Your Thoughts Greatly Influence Your Emotions

Think about the last time you were sad or angry about something outside of your control. How did you feel about those around you? You may not have been very nice, right? This happens because, whether you realize it or not, your thoughts greatly influence your emotions and responses.


Emotions Control Unconscious Behavior

Emotions originate in the unconscious mind, and they influence the automatic reactions which are beyond our control. Think of it this way, when you have fearful or stressful thoughts, your heart rate increases and you may start to sweat. You don’t control either of these reactions, but they occur as automatic responses, just because of the thoughts you were having.

And often times these unconscious behaviors can affect or seem to cause your emotions. In the above example, when your heart rate increases and you start to sweat, this may cause you to feel agitated, and if you aren’t careful, you may lash out at those around you.


Thought Loops Can Lead To Long Lasting Negative Behaviors

When your thoughts are in control your emotions, the conscious mind is unable to filter and reject inappropriate responses. This can lead to damaged relationships and negative beliefs, especially when these thoughts cycle over and over. Trauma is a good example where memories generate negative responses, leading to high levels of anxiety, and the person repeats the cycle over and over, unable to control it.

This can cause them to go through their days with their heart rate elevated and feeling more fearful. This fear can trigger debilitating panic attacks, loss of self-confidence, low self-esteem, and deteriorating mental health. 

Long term conditions, such as depression, are made worse by the repeating thought loop… as negative thoughts are repeated, over and over. This repetition leads to adopting the messages as truths, and the cycle continues, and progressively gets worse and worse.

Working On Your Thoughts To Help Your Emotional Balance

Gaining control over your thoughts and your emotions is essential to reach a balance and enjoy life.  

One of the most effective methods is through the use of Hypnotherapy, which can stop the damaging thought loops, replacing the responses with positive and supportive emotions.  

Self-hypnosis, Meditation, Journaling, Mindfulness are all activities that can assist you in discovering which thoughts are causing these negative emotions. Once identified, you can sit down and work out why these memories or thoughts lead to the emotions. 

You can then implement a plan to counteract the negative responses with positive emotions.


When In Doubt, Clear Your Mind

For those who struggle with controlling the thoughts which affect your emotions, you can really benefit from clearing your mind. The most effective way to work on clearing your mind is by spending some time, each day, in self-hypnosis or meditation.

And the best part is, you don’t have to be trained in meditation to benefit from it. Simply take a few minutes every day where you sit quietly and check in with all the parts of your body. 

You can also download an app to guide you. Regardless of what you pick, you’ll find you feel much more emotionally in control after a period of meditation.

Conclusion

The first step to gaining better control of your emotions and emotional responses to be aware of your thoughts. Learning to control your thoughts will lead to controlling your emotions, and the responses generated by the unconscious mind. 

You can start this process by stopping those negative thought-loops, counteracting negative thoughts with positive memories, and clearing your mind. 

Before you know it, you’ll be living a new life where you control your emotions.