Our brains have been compared to computers many times, and I even wrote a post about having too many ‘windows’ open and being on overload.
We all know how destructive viruses on our computer can be and how important it is to have virus protection installed. and if you’ve ever been overrun by a virus, you know how difficult and frustrating it can be to rid your computer of it.
Protecting our mind
When it come to our minds, however, we’re not so careful to protect ourselves from the, often devastating, effects our own thoughts can have on it. The more serious of these thought viruses can lead to mental health problems such as loss of confidence, mild depression, self esteem issues, and a distorted perception of ourselves.
This has been an issue of mine recently. See, when my brain was completely overwhelmed during the time surrounding my mental meltdown, I believe it became susceptible to many harmful ‘viruses’ or thought patterns. And, because my mind was in such a fragile state, these thought patterns were able to move right in and make themselves at home!
How then do we combat these thought viruses and protect our minds in order to stay healthy mentally and physically?
The answer could be ‘thought awareness’. This is when we recognize the thoughts that could lead to a downward spiral of negative emotion resulting in mental and physical problems, in effect, viruses in our minds. This is a technique that I have been working on, becoming aware of ‘what’ my mind is thinking and the possible reasons ‘why’.
4 Ways to to control the viruses in your mind
1. Negative self talk.
In 2 Cor. 10:5, it says: “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”. We can bring our thoughts into our control by the power and knowledge of God.
When you recognize that you are talking to yourself in a negative way, recognize it for what it is; Your mind has tried to protect you from being hurt emotionally so starts talking to you in a negative way in order to protect your feelings.
For example: you want to start your own business and have a desire to work for yourself. At first you are really excited by the prospect, but immediately your mind start telling you it will be too hard, you will have to work very long hours, you will have to network, which you hate doing, you will have to do this and that and it will be way too hard. As soon as you recognize these thoughts creeping in,take these thoughts captive, bind them, and carry on with your plans.
2. Get rid of the past.
We tend to dwell on negative events from our past in an effort to understand why they happened. My counselor and I discussed that some things we will never understand. We need to give ourselves permission to feel and then to put our past where it belongs, in the past. We don’t forget it, we don’t ignore it, we accept that is just ‘is’ and we move on.
3. Use affirmations to train your mind.
It is important to understand that we CAN train our mind. We can teach it what to think about. Affirmations are a great way to do this. Affirmations are positive statements that you repeat to yourself everyday to ingrain the thought into your mind as truth.
As a Christian, I believe some of the best affirmations to be found are in the Scripture
We must pray for the strength to overcome the negative thoughts, and use Scripture to replace them.
Here are a few to start with-
It is the Lord Who goes before you;
He will [march] with you;
He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you;
[let there be no cowardice or flinching, but] fear not,
neither become broken [in spirit–depressed,
dismayed, and unnerved with alarm].
– Deuteronomy 31:8 (AMP)
I pray that you may prosper in all things
and be in health,
just as your soul prospers.
-3 John 1:2 (NKJV)
ARISE [from the depression and prostration
in which circumstances have kept you
–rise to a new life]!
Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord),
for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
-Isaiah 60:1 (AMP)
Who comforts and encourages and refreshes and cheers
the depressed and the sinking,
comforted and encouraged and refreshed and cheered us.
– 2 Corinthians 7:6 (AMP)
Casting the whole of your care
[all your anxieties, all your worries,
all your concerns, once and for all]
on Him, for He cares for you affectionately
and cares about you watchfully.
– 1Peter 5:6-7 (AMP)
He heals the brokenhearted
and bandages their wounds.
– Psalm 147:3
4. Take a leap into LIFE!
Christ came so that we can have life, and life more abundantly. He wants us to live full lives, but many times our negative thought patterns keep us trapped within our comfort zones. We all live in comfort zones and that’s great because they can protect us to a degree. However, comfort zones also stop us from learning about ourselves and growing as individuals. Apathy is found within the comfort zone, abundant life is outside of it.
It is time to step out of our comfort zones into the LIFE that is waiting for us!
I believe that God has something just around the corner for me! I am doing my best to learn all I can about where I ‘am’ right now, as I know it will be a stepping stone to the next great thing He has in store for me!
What about you? Where are you in your life? Does you brain have a ‘virus’? Do you struggle with negative thoughts? How do you overcome them?
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