How to rewire Your Brain with mindfulness 🧠
It’s thought that 95% of our behaviour runs on autopilot ⛹🏽♂️because neural pathways take care all of our habits, reducing millions of sensory inputs into manageable chunks, so we can function without overload. 🏋️♀️
These default brain signals are so efficient that they often cause us to relapse into old behaviours before we remember what we want to do instead.
Mindfulness is the exact opposite of these processes; it’s slow brain. It’s executive control rather than autopilot, and enables intentional actions, willpower, and decisions. All you have to do is practice. The more we activate this in the brain, the stronger it gets. Every time we do something deliberate and new, we find neuroplasticity, activating our grey matter, which is full of new neurons that have not yet been trained for the fast brain. 🤼♀️
While my brain knows what is best for me, the fast brain is causing me to shortcut my way through life. 🔋 So how can we trigger ourselves to be mindful when we need it most? This is where behaviour design comes in. It’s a way to put your slow brain in the driver’s seat. There are two ways to do it; first, slowing down the fast brain, putting obstacles in its way, and, removing obstacles in the path of the slow brain, so it can gain control.
Shifting the balance to give your slow brain more power takes some energy though. 💡
Things to try 😛
Refresh your triggers regularly. Use sticky notes to remind yourself of a new intention. That might work for about a week, but then your fast brain and old habits take over again. Try writing new notes to yourself; add variety or make them funny so they stick with you longer.
Create new patterns. You could try a series of “If this, then that” messages to create easy reminders to shift into slow brain. 💭 “If phone rings, take a breath before answering.” Each intentional action to shift into mindfulness will strengthen your slow brain. ✨💫💭✨💫✨
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