Overriding the limbic system
If we would be able to see inside of our brain when our eyes meet some object of our delight (clothes, shoes, a beautiful woman, a handsome man), you would see a massive amount of electrical activity firing from the limbic system to your cortex.
Your emotional brain is telling your thinking brain what to do.
Well, there are some good and some bad news. The good news is that you can override the tendency of your limbic system to let emotions control your life. The bad news is that it takes effort and time!
Be consistent and you will obtain amazing results.
Take out a piece of paper and pen and write three benefits you can thank of if emotions didn’t control your life. Take 2-3 minutes and make sure not to move until you’ve written down these benefits.
I wrote mine as well:
Be less stressed
Save more money
Be more productive
It is very important to keep the list somewhere you can see it. When things get tough, this will serve as a great motivator.
How to stop worrying so much
Our main goal is to reverse the default pathway of your brain from the limbic system to the cortex. In other words, we are trying to get your brain’s cortex telling the limbic system what to do.
These 5 steps will help to override your limbic system. They require delving into your thoughts. Write your thoughts on paper so you can remember the five steps and provide context to fleeting thoughts. So, check them out:
1. Examine your irrational beliefs
Some illogical beliefs can lead us to see a threat in cases where no threat exists. To retreat your worries, make sure to find a more realistic balance between your ideal and your actual self.
2. Learn how to talk your way through your feelings
Substitute your negative way of thinking with more neutral or positive thoughts. In cognitive-behavioral therapy, clients learn to counter their illogical thoughts with more clear-headed evaluation.
3. Set your feelings aside when you make important decisions
Most people easily get swayed by emotional arguments. It is very important to separate logic from emotion in order to make fair and reasoned choices!
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