Change your brain, change your life- Part 1
I started reading this book Change your brain, change your life. It’s very eye opening and gives a whole new understating to how our brains operate. I’m going to share in two parts. The first part will be me explaining the part of the brain that effects our moods. Then I will post in the near future the second part on what the different exercises are that I will be practicing over the next few weeks so I can share what it has done for me. There will be some scientific talk in here but I’ll make it so it’s easy to read!
“Your brain is the hardward of your soul. It is the hardware of your very essence as a human being. You cannot be who you really want to be unless your brain works right.” The book started out with these words and those words really drew me into this book!
As I talked about a bit in my about me section I mentioned how I’ve struggled with depression. This book has helped me understand what part of the brain is affected when I’m feeling depressed. It’s called the deep limbic system and is located at the center of our brains. Anytime I’m feeling depressed this center is working overtime and is inflamed. When the deep limbic system is less active, you have a more positive, hopeful state of mind. When it is heated or working overtime, we tend to have a more negative state of mind and that negativity can turn into depression.
This is affected by a chemical imbalance in the brain and hormonal imbalances in the body. There are many possible causes for these imbalances. Some of the most common causes are related to diet and nutrition, environmental exposures such as chemicals and pollutants, poor sleep habits, emotional and/or physical trauma, and poor lifestyle choices.
Although this may sound overwhelming or unfixable, the good news is that there is hope! Hope in which I will be sharing with you all soon. There are “prescriptions” as Daniel G. Amen, M.D shares in his book that I will be sharing with you as I work on some myself. These prescriptions aren’t the drug kinds but are different strategies and skills to help conquer depression!
Change your brain, change your life Part 1 of 2:
There is so much that you can learn from this book I now have to make 2 parts to my second part!
I’m going to share with you all what I’ve been learning about depression and ways to help it. I’ll first start with treating depression with supplements, herbs and things you can do physically then I’ll get to the psychology part.
I use a herb called Kanna for depression and the supplements Kava (mostly used for anxiety but helps with depression for me as well) and Omega. I’ll have pictures at the bottom of these products!
If you heard of essential oils, I love Lavandar for depression. I feel so relaxed and calm.
Some other things that help with depression physically:
- Acupuncture- increases blood flow to the brain and helps calm your limbic system, (refer to previous post)
- Massage Therapy
- Exercise and nutrition
Psychological treatment for depression:
There are 9 different ways that our thoughts lie to us and make our situations seem worse than they really are. The ANT therapy helps us crush those negative thoughts.
ANT Therapy-Learning how to kill those ANT’S (Automatic Negitive Thinking)
I’m going to tell you the 9 Different ANT’S and how to kill them.
ANT One: All-or-Nothing Thinking-Thoughts that things are all good or all bad.
ANT Two: “Always” Thinking-thinking in words like always, never, no one, everyone, every time or everything.
ANT Three: Focusing on the negative-Only seeing the bad in a situation.
ANT Four: Fortune Telling-Predicting the worst possible outcome to a situation with little or no evidence for it.
ANT Five: Mind Reading- Believing that you know what another person is thinking even though they haven’t told you.
ANT six: Thinking with your feelings- Believing negative feelings without ever questioning them.
ANT Seven: Guilt Beatings-Thinking in words like should, must, ought, or have to.
ANT Eight: Labeling- Attaching a negative label to yourself or to someone else.
ANT Nine: Blaming- Blaming someone else for the problems you have.
Now here’s how to kill those ANT’S:
1. Recognize the ANT’S whenever one enters your mind.
2. Write them down
3. Talk back to them!
An example would be, that I’ve struggled with- Thought, “I’m stupid.” That’s ANT eight, labelling. Then talk back to it saying “Sometimes I do things that aren’t so smart but that doesn’t mean I’m stupid!”
This takes time and practice but it makes a huge difference! I’m just starting to use this and talk back to those thoughts and it really does shift your thinking in a positive way. Those thoughts then become less in your mind.
I hope you found this post helpful, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me!
Book: Change your brain, Change your life- Daniel G. Amen, M.D.