Do you take good care of your mind? Are your thoughts making your sick? There are a number of reasons we have negative thought patterns. Some have habitual thoughts so deeply ingrained they are unaware of the destructive self talk. Others have mental health disorders like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, where intrusive thoughts ail them. Still others listen to countless stories of suffering and heated debate/attacks (A.K.A. the evening news and talk radio). A brain burdened by negativity needs intervention.
Here are some ways to nurture your brain:
Identify one or more positive thoughts you can have about today.
Paul urged the brothers at Philippi that “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Phil. 4:8
Imagine “I Can” scenarios. Is there something you keep telling yourself you can’t do? (I can’t get all this work done. I can’t keep up with so and so.) Write down a scenario where your “I can’t” turns into “I can.”
Paul also declared, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13.
Share your “I can’t” struggle with another person. Consider reading to them your revised version or asking for help revising your scenario on paper.
Paul acknowledged how the saints at Philippi “shared with me in my affliction.” Paul was content in Christ, but he was also grateful for their support.
Pray about your new thoughts. You might not feel like you will be able to think differently on an ongoing basis or that you can truly accomplish whatever you wrote about. So put it in God’s hands. His ways and His thoughts are greater than ours.
More riches from Philippians are found in Paul’s reminder to, “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Phil 4:6
Don’t let a burdened brain go unexamined. Be aware of your thoughts, ask for feedback from others about what they hear you saying regularly, and seek additional medical or mental help when needed.