Don’t Let Your Brain Go Into It’s Default Mode!

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Don’t let your brain go into its default mode!

If you want to find your GladSpace – the place where your brain, body, and external environment are happy and focused – try to prevent your brain from going into its default mode of wandering attention. If your brain isn’t engaged in something in which it’s interested, then your brain will act irrationally (out of restlessness) and create “what if” scenarios. These hypothetical situations can elicit feelings of worry, negativity, and uncertainty. You may think you’re intelligently weighing pros and cons about decisions, but there’s a lot of negative damage that can occur in your psyche and emotions if you let your brain wander into negative, hypothetical situations for too long – or too often – as your brain registers these “hypothetical events” as real. Your body experiences these “what if” scenarios as if they’re presently happening – which causes stress on your mind and body. It may be difficult, but try to keep your brain focused on positive tasks and prevent it from wandering into its default mode of spiraling “what if” ideas.

Naturally, our mind identifies negative elements for which we must watch out. This is logical considering early humans had to watch their back for life-or-death threats in order to survive. But having evolved to identify negative elements of our lives or about the world around us is not as necessary now – in fact, it can be harmful to our survival and happiness level. Our mind, naturally keen on identifying “wrong” or “threatening” factors in our lives, is not necessary in today’s world where tigers and bears are not looming over our shoulders ready to eat us. Our mind picks up on a stranger’s body being more fit than ours and it causes us to feel bad about ourselves – this negative attention is harmful to our mental health and does not provide us with survival aid like a keen attention to negativities did back in early human evolution times. Allowing our mind “free range” is dangerous to our mental health for it is more likely to discount the good in life, and lead us down a dark road. Our minds must be trained to see the positives in life, rather than the negatives. Once positive thinking, gratitude, compassion, etc. become integral and natural for our minds, we are in a much better mental space. Conducting daily gratitude practices, doing yoga, journaling about happy thoughts can help to keep your brain focused on the positive aspects of life – rather than letting your mind slip into its default mode of finding faults.

Heavy emotional loads in your brain are not healthy. Your brain shouldn’t be left alone to think about the past or future unnecessarily as this can cause feelings of stress, anxiety, and unhappiness. If you find yourself mulling over a situation that “went poorly”, try to change your mental approach and focus on what went right instead. Or quickly think about how the situation could have been worse in order to make your brain feel grateful for the true outcome of the situation. It’s okay to lie to your brain in order to avoid jumping into the negative spiral of feeling sorry for yourself and wondering about negative future events. You’re allowed to fake contentment in order to save your brain from “going to the dark side” of emotions and thoughts. Teaching yourself to look at the bright side of situations seems commonsensical, but so many of us secretly dwell on hurtful situations that cause nothing but further harm to our minds and our bodies. Please use this blog post as a gentle reminder to be a strict teacher and to not let your mind go into it’s default mode! Just because you feel the urge to feel sad or to think about the negative aspects of a situation doesn’t mean those thoughts are warranted or necessary! Because of our evolution and our early survival mechanisms, it WAS necessary to be alert of things that could be harmful or lead us astray, but NOW we cannot give in to that type of mental energy. We MUST learn to be grateful for the small things in our lives if we want to create a magnet for even subsequent, positive situations in the future. Being grateful and present will calm your mind and improve your energy.

Find your GladSpace. You are the only person who can make you happier, and it often begins by saving your mental energy for positive, thankful thoughts. Make a promise to yourself to stop dwelling on unknowns and focus on YOU rather than comparing your body, your career, your life to others. It doesn’t give you motivation, it gives your brain the permission to continue thinking negative thoughts – and that will not give you an advantage over others or make you happier.

Accept things that you cannot control, and learn to let go. Have faith and keep your mind geared towards positivity. Just like a sneaky child begging you for another cookie, learn to say NO to your brain when it wants to sneak down the slippery “what if” slope to which it’s naturally drawn. Put your foot down and change your mental energy to something positive. Once it becomes a habit for you to halt negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones, you will find your mental GladSpace and be very happy 🙂

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