You keep hearing the term neuro plasticity being thrown around as a way to heal the brain and change your emotional state but how do you transform this feel-good theory into action? You probably know the basics of neuro plasticity by now, so here is how you can create your very own action plan to changing your mind to get rid of anxiety and depression. It’s time to take some real action to treat your anxiety and depression.
Identify Things That Contribute To Your Anxiety And Depression
What makes you anxious? What makes you depressed? Anything that could be an answer to either of these two questions uses neuro plasticity to keep you dealing with depression and anxiety all the time. If you want to use neuro plasticity to treat your anxiety and depression, then you need to start out with identifying every person, situation, place, TV show, book, magazine, and thought that you have that makes you feel anxiety and depression. You want to know everything about what makes you feel anxious and depressed because it is time to do something about them.
Replace Things That Contribute To Your Anxiety And Depression
Now you want to take all of these things that make you feel like you are dealing with depression and anxiety and replace them with something else. If a place makes you feel anxious or depressed, then go somewhere else. If a person makes you feel anxious or depressed, then spend time with someone else.
Especially, when you are first starting out working to treat your anxiety and depression, you want to make it as easy as possible.
Do this by avoiding things that make you feel these unpleasant feelings and choosing alternatives that make you feel better. You cant avoid everyone and everything, so in time you will want to start working on replacing thoughts of anxiety and depression with happier thoughts but just start off by replacing as many of your sources of anxiety and depression as possible.
Devote Time To Building New Neural Pathways
Its easy to be enthusiastic about making better life choices and changing your thoughts for a day or a week but you need to commit to this action plan. You need to work on making yourself happier and more relaxed daily so that you build new neural pathways to replace the ones you are avoiding. In time, your brains new neural pathways will diminish your anxiety and depression.
Every day, you want to write down everything that made you feel anxiety or depression that day. Some days you will have a lot to write and other days you may not have much at all. This act of identifying your triggers will be an ongoing process that will help you to see what changes you need to make. Then you need to either replace these triggers or change your thoughts about these triggers. Do whatever you have to so that they no longer make it on your list.
This is an action-oriented approach to treating anxiety and depression. Like most changes, its a simple process that you have to stick with long enough for the change to become your new normal. Your anxiety and depression are no match for these action steps with neuro plasticity on your side.