Neuroplasticity or brain rewiring, is becoming increasingly popular in the fields of psychology and neuroscience. Research on neuroplasticity continues to consistently prove its effectiveness in addressing numerous physical, emotional and mental issues as well as improving overall health and wellbeing. The great news is that anyone can rewire their brain for positive change.
If you are considering rewiring your brain for better sleep, better eating habits or to improve any other aspect of your life, there are several fundamental rules you should be aware of. These can be considered the fundamentals of successful brain rewiring.
- Your brain must be “in the mood”
Your brain has a mind of its own, if you will. Rewiring will not be possible unless your brain releases the neurochemicals necessary to promote change. How do you do this? By getting your brain into the right mood.
When you practice rewiring techniques, you need to be alert, focused, grounded in the present and fully engaged. If you are distracted and disengaged, your brain will not be bothered to initiate change. If your efforts are unmotivated and halfhearted, you are sending your brain the message that what you are doing is not important enough for it to act upon.
- Motivation equals change
This rule is similar to the one above. In addition to being alert and engaged, you must let your brain know that you are extremely motivated and desirous of change.
The more motivated and committed you are to making a real change, the faster your resilient and amazing brain will embrace the change – and the greater that change will be.
Your brain literally acts upon your thoughts and beliefs. IF your belief in yourself and in your ability to change is not strong enough, you may see little or no change at all.
- Practice leads to stronger neuron connections
Rewiring your brain essentially means getting it to form stronger neuron connections to behaviors you want to enforce. As these connections become stronger, they will begin to become a habit.
The more you practice, the stronger these neural connections will fire together. Over time, these connections will create a neural pathway, which is essentially a new habit. Again, the more you practice, the faster the new pathway will be formed.
- Expect changes to be gradual
If you are expecting to see overnight changes, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Old habits die hard and new habits take time to form. Changes will be slow and gradual and may take several months. However, even the small changes you begin to experience should be enough to keep you motivated.
Remember as well that change will be temporary unless you continue to practice until a new neural pathway is formed and the desired change becomes a habit.
When you begin to rewire your brain, it will record the initial change. However, it will not make the change permanent unless it perceives that it is significant and important for you. Only through continuous practice will the brain make the change permanent.
Your brain is an amazing organ that actually wants to work with you and not against you. It is flexible, resilient and it loves the challenge of learning new things.
Rewiring your brain can transform your life on many levels. IT can help you break negative habits, improve your health, boost your level of productivity and improve your relationships. IT is an endeavor that is well worth the effort and success is guaranteed if you follow the fundamental rules discussed above.