The brain is an amazing and complex organ. Scientists are still trying to understand many things about it, but one nut they've cracked is that we can reverse engineer our brains and by doing that, gain more power over our behavior.
No longer do we need to remain passive passengers riding along letting addictions and ill feelings run our lives.
We can interrupt negative behaviors if we catch them in time and we can re-engineer some of our brain's tendency toward negativity by doing positive exercises and making sure we have more positive experiences.
Brain rewirement exercises are these intentional retraining sessions which works like exercise. Over time, they can tilt your negative tendencies in a positive direction.
Here are five brain rewiring exercises that we regularly use and recommend you do too.
Practicing mindfulness can help you become more aware of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in the present moment. By paying attention to your thoughts and feelings without judgment, you can gain insight into the root causes of your negative behaviors.
Replace negative self-talk with positive affirmations. Repeat statements like "I am capable," "I am worthy," and "I can overcome challenges" to rewire your brain with positive beliefs about yourself.
3. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This therapeutic approach focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. Working with a therapist trained in cognitive behavioral therapy can help you develop healthier coping mechanisms and break free from negative cycles.
4. Schedule Joy
An activity that I've incorporated into our weekly mindfulness class is to schedule something truly joyful to do within the next 7 days. What this does is give you something to look forward to, which wires the brain for hopefulness.
5. Perform some tasks with eyes closed
We do many things without thinking about them including taking a shower, washing dishes, and moving around our homes. Intentionally closing your eyes for one of these activities is a simple way to rewire the brain forcing it to use new neural pathways to get those tasks done.
6. Candlelit evenings and bedtime routines
Engaging in activities that challenge your brain, such as puzzles, reading, learning a new skill, or playing a musical instrument, can help promote neuroplasticity and strengthen the brain's ability to change.
7. Commune with your authentic self
During this meditative activity, instead of visioning the most successful version of yourself killing it on a TEDx stage, you envision the calm unbothered version of yourself being and living in the present moment. This communion with your most authentic self is not only powerful in the moment, but over time, helps you to live more honestly and deeply.
Remember, rewiring the brain takes time and effort. It's important to be patient with yourself and celebrate even small victories along the way. With dedication and persistence, you can break free from negative behaviors and create a healthier and happier life.