Mental training is gaining popularity. Originally coming from the field of sports, nowadays it is also applied sucessfully by executives. But it is also gaining increasing recognition in the private sector, since it is a very effective method to finally get rid of annoying habits such as smoking, to free yourself from fears or simply to increase self-confidence.
Optimise your way of thinking!
You are what you think
The power of our thoughts is mighty, they cannot simply be turned off, sometimes we feel at their mercy. Unfortunately, our brain doesn't care whether we truly experience situation or just imagine it! When we imagine something, the same brain cells are active as when we do it! New results from brain research show that with negative thoughts the synapses in our brain, which are responsible for the unpleasant feelings, become more efficient and the synapses, which are responsible for our satisfaction, relaxation and happiness, become weaker and weaker!
Luckily, this also works the other way around: positive thoughts make us more optimistic and the 'good' synapses become stronger again.
Thoughts lead to physical reactions. An example: Think of an uncomfortable situation, do you notice how your body tenses up and your heartrate accelerates? Twisting this around, we can 'beam' ourselves into another situation with the help of our imagination. This means that if we find ourselves in an uncomfortable situation, e.g. at the dentist, we can imagine that we are relaxing at our favourite beach. The more of our senses are involved, the better - in our imagination we hear the sound of the sea, smell the salty air, feel the sun on our skin.
This is particularly easy for children, as their imagination is still very much alive, the older we get, the more we lose this 'magic'. But we can train our imagination - with mental training!
How does mental training work?
Our subconscious makes up 80 - 90% of our total consciousness, i.e. most of the processes in our everyday life are controlled fully automatically by our subconscious. Our fears, unpleasant experiences and conflicts are also stored here. With mental training we can modify these sensations.
Example of claustrophobia: Anyone suffering from it panics in a narrow room.
This person is unaware of where this fear is coming from. With mental training, this person can now practice how to better cope with this situation.
So the goal is not to find the cause of the fear, but to experience the same situation without fear. In contrast to psychotherapy, the approach of mental training is solution-oriented. The client does not have to re-think themself into the possibly terrible situation, but gradually learns, through various techniques such as hypnosis, to no longer perceive the situation as threatening. Note that this is not the so-called show hypnosis! In hypnosis, the client is merely in deep relaxation and is an active part of finding a solution. He can end the session at any time and then remember everything. In case you still have reservations: there are also other techniques of mental training in which the client is fully awake and which also work very well.
How can you benefit from mental training?
Mental training can not only help overcome fear, but can also help you to finally achieve your goals, get rid of annoying habits and fully use your own potential. With targeted training of the mind one develops new ways of thinking and habits. Professional athletes and top managers have been using these techniques for a long time.
Mental training has been shown to have a positive effect on health and wellbeing. A healthy level of self-esteem and confidence through good thoughts lead to a better quality of life.