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Rewiring Our Brains for Less Anxiety

Posted on: September 1st, 2014 by Dr. Angela Bisignano

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Some of the latest research in neuroscience is showing that we can rewire the neurochemistry in our brain. If we are intentional about what we dwell on and creating good experiences we can actually transform our brains for the better. Doing so can allow us to have more content, peaceful, productive, and joyful lives.

Here are 3 principles to help you rewire your brain for less anxiety.

1. Dwell on good thoughts, feelings and experiences.

What we spend time thinking, feeling and experiencing impacts brain neurochemistry. To the extent we spend time dwelling on events and experiences that are negative, the neural networks in our brains are being shaped into greater vulnerability to anxiety, depressed mood, sadness, guilt or anger.

On the contrary, if we learn to dwell on events, and experiences that are good and positive our brains can take on a different shape; allowing us to exhibit and experience more resiliency, optimism, and strength. How you think and what you rest your mind on matters to your health and wellbeing.

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable–if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise–dwell on these things. ~Philippians 4:8

2. Take one day at a time.

Many of us are living busy and hectic lives. We are checking off our to do lists, stressing about the day, and being anxious about tomorrow. Instead of hurrying through the day try approaching it by slowing down, being intentional about enjoying it and worrying less.

Try exercising being mindful, or being in the present moment. Instead of being rushed by your next thought, engagement or worry, take time to enjoy where you are at, who you are with, or the experience readily available to you right now.

Do not anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. ~Matthew 6:34a

3. Let God help manage your anxiety.

Life is full of things that can make us anxious. Research shows that a little anxiety can be good for us. A low to moderate amount can help us perform better, to be on top of our game, and to get better results. When anxiety surpasses a certain threshold and becomes high; however, it can become debilitating, toxic, and harmful to our health. Whether you feel your anxiety is too great to bear or at a moderate level get into the habit of letting God help you manage it.

Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. ~1 Peter 5:7