Our physical state is like a tangible printout of the synergy between our mental and emotional state. To a great extent, our lives are governed by our inner state of mind. If we could tap into the ‘backend’ of our minds and instill a mindset that supports wholesome living, we can live healthily. Three surefire ways to do this are gratitude journaling, mantras & meditation.
By keeping a gratitude journal, speaking and living by positive mantras, and practicing meditation consistently, you can improve your mental health, influence every dimension of your life, and live happily. You have to make the change in your mind, your soul and your spirit- and your body will follow.
WHAT IS A GRATITUDE JOURNAL?
A gratitude journal is a simple tool used to record and keep track of the good things in life. No matter how difficult and frustrating life can get, there is always something to be grateful for. Translating gratitude from the heart into words on paper has a therapeutic effect on health. Research has shown that it helps lower stress leading to depression, and improve sleep and social relationships. Gratitude has also been closely associated with lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers related to cardiac health, thereby lowering the risk of heart disease.
Keeping a gratitude list, be it daily or monthly, can help you cope with messy situations and give you hope to carry on living, knowing that challenges are only temporary, and we can choose to focus on our wins instead. Indeed, it can change your view of life; A 2018 study found that keeping a gratitude journal helped decrease materialism and increase generosity in adolescents.
Learning to be thankful for the privilege and opportunities we enjoy can help build a positive mental attitude towards life. It works just like therapy… call it Gratitude Therapy. By helping you detach from negative and toxic emotions, gratitude allows you to channel your energy into more profitable ventures.
Once you learn how to practice gratitude, you will find a lot of good things gravitate towards you. You can start practicing gratitude by using:
WHAT ARE MANTRAS?
Mantras are words, phrases, or even sounds that are whispered, silently recited, or chanted during spiritual exercises such as yoga and meditation. They communicate a state of mind and elevate consciousness. Even though some mantras do not have literal meanings, they do have spiritual interpretations. Mantras are originally used in Buddhism and Hinduism because they are believed to be mystical, sacred, and spiritually efficacious.
At first, they might seem like words or phrases, but you will soon find yourself growing into them and taking up the words as an identity. Mantras help to create positive energy from within the soul and a deep sense of calm in the mind and body. When used in yoga or meditation, it helps to create a reverberation through the body and quiets down noisy thoughts. This makes it an important meditation tool for beginners.
You can create mantras for different purposes like money, positivity, general wellness, or anxiety. Examples of mantras you can begin to live by:
WHAT IS MEDITATION?
Meditation is a spiritual and mental exercise that involves awareness, focus, and deep relaxation. When meditating, you can observe your thoughts and emotions like passing clouds but resist dwelling on or judging them. With constant practice, you will grow mindful and conscious of the present and stop getting worried over challenges that may arise.
It is natural for the mind to wander and multitask but what matters is how we respond to all the overwhelming thoughts and feelings. Meditation works to train the mind to live in the present rather than getting distracted by worries of the past or future.
Many studies have found meditation to be incredibly helpful in lowering stress, increasing focus and clarity, creativity, and promoting gratitude and happiness. According to the American Heart Association, meditation helps to lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. It also helps to build a better understanding of self.
How To Practice Meditation:
Gratitude journaling, mantras & meditation are essential (and powerful) mind tools that can reshape our views about life and build our lives in the direction we want it to go. Even better, they are highly beneficial to overall health and wellness as they can increase life expectancy and happiness. You can start today to use these mental tools to improve the quality and longevity of your life.
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