You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self... to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.~Ephesians 4:22-24
Every time we have a thought, our brains release chemicals. When we have a sad, angry, anxious, hopeless, or helpless thought, our brains release chemicals that make us feel awful. Dr. Daniel Amen says negative thoughts make our hands colder, our muscles more tense, our breathing shallower, and our brainwaves disorganized.
When we have happy, hopeful, encouraging, loving and connected thoughts, our brain releases and comp[letely different set of chemicals. Our hands get warmer, our muscles relax, and our breathing becomes slower and deeper.
Suppressing automatic negative thoughts doesn't work. Instead we need to notice them, put words to them, and replace them with what we know to be true. "Isaiah 41:10 says, "Do not fear, for I am with you...I will strengthen you and help you." Good words to help turn the negative into a positive.
Pay attention to the thoughts that go through your mind. re they positive aor negative? How do they make you feel?
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Refocusing your thoughts with the truth of God's presence and help will refresh your body and soul, and may get you through the harder times