The beginning of March saw an interesting awareness day “Old Stuff Day”. A day to sort, shift, organise, and declutter. Now many of us will have started to spring clean our homes, but what about the environment that lives inside of us, that we sometimes don’t even realise needs a good clear out from time to time? The mind!
We have 70,000+ thoughts a day, but not all are worth keeping. Local Solution Focused Hypnotherapist Liane Ulbricht-Kazan reveals “That’s a lot of thinking, and these thoughts can either be neutral, optimistic or pessimistic.”
Everybody knows the saying, the glass is either half empty, or half full, but which way does your thought pattern lean?
People who live their lives more on the pessimistic side may benefit from a mental spring clean. Negative thoughts that hang around in our system often grow out of proportion and begin to overshadow the more optimistic take on any situation, and if we are not careful they sometimes end up taking over. This can result in a vicious cycle of negative thinking, promoting negative behaviour, which attracts negative experiences, then reinforcing the negative aspects of life, and so on.
Hypnotherapy differentiates between two main parts of the brain; an emotionally primitive part where negative lingering thoughts may dwell, and a logical so called intellectual part, where we simply know better than to believe that old thought pattern. The primitive part, which is the original part of the brain, is responsible for keeping us safe, protected, and alive. It assesses risk and seeks security. This is what our primitive ancestors relied upon to survive in the threatening environment in which they then lived. However, although we no longer live in caves and in hiding from predators, we still have this part of our brain to protect us from modern-day threats. This part of our brain always fears the worst. So, it follows that if our thoughts hang around in this part longer than necessary, our optimism may become clouded and our judgment pessimistic.
Liane adds, “We do much better when we live our lives and manage our thoughts from the intellectual part of our brain. Once mastered, this skill allows us to see the positive aspects of ourselves and our environment. We are balanced and can recognise our personal strengths, and this allows us to make our way through life in a relaxed and positive way”.
So, how do we make the change from worst-case scenario pessimism towards the positive side of optimism?
“It’s quite simple” says Liane “We need to recognise which part of the brain our thoughts are being filtered through. For example, if we experience a problem, and immediately come up with the worst-case scenario, then we are surely in the grips of the emotionally primitive brain, and we’ll struggle to find a resolution. However, if the same problem occurs and we react with the intellectual part, we’ll have a much better perspective, gain facts, find solutions or resources and get the problem sorted out effectively.”
In helping people to identify and rectify pessimistic thought processes, Hypnotherapy can help all kinds of people overcome all kinds of issues, which are negatively affecting their everyday lives.