Keep Your Mind on a Leash

I know that this title is a little out there and what I am about to say is ironic, but by “keeping your mind on a leash,” or in other words keeping tabs and having control over your mind and thoughts, it can really make for a more peaceful life. The mind is an extremely powerful thing.

Like many people, I deal with anxiety on an almost daily basis, it is very exhausting and really can make life quite challenging and unpleasant.  Over the years I have learned several techniques to try to minimize my anxiety and they do help, that is of course if I work at it and be consistent with it!

I’m sure that everyone has felt some sort of anxiety maybe during a test, before a presentation, meeting a deadline, gathering for a social event, having a fight with a loved one, these can all cause anxiety, however for those like myself, anxiety takes on a daily and persisting form.  There are times where I feel that my anxiety level is at a fair or good place and times where there is too much going on, my anxiety flares, and it feels like it’s consuming me.  I wanted to write this blog to give you some insight on what has helped me and hopefully it could help you too.

Our minds really do have so much power.  We must take great care of our mind and what we choose to “feed” it.  The thoughts that we think about ourselves and the world around us are very powerful even when not spoken.  If we make a mistake and we think to ourselves “I can’t do anything right,” if we close off communication with a loved one and think “They probably don’t love me anyway,” these are very damaging words and if repeated enough can cause you to actually believe these things about yourself to be true.

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Our thoughts and minds can run wild very easily if we let them.  When we feel anxious, when our mind starts wandering and our thoughts start racing and snowballing, it helps to put a stop to those thoughts right away.  The best way that I have found to do this is to negate, or counteract the thought that I am having. If the thought is “I always make mistakes,” negate that by thinking of everything that you’ve accomplished so far.  If the thought is “I am not good at relationships,” counteract that by telling yourself “Relationships are hard work, but are a learning experience and I am doing my best to better myself daily.”  We can be so hard on ourselves, other people tend to put us in a much brighter light, they don’t tend to see us the way that we see ourselves.  Replace negative and anxious thinking with “I can,” “I will,” “I am worthy,” “I am a good person,” etc.  Our minds can take a thought and run with it even if it is not even true at all.  Keep a tight watch of your thoughts and feelings. 

If you are like me, you tend to focus and worry about the future, we always hear that this robs us of the present and this is true, worrying about the future is not having control of our minds, we are missing out on what is right in front of us if we are thinking of something not yet here.  It is important to think and plan for the future, but not obsessively.  Life changes so much and so often and many times what we are worried about today may not even take place, or may not even be a worry in the future.  We can really get ahead of ourselves if we let it.  

By no means are these tips easy, I struggle daily with trying to implement these, but there is some definite relief and it is absolutely worth the try! Wishing you a peaceful and beautiful week, as always thank you so much for stopping by!

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10 thoughts on “Keep Your Mind on a Leash

  1. This is an awesome post! You are 100% right – what we think reflects in how we feel. When our thinking is wrong, our whole countenance changes. These negative, anxious thoughts are lies intended to rob us of our joy, our peace and our identity. Letting them in and not keeping close reigns on them impacts every single area of our lives.

    I love the acronym for FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real. 99% of what we fear is just that – false evidence. Like you, I worry about things that shouldn’t even be on my mind to begin with. If something bad were to happen in the future, there’s nothing I can do to prevent it anyway! But I trust that God will get me through it, as He has done with everything else in my life.

    One of the things I love most about your post is how when you think a negative thought – you quickly affirm yourself instead. That’s beautiful and effective. You are certainly worthy, capable and full of love. I’m glad you’re here sharing your wisdom and your light. God bless you! ♥

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    1. Holly you have melted heart! Thank you so very much for your positivity and kind words and thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my post. Your words mean so much to me, truly! May God Bless you 🙏💖

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  2. Aw! Now you’ve melted my heart!! It was truly my pleasure to read your post. You’re a gifted writer who is full of wisdom and goodness. I’m your new fan 😉

    God bless you as well! Praying you and your loved ones stay safe and protected under the wings of a God who loves you so very much! 🙏🏼

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    1. You brought tears to my eyes! Thank you from the bottom of my heart 😃 You have a beautiful gift yourself and your kindness is what this world needs. I pray you and your loved ones stay safe and God Bless 🙏

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  3. Wow this is so relatable! We all have struggled or struggling with dealing anxiety and depression at many points in life. Loved the thought – worrying about future makes us miss living in the present. Looking forward to reading more of your posts 👍😊

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