Daily Encouragement: Counselor’s Corner by Stephanie R. Reck, LMSW, LBT, BCCC : Rewire Your Brain
Maybe you’re like me and were raised in a negative environment, and you learned how to be negative. The good news is we can rewire our brains through changing our thoughts, and scientific research has proven that this can be done. Neuroplasticity is the term that is used when referring to being able to rewire your brain. Universities and colleges have taught previously that the brain is hard-wired or set usually in early childhood, and the brain has no ability to change.
Neuroplasticity enables people to recover from stroke, injury, depression, addictions, and obsessive compulsive patterns (Hampton, Debbie, Reset.me. Neuroplasticity: the 10 fundamentals of rewiring your brain).
If you have had a challenging time with overcoming negative thought patters, you can overtime become more positive and faith-filled.
Reflect and ponder: How would you describe yourself? A negative or positive person, a pessimistic person or optimistic person, do you see the “cup half empty of half full?”
Counselor’s Corner: Changing your thought patterns from negative to positive can happen, but be patient because it takes time to rewire your brain. You must commit to daily speaking out loud positive affirmations with scriptures about yourself and others for at least 6 months. We will become more faith-filled when we speak the Word of God, and speaking God’s Word has lasting effects not just saying positive statements.
My prescription for rewiring your brain: saying positive affirmations with corresponding scriptures out loud 2x per day for 6 months. After 6 months, reevaluate to see how much progress that you have made, if you need to continue after the 6 months-do so! You will notice positive changes in your mood, thinking, health, and energy only after several weeks, but don’t stop there! Your brain needs time to permanently change in the direction that you desire.
Fill your mind with positive affirmations and scriptures daily, and don’t allow your mind to be negative or wonder throughout the day. Take every thought captive and replace any negative thoughts with one of the positive affirmations and scriptures that you are speaking out loud.
Take every thought captive into the obedience of Jesus Christ, casting down every imagination and every high and lofty thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. 2 Corinthians 10:5
I recommend getting notecards and writing your positive affirmations and corresponding scriptures on them. It’s easier this way, you can take your cards with you and read them during your lunchbreak.
Examples of positive affirmations with scriptures that you can use. Make some of your own, as many as you need in the areas that you have trouble with.
· All of my thoughts are positive and faith-filled.
Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8
· I am a thankful person.
I will thank God in everything (no matter what the circumstance may be, be thankful and give thanks), for this is the will of God for me. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
· As a man thinks in his heart, so he is. Proverbs 23:7
Therefore all of my thoughts ae positive. I do not allow the devil to use my spirit as a garbage dump by meditating on negative things that he offers me.
· I am slow to speak, quick to hear, and slow to anger. James 1:19
· I do not speak negative things.
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. Ephesians 4:29
· I am always a positive encourager. I edify and build up; I never tear down and destroy.
Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. Romans 15:2
· I am peaceful.
I have the peace of God, which passes all understanding. Philippians 4:6
· I am joyful always. 1 Thessalonians 5:16
· I do not worry.
I will not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Matthew 6:34
For more information on brain neuroplasticity from a Christian perspective, check out Dr. Caroline Leaf, cognitive neuroscientist @ www.dr.leaf.com