I’m not sure how your brain works. In fact, I’m not even really sure how my brain works and I carry it around with me! I don’t mean in the actual, legit neurons and synapses kind of way — I just mean in the what-are-you-thinking kind of way.
Lately, it seems my brain is on overdrive — but only in the background. It’s like listening to the whirling of an old computer that’s working really, really hard but when you look at the screen it’s just the regular desktop.
My allergies have been creating chaos with my breathing and I generally feel pretty exhausted. But my brain hasn’t gotten the memo. It keeps runnin’, runnin’, and runnin’, runnin’! Haha! See what I mean.
Anyway, I thought I would share a fun word with you about thinking!
Yep, you read that right. It’s not cel-e-brate. It’s CER-E-BRATE.
Wanna know what it means?
According to Dictionary.com it means “to use the mind; think or think about.”
So, no, I’m not just sitting around being lazy — I’m CEREBRATING! 🙂
Cerebrating can be a wonderful thing but it can also be a dangerous thing. If you’re anything like me, then you understand this sentiment. It’s only a hop, skip, and jump from a happy thought to one in which the world crumbs because option 2 was selected. Things can quickly go from simple to complex faster than chocolate cookies disappear in my house.
It’s no small feat to keep the brain cerebrating in a healthy way, especially when the body is under attack from whatever stupid allergen is invading my nostrils.
I won’t claim that I’ve achieved anything great. After all, I’m still a work in progress! However, I’ve been practicing five things that keep my cerebrating celebrating.
This is one that I struggle with. My brain often likes to run away without me. However, I’m learning that I’m in control of my brain and not the other way around. It’s not always easy to reign my thoughts back in but I’ve found so much more happiness now that it’s becoming a habit.
I do this by listening to my own thoughts. If they start running too fast — I tell them to slow down. They don’t generally listen so I practice thinking the thoughts I’ve already thought but this time slower. This helps me to dissect the thoughts and process them as they should be processed. I’ve had some great thoughts establish plans and some lousy thoughts find their way to the trash this way.
2.Acknowledge the Negative
Negative thoughts come with my cerebrating. Now that I’m paying attention to my own thoughts, I’m realizing how much control they had. It was a scary realization to find out how much of my life was being controlled by negative thoughts. Sometimes those thought weren’t terrible but they were telling me to “do this” or “work harder” to keep up. Sometimes they were terrible and in many ways harmful.
However, when I slowed down, I was able to inspect these negative thoughts. I acknowledged them. I listened to them. And then I picked them apart! I laughed at some of the places my brain would go because I was giving myself way to much credit for how the world works. Other times, I wasn’t giving myself enough credit.
3.Re-direct to Green Pastures
As I acknowledged the negative thoughts, I began trashing the things I could. But I ended up with empty space that would fill again with negative thoughts. I filled these spaces with Truth.
When I inspected the lies, I re-thought about the scenario my brain created. I re-created a more realistic situation and thoughts of all the good things that could happen. The obstacles and barriers were made into starting lines for action plans.
I didn’t just create action plans, I began stepping into them. Sometimes this meant organizing Pinterest and sometimes this meant changing a weekly routine. Whatever the situation, I allowed myself grace and a chance to grow into this new healthy direction.
Sure, it’s not always smooth sailing but that’s okay — I’m better off here than I was before I allowed all those negative thoughts to have control.
5.Mentally Accept the Consequences
There are consequences for slowing down, taking control, and re-directing thoughts. Sometimes it means that it takes me longer to create a plan. Sometimes it means that I look “lazy.” Sometimes it means that I don’t post to Instagram because my brain is too busy re-learning to think and can’t think of something awesome to post.
I have to accept these consequences as they arise. But I’m okay with these results because my cerebrating is healthier. And as my thinking improves so does my life in general!
Cerebrating truly is a wonderful word — especially when it’s done in a healthy manner!