Our brain is the most complex device that has ever existed. Our brain is essentially what makes us. It controls our thinking, emotions, problem solving and many voluntary behaviours. Our brain is an intelligent being in itself. However, some negative psychological actions consume large quantities of our intellectual supplies. Few of us are aware that these activities can have a deleterious effect on our minds. They even restrict our cognitive abilities and lower our IQ. Let’s have a look at some habits that impair our intellect:
Brooding:It is natural to be upset over bad things that happen in life. We think about such things for a while and gradually move on. However, some of us keep rewinding those memories over and over again, brooding over them for weeks or maybe months. Studies have revealed that habitual brooding increases the risk of developing clinical depression.Surprisingly, the tendency to brood is also associated with risk of developing alcoholism and eating disorders.
Unresolved Guilt: Guilt is a feeling of remorse or responsibility for some action whether it is real or reel. Guilt is always not a rational thing. It is a weight that will crush you whether you deserve it or not. Whenever, there is an unresolved guilt, it keeps popping into our minds. Physically, guilt restricts the energy flow in the body creating low self-esteem and a bad body posture as well. It triggers negative thoughts that create more stress. In such cases, just keep in mind that nobody is perfect, own-up your actions and move on.
Ineffective Complaining: Life is not perfect. It never was and will never be. Once we embrace this reality, the more we welcome possibilities. We complain about our jobs, the weather, the travelling, clothes, and lazy partners. When our brain is firing off these synapses of anger, we’re weakening our immune system; raising the blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes, and a plethora of other negative ailments. A study has found that 95% of consumers who have a problem with a product don’t complain to the company, but they will tell their tale to 8-16 people. It is unproductive because they’re not complaining to the people who can resolve their issue.One must always keep in mind that our complaints should have a purpose and start and end with a positive statement.
Overanalysing Rejection: We face rejection almost every day.Rejections provoke emotional pain, so severe that it affects our thinking, floods us with anger, eats away our confidence, and destabilizes our central feeling of belonging.Most of us heal with time but some of us keep overanalysing the denial that leads to psychological complications which impair our mental well-being. There are better ways to deal with rejection rather than brooding over it. Develop healthy responses like reviving self-worth and having zero tolerance for self-criticism.
Too Much Worrying: Some said rightly, ‘Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.’ Worrying does not only create an unpleasant mental state but disrupts are physical state as well. Excessive worrying causes sleep disorders, irrational fears, chronic indigestion and even panic attacks. To resolve this we should slow things down a bit like talking slowly, walking etc. Likewise, say ‘stop’ aloud in a position where you know you cannot think straight.