and is known as the emotional part of our brain.

If you are a teenager that is suffering with anxiety then hang in there. Try to think on the good side of things, the positives, the solutions, what you are grateful for in life. However do also remember, this Prefrontal Cortex, the brilliant, rational part of your brain is still developing. Therefore the older you get, the closer you get to those late teenage years, early twenties, the more and more that this Prefrontal Cortex will grow. The more you will be even able to think more creatively and more rationally.

If you are a teenager you’ve got that to look forward to and if you’re a parent, reading this then use this information to start a conversation. Sit your son or daughter down and help explain to them why they may be feeling more sensitive and susceptible to anxious thoughts and reactions. Maybe get them to watch this video.

It will be helpful for them to know the Science behind their feelings and might also give them a glimmer of hope to know that this way of reacting wont last forever.

Remember to always be patient with each other.

Check out my 6 morning rituals that you can make a part of your life today.

If you’re interested in more information about how your amazing brain works here is an article that addresses the question of whether our brains are equipped to take on modern day life.

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Why Eating Excess Sugar Is Bad For Your Brain

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It is not secret that sugar is bad for our waistlines, but did you know it can have unsavoury impacts on our brains as well?

In the video above I explain how sugar affects our Neuropathways in our brain.
Neuroplasticity, is the flexibility of the brain to change, which requires our neurons to be supple. When we take in a lot of sugar, these neurons become rigid. Thus hindering any positive change or learning to take place.

Sugar is everywhere now and we are all eating too much of it. Our food is processed and sugar is added to most ingredient lists. Sometimes the name is disguised. Fructose, glucose, corn syrup and dextrose are all sugar. In fact, there are 61 different names for sugar on food labels.
No wonder we don’t realise how drastically our sugar intake has risen, and why so many of us are now hooked.

How do we know how much sugar is too much sugar?

According to the NHS adults shouldn’t consume more than 30g of added sugar per day.

When you look at a food label more than 15g of total sugar per 100g is considered a high sugar content, 5g or less per 100g of total sugars means it has a low sugar content.

Some of the bad guys and how we can defeat them:

A 12 oz can of Coca-Cola has 39g of total sugar. It’s no secret that fizzy drinks contain lots of sugar. Try instead to have water, or if you want the fizz, try some sparkling water.

Low fat Yogurt with fruit can have about 19g of sugar per pot. Instead try to find natural yoghurt or greek yogurt and add your own fruit such as raspberries, which are lower in sugar than most other fruits.

Canned soup can have up to 15g of sugar per portion. They add sugar in as a preservative so it can stay on shelves or in your cupboard for longer. Although ever so slightly more time consuming you’d be better making your own soup from scratch. This way you can also make a big batch of vegetable soup and freeze some portions for the week ahead. And you can also be sure of exactly what you’re eating.

Bread. Some types of bread can have up to 2 grams of sugar per slice. When buying bread make sure you look for varieties that have little or no added sugar.

Flavoured coffee. Some coffee houses offer some mouthwatering options for drinks, but they are loaded with sugar. Some varieties can really hike up your sugar intake. For example, a large mocha with whipped cream can contain around 73g of sugar per serving.
For a caffeine fix stick to filtered coffee or an Americano.

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6 Study Tips For Passing Your Next Exam

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Are you one of the many students that feels nervous about the thought of exams? Do you do so much revision and yet feel like you’re not retaining any information?

Below are 6 helpful tips to try the next time you have to revise for an important test.

1: Take regular breaks.

When revising, it can be very easy to feel like you need to spend all hours cramming in as much revision and knowledge as possible. This can actually be counterproductive.

The part of your brain that you use to recognise what you’ve read is called the Visual Cortex. This is responsible for being able to recognise something such as your notes. However to store information to memory and be able to recall it actually needs the help of a different part called the Frontal Lobe.

When you spend hours after hours reading over notes and taking in as much information as possible, your Visual Cortex is engaged.
This will make you feel like you know the information as your brain has seen it before but it won’t have stored it into your memory for recall when in the exam.
Taking the regular study breaks will allow your mind to process the information to memory without being overloaded with more data.

2: Eat brain food

WalnutsWe know that eating healthily is good for our bodies, but certain foods really do help us engage our brain.
Energy drinks and junk food are usually full of sugar which can lead to dips in energy and focus. Not what is needed for getting that revision cracked.
Oily fish is well known for its Omega 3 properties which are excellent sources for important nutrients for your brain health.

Broccoli is a fantastic source for vitamin K which is known to enhance cognitive function and regulate brain power which will have effects on your memory and concentration.

It’s also no coincidence that walnuts are in the shape of a human brain. They are a great source of Vitamin E which can help prevent cognitive decline.

3: Have a comfortable revision area.

Is your chair comfortable? Is there enough light coming into the room? Do you have enough space for your books and revision notes?
Get yourself sorted before you start. That way there wont be any distractions or interferences by having to tidy and organise yourself.

Seeing an organised area in front of you will also help you feel more organised within yourself. These positive thoughts will help when processing information.

4: Minimise distractions.

distractions Speaking of distractions, it’s time to turn off that phone, put away the i-Pad, turn off the TV.
You want to be fully focused on the task at hand so if you need to, pop your phone in another room so you aren’t tempted.

Immerse yourself in your notes and books. If you need to fact check something using the internet then write it down on a piece of paper and allow yourself designated time to use the internet to check.
You probably won’t find the answers to the exam question on Facebook so close that app!

5: Know the importance of sleep

You’ll want to be properly rested to revise but also for the actual exam as well.

Make sure your sleep environment is comfortable and as dark as possible.
Temperature also matters. Studies have found that keeping the room a cool temperature improves sleep.
Also try to keep your use of screen objects such as phones, laptops and TVs to a minimum before bed.  Even go without in the hour leading up to your bedtime.
Instead read a book, or take a warm bath to relax yourself and prepare your body for sleep.

6: Use hypnosis.

Often it’s not a lack of knowledge that causes you to do poorly on tests. It’s your subconscious that makes you perform poorly on your exams as you are so worried about failing that thats exactly what the brain does!

hypnosis audio free downloadThis Revision and Exam Success Hypnosis will help you to retain more information when you study and to recall it more readily during exams. It will also give you more natural motivation and focus when you are trying to study and retain that information. Hypnosis will also ready you with the techniques to remain calm and focused giving you the best chance for exam success.

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7 ways to incorporate mindfulness in everyday life

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7 ways to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday lifestyle

The word Mindfulness is everywhere. You’d be forgiven in thinking that it is a fad that will come and go, but mindfulness is actually a state of mind that is centuries of years old and can have amazing benefits in your everyday life.

The practise of mindfulness is about being fully in the moment and being aware of every experience.

Mindful coupleIs this good for us? It really is. Increasing your mindfulness can have so many benefits to our health, including being happier, more relaxed and feeling in control. It can also help to impact our memory, aid in weight loss efforts, lessen anxiety and lower stress.

So how can I use mindfulness is my every day life?

Listed below are 7 ways you can start being mindful today and start experiencing the benefits of a focused, engaged brain.

1: Shut down the computer/ television/ phone.

Technology is at our fingertips 24/7 and is a fantastic advancement to daily living. However sometimes the technological noise can be so loud that it is easy to become and feel lost amongst all the buzz.
Try turing your devices off the next time you find yourself using them for no particular reason. Once they’re switched off, close you eyes and listen. Listen to hear what you can hear around you. Allow your mind to wander and to think about what you really want to focus on. Having this time to literally switch off will give your mind and eyes the break they need to re focus the direction of your day.

2: Talking with friends or family.

Sometimes, without even realising it, we drift off into our own thoughts when talking with others.
It could be that you have a lot on your mind but not listening completely is just a waste of both of your time.
Try to make sure you are fully engaged in your conversations. Listen to what the person is truly saying, allow them to finish their sentences and engage positively with them in your responses. This will allow your personal relationships to flourish, encourage friends or family to engage with you and also give you a real sense of purpose within social relationships.

3: Take time to smell the roses

mindfulness technique Next time you are outside, stop and take a moment to really notice what is around you. The world is an astonishing place and there is so much of nature to take in. However, our busy lifestyles and busy brains can be so preoccupied with other things that we don’t notice the beauty in front of us. Sometimes being outside in nature can be one of the most powerful ways to give your mind and body what you need. Seek out your sense of wonder and and give yourself that well earned mental reboot.
Have a look out to see what you can see. Perhaps some beautiful spring flowers? Maybe some newly born lambs? Some large trees swaying in the wind? The sea glistening in the sun? Whatever it is you see and notice, breathe in the fresh air and be thankful for this wonderful planet we live on.

4: Stop Multi tasking

Multi-tasking is the art of doing lots of things all at the same time. But is it really more productive? Today try doing everything on your to do list, one at a time. Focus all your attention on one task at hand and concentrate on doing it to the best of your ability. Once you’ve finished, move onto the next.
If you relax by watching a movie, reading a book or taking a bath, then make sure other forms of distraction, such as phones or computers, are out of the way. This way you’ll be fully engaged in what you’re doing and more likely to gain more from the activity. Allow yourself to fully feel the emotions from the movie or book. Notice which emotions you are experiencing and embrace them.

5: Try a little hypnosis

The art of mindfulness mediation has been practised for many years. Mediation has been shown to be an effective tool for managing anxiety, stress levels and depression.
It can take years to perfect the art of mindfulness mediation but using hypnosis to help is a fantastic way to experience the benefits. Hypnosis will allow your mind and body to enter a truly relaxed state by quieting your mind and promoting deep relaxation. This will then guide you through mediation. Making you more aware of the present moment during the session and afterwards.
Try my Mindfulness Mediation download to experience the benefits.

6: Mindful eating.

Midfulness eatingAgain, our busy lifestyles can be to blame for our fast eating habits. Sometimes being busy means that we rush through our food to get it out of the way and onto the next task at hand.
With your next dinner be mindful of the tastes you are experiencing. The different flavours, textures and sensations. Take you time to chew your food. Being mindful of your food will allow you to notice the signs your body gives you when it is feeling full and content. Therefore, this can have a great impact on stopping the action of over eating.

7: Be mindful in the shower

Perhaps you use the time in the shower to sing your favourite show tunes? Or are you rushed in the morning to get in and get out as quickly as possible to free up the bathroom?
Well next time you take a shower, take a moment to feel how the water feels on your skin. The warm water passing over you, the smell of your shower gel and what that does to your senses. The steam rising from the water. The softness of the towel.
Taking the time to focus on this activity will really refocus your mind on what is happening and be in the ‘now.’ You’ll leave the shower feeling mentally refreshed too.

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How To Improve Your Thinking

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Let’s improve the way you think about situations

Your mind is the most valuable asset that you possess. The thoughts and images that flow through your mind influences your behavior. Positive thoughts produce positive actions. Negative thoughts produce negative actions. This is all boils down to the law of attraction.
The thoughts that dominate your brain tend to come into fruition because your mind is obsessed with them.

This is why stress is an issue that must be handled as soon as possible if it plays a major role in your life. The stress that you deal with can literally be causing you to be depressed and miserable. This is not the type of existence that anyone would want to live within.

What you need to be doing is allowing for more happiness to enter your life. The way that you do this is by acknowledging the positive things that are in your life. You may not have all that you want in life but you still have a reason to find the good in your current situation.

Increase your brain power

Being able to see another day means that you have the opportunity to change what you currently find unsatisfactory in your life. Do not have to get discouraged about the negative situations that are surrounding you. You just need to find a way to turn your current circumstances around. You having the ability to do this will depend on how well you can think.

The ability to think is not only needed for your survival, it also plays a critical role in how far you advance in life.
Therefore, if your mind is contaminated with toxic thoughts you will severely limit your ability to gain more in your life. Luckily, your thinking can be reprogrammed by doing simple activities that help increase your brain power.
When you increase your brain power you increase the control that you have over your mind. A weak mind is easily influenced. A strong mind only allows in it what gives it positive reinforcement. The following mental exercises will help you increase the strength of your brain — improving your life as a result.

1. Exercise Your Mind Regularly

mark bowden hypnosis downloadsPhysical exercise builds up the muscles in your body. You become stronger and your physical performance improves significantly compared to when your body was not being strengthened by physical activity. Mind exercises have the same affect on your brain.
The more that you put your brain through activities such as critical thinking the better it becomes at analysing situations thoroughly rather than just accepting things as is. This helps you find your way out of negative situations instead of being consumed by depressing thoughts. You become a fighter instead of allowing yourself to be a victim.

Neurologists have done the studies that prove regular exercise for the brain enhances brain functioning and improves neurogenesis. This does not mean that physical exercise is not necessary, though. Physical exercise has been linked to the formation of new brain cells, which means physical and mental exercise combine together to make your brain super powerful.

2. Improve Your Memory

A brain that is not being used regularly will soon start to lose its performing power. The saying “if you don’t use it you lose it,” definitely holds as true when it comes to your mind. One way to keep your brain active is by forcing it to memorize different information. Your brain actually becomes weak when you heavily rely on written information because you do not have good memory. This is why you must force yourself to memorize phone numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, book facts, and any other important information that increases the capacity of your mind.

When your memory starts to improve you begin to feel better about your mind’s ability to do anything. These small victories lead to you wanting to achieve bigger goals. This positive reinforcement helps you realize that you are only limited by the suppression that you place on your mind. You will then start to find more ways to challenge the power of your brain.

3. Become Curious and Possess Positive Thoughts

Everything is not always as it seems when presented. Instead of accepting perceived facts as true, challenge what has been presented by asking investigative questions. When you ask “what if” you allow a series of thoughts to run through your mind that activates the curiosity of your brain Being curious trains your brain to be innovative and develop deep ideas about how current facts could be reversed. Curiosity has led to the greatest accomplishments witnessed by man, therefore your curious mind can lead you being added to this distinguished list.

Neuroscientists have linked anxiety and stress to killing the of brain neurons. Stress also restricts new neurons from being created, therefore weakening your brain as a result. Psychologist have determined that positive thinking increases the production of new cells and works to significantly control stress and reduce anxiety. This is why you must stop allowing stress to run your life. It is nothing but negative energy that you are allowing to grow.

4. Strengthen Your Brain with a Healthy Diet

healthy food drinkThe food you eat is plays a major role in contributing to proper brain functioning. Your brain is responsible for consuming over 20% of all the oxygen and nutrients that flows through your body. To keep your brain healthy you will need to give it good fuel like fresh fruit, vegetables, and plenty of Omega 3 oils.
Junk food is made up of processed parts and chemicals that do serious damage to both your body and mind. These toxic substances being put into your body can actually lead to having toxic thoughts as a result. This is because your body is unhealthy, producing unhealthy chemical reactions that flow to your brain!

5. Read More Books

It is said that successful people read for entertainment, while the average person watches television to be entertained. This is the reason why success is so scarce among people. Reading helps you elevate your thinking and behavior, while television tends to dumb you down and make you lazy. You are then left feeling stressed because you do not understand how your life got so out of control or became so unfulfilling.
Reading helps to relieve the tension and stress that weighs heavily on your brain-cells.

Reading also provides you with a new perspective on things that you might have overlooked in your everyday life. Books help tremendously to grow your brain and expand your depth of thinking. Reading helps to build your imagination, which helps you become creative and resourceful when dealing with pressure from stressful situations. Reading can remove you from the world around you, allowing you to realize the bigger opportunities that are available to you.

6. Get More Sleep

It can be tempting to resist sleep when you are focused on accomplishing your goals, but this can lead to negative consequences. You become more irritable as a result and snap at any little thing because your mind is so tired. This is why you must learn how to maximize your available time so that you can afford yourself the time to get some much needed rest.

Sleep is needed for your brain to reset so that it can perform at its highest level. Sleep allows your body to regenerate brain cells — doing the much needed maintenance work on both your body and your brain. It is recommended to get 4-6 hours of sleep every night in order to improve your thinking, leading to you producing new ideas that could be innovative breakthroughs.

Use these brain exercises given to improve your brain’s thinking.
Doing so will help reduce your stress and welcome more positive thoughts into your mind. With positive thinking comes an improved life that has minimal negative activity disrupting your happiness. Of course, negative things will occur in your life but your mind will be strong enough to resist giving them the attention and energy to grow. You will have complete control over your mind, thereby giving you control over your life.

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How to Control Emotions

How to Control Emotions

Are you listening to what your emotions are trying to tell you? Today we are looking at our emotions; not only how they can negatively affect us, but most importantly how to control emotions and get them ohow to control emotionsn our side.

While some people are more emotional than others, all of us can struggle with understanding our emotions.  Emotions are in place for a reason.  Do you know what that reason is?  Are you listening to what your emotions are trying to tell you?

Emotions are a tool for us to use in identifying what is really going on in our lives and especially in our minds.

I was recently reading of a three-step process that we can use to better understand and take control of our emotions.

How to Control Emotions, Step-by-Step

Step 1 – Feel Your Emotions

As you feel an emotion come up, especially one that makes you feel uncomfortable or bad, that is the time to let it come to the surface so you can deal with it.

When something happens that creates a strong negative emotion in you, take the time to blow off the steam, or deal control your emotionswith the emotion head on.  You may have to walk away, count to ten, breathe deeply, write in a journal, meditate or some other means to try to calm down.

You want to take that strong negative energy down a few notches, so you can regain balance and control.  By calming down from the raw, out-of-control emotion, so you can move on to step 2.

Step 2 – What Do You Believe?

Whatever it is that happened to cause such a severe negative emotion, you need to calm down so you can understand what is really going on.

For example, if you asked a friend to go out to lunch and the friend turned down your invitation, you may feel strong emotions such as anger or hurt.  If you are very hurt by your friend’s rejection, you need to really think through why you are hurt by the event.  Maybe your thinking your friend is mad at you for some reason, or doesn’t want to be your friend anymore.

These negative thoughts will cause strong negative emotions to surface.  But after calming down and looking at the situation more objectively, you may be able to come up with some other more positive thoughts.  Maybe your friend has a lot to do during the lunch hour, or simply made prior plans.

This is the time to negative emotionquestion your emotions which are leading to these beliefs. Ask yourself why you are thinking the most negative thoughts about this or a similar situation. This is the time to question your beliefs and ask for proof that your belief is really the truth, or if it’s just the emotional part of your brain influencing your thoughts negatively.

Try to calm down enough to look at the situation objectively, not emotionally.  Think about how to control emotion. It is especially important to question beliefs if you come up with answers such as, “No one likes me,” or “I don’t have any friends.”

Listening to your self-talk during emotionally-charged moments is extremely eye-opening and can help you eliminate beliefs that either aren’t true or simply don’t serve you well anymore.

Step 3 – Stay Positive

After taking the time to calm down and then sort through why you are feeling strong negative emotions, end your experience on a positive note.

Don’t keep replaying the incident over and over in your head.  Acknowledge your emotions and wPositive Thinkinghy you’re feeling them. This is the point you need to let go of the negative emotions and focus on something positive.

If similar events with the same people keep coming up and making you feel strong negative emotions, it may be time to move on and remove these things from your life.

So, your negative emotions can be a very powerful tool as to when and if you need to make changes in your life.  You may need to re-think friendships, relationships and careers if they are constantly putting you in a negative emotional state.

Put more positive thoughts, positive people and positive situations into your life.  Put more energy into doing things and spending time with people that make you feel more upbeat and positive.

Emotions are part of what makes us human.  So, learning to understand what your emotions are trying to tell you and how to control emotions, can help you grow as a person.  The emotions you feel come from what you think about most often.  Emotions also stem from the belief system you have in place.  For example, if you think mostly negative thoughts, don’t be surprised if mostly negative emotions come to the surface.

Abundance MindsetInstead of suppressing or ignoring your emotions, use them as a tool to really challenge long-held beliefs.  By doing so, you can react more positively to situations that would normally upset you.

You should also know that not expressing your emotions in a healthy way can result in stress, frustration, anger and unhealthy habits as a means to deal with what you’re really feeling inside.  Ignoring and/or repressing emotions such as anger and fear can play havoc with your health over time.

By challenging your negative self-talk and beliefs, in effect changing the way you think about things going on around you, you can experience positive emotions and control your emotions more of the time.

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Living on Autopilot

Is Living on Autopilot Good or Bad?

Sometimes you just seem to drift though life without thinking about what you’re doing. Your mind is unfocused and you’re living on autopilot. But is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Sometimes you suddenly think, “I don’t remember if I locked the door when I left this morning.”  That’s because you’re so used to locking the door each morning, you don’t even realise whether or not you actually did it.  Odds are, you did perform the particular ingrained behaviour, but when you wake up from the autopilot state, you can’t seem to remember physically doing it.

living on autopilotAutopilot is a state that is within all of us, but it has both a good and bad version.

The reason why we slip into the autopilot state in the first place is because the brain is always trying to conserve its energy. When running at a high rate, the brain can take up as much as 20% of our total energy.  So, whenever possible, the brain is always striving to find ways to save energy.

On autopilot, the brain doesn’t have a whole lot of work to do.  Habits and consistent behaviours are stored up in the brain, and can be carried out with little effort or energy.

This explains why it’s so hard to break a habit. Your brain has to use energy to create a new habit, and fights you along the way when you are trying to change. After all, reinforcing a new habit or behaviour takes up a lot of brain energy.

Good Autopilot

Living life on autopilot isn’t always a bad thing.Good habits

For example, if you were to create a positive habit that keeps you healthy, you would make decisions and take actions that would keep you healthy. After repeating these healthy actions over and over again, they can run on autopilot in your brain. Just like a bad habit, good habits can be placed in the brain too.

By repeating good habits and locking them into your brain, autopilot
can work towards your advantage because you won’t want to break the good pattern and replace it with a bad one. And this keeps the brain happy because it doesn’t require a lot of energy to keep those healthy habits alive.

Bad Autopilot

However, if your brain is full of bad habits or behaviours, autopilot can work to your disadvantage.Autopilot habits

If you’re trying to quit smoking (which is an unhealthy habit) and try to replace it with a healthy habit, your brain will have to use considerable energy.  And your brain doesn’t like to do that.  It likes to take the path of least resistance, or use very little energy.

If you find yourself living in bad autopilot mode, here are some tips to break out of it:

How to Stop Living Life on Autopilot

Acknowledge the fact that you are on autopilot
If you feel like you’re in a rut. Or things need to change. Or you’re experiencing some negative emotions that aren’t going away, you may be living on autopilot. At this point, it’s time to stop and see if you keep doing the same things over and over.  If you keep doing things that make you feel stuck or bad, it becomes really hard to stop taking the actions making you feel this way.

What is causing you to go into autopilot mode?
If you think you may just be trapped living on autopilot, ask yourself why it’s happening.
So, if you are experiencing a problem in your life, and you keep focusing on the problem, the problem will not go away.  This is an example of bad autopilot. If you were to break out of autopilot mode and take a different action, the odds of the problem being solve have increased. You may also slip into autopilot if you’re overwhelmed or are looking to control everything in your life.

Simply turn the switch over to “good” autopilotpositive outcome
Ways to switch away from living on autopilot include:

  • Stop the bad cycle by becoming aware there’s a problem and wanting to find a solution
  • Take back control by setting a goal or brainstorming on possible solutions to the problem
  • Ignite good autopilot by taking one positive action, then another and another

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, maybe it’s simply a matter of being stuck in a rut or in a bad autopilot state.

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The Power of Letting Go and Finding Forgiveness

Finding Forgiveness

Do you find that you often hold grudges against people or find it difficult to move on when someone has wronged you? Constantly looking back with anger, hurt or frustration? If so, read to learn how finding forgiveness can free you…

Finding forgivenessOne of the hardest things to do is to forgive someone who has wronged you.  Any time you are dealing with other people, there may be times when you feel someone has betrayed or taken advantage of you, and it can be difficult to move forwards. By holding on to these feelings of hurt and anger, you’ll experience struggle in every other area of your life.

While it’s unrealistic to expect to go from being emotionally destroyed to simply finding forgiveness for someone, there are things you can do to get from here to there.

There are so many reasons why you should try finding forgiveness or, if you can’t forgive, at least move on and and free yourself from the harm it does to you.  There are generally four steps you need to go through to really be able to let go.

Four Steps to Finding Forgiveness and Letting Go

1. The Uncovering Phase

Finding ForgivenessThe first step in letting go is to acknowledge how the resentment and anger is affecting you.  If you can see how holding on to the thoughts of the person or event continues to have a negative effect on you, it’s time to seriously considering ridding yourself of it.

When we hold on to resentment and anger, it can be all-consuming.  Instead of enjoying life, your time and energy is taken up with thoughts of revenge. The person or event keeps playing over and over in your head.  This just continues hurting you over and over again, and forces you to relive the feelings of humiliation, hurt and anger.  Who wants to hold on to that?

2. Decision Phase

Once you realise how much time you’re spending thinking about the negativHow to find forgivenesse person or situation, you have to decide if you want to continue down this path.  It is downright exhausting to constantly live in a state of anger and bitterness.

By trying to understand and feel empathy towards the offender, it softens the negative feelings.  By trying to understand why the person did what they did, it’s easier to make a decision to let go of the negative feelings.

Realise that the person may have personal or emotional issues of their own which resulted in a negative event for you.  By doing so, it helps you to see that it may be about them more than you and help you to find forgiveness.

3. Working Phase

Once you’ve made the decision to let go, it’s time to do the work to get through it.

Letting go and ForgivingYou have now uncovered the understanding that negative feelings are hurting you.  You’ve decided to try to
understand why the offence occurred.  Now it’s time to accept the situation; it happened and it cannot be undone.

Now think about the reasons you came up with for the person acting the way they did.

It’s at this point you should be able to let go and find forgiveness for the person which means you are taking back control of your emotions and your thinking. By letting go of these negative emotions, you are opening yourself up to the possibility of positive feelings.  A feeling of “the weight of the world off your shoulders” or feeling a lightness is now possible.

4. Deepening Phase

Letting go or forgiving those you feel who’ve wronged you allows you to understand yourself at a much deeper level.  You grow in compassion and empathy for others who may have gone through a similar situation.  It’s very healing and allows you to grow and become stronger on many different levels.

finding forgivenessThe biggest reason for forgiving or letting go is not to let the offender “off the hook” or excuse bad behaviour. Sometimes a situation will occur and you know that you don’t want someone to be a part of your life any more.  However, the whole point isn’t to let someone back into your life. The point is to let go for yourself and by doing so, free yourself from the negative feelings that only hold you back and hurt you. From this point you can make better decision that are right for you as you think more clearly and more positive as you’re more solution-focused,

Remember that letting go heals you, which allows you to enjoy more peace and freedom, as well as increasing happiness in every area of your life.

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How Your Amazing Brain Plays Tricks on You

how the brain learns

Your Amazing Brain

Your brain is amazing, and I’ve got an incredible illusion coming up in a moment that you have to see! (watch the video above)… But right now back to the brain… it takes in so much data every second of every day and makes sense of it. Take your vision for example. Your eyes, take in so much more that you are actually seeing… it just decides what it wants you to be aware of, based on what it thinks is most relevant.

What it see’s as most relevant depends on your previous experiences and your outlook on life. So if you are a person who is always seeing life from the worst possible perspective, don’t be surprised when you see the rain clouds approaching rather the blue sky behind it… or you see the trash building up in the street, rather than the old lady being helped across the road by the kind, friendly boy. So what a great reason to start being more upbeat and developing a more positive outlook on life. As you do so, you will start seeing great things that have always been there, but you were blind to before.

Now, Your eyes also see, what it expects to see.

Take for example this photo… what is it? Well, from the shape and the colours… where about it is, your brain makes an assessment and the likelihood is that it will tell you… and show you that it’s a parrot.

But is it really? Look closer….

it’s a woman painted to look like a parrot… and it’s very convincing, because it’s what your brain expects to see. But after of a few moments of seeing the women, it gets kind of difficult to see the parrot again.

It’s this what magicians illusions are based on. Their tricks rely on what you are expecting to see.

And what about late at night, when we are far more likely to be spooked by our imagination playing tricks on us. Our brains our socially configured to recognising faces, which is the reason why out of all of this rubble, you are probably drawn to what you see as a face… even though you don’t know, and have probably never see anyone who looks even remotely like this! At night time, when less light is coming into our eyes our brains are making assessments with even less information to go on, which is why your mind is far more likely to see a spooky face… but don’t worry, it’s just your amazing brain!

So, you can see that this is just another reason to develop a more positive mental attitude! Have your eyes and your brain showing you the good stuff in life! Click the following link or the image below to take a look at my my Hypnosis download for developing a Positive Mental Attitude

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