A little while ago, I came across a theory stating that you cannot solve any of your problems using the same brain that created them. In other words, we should change our negative mindset before making any decisions. I don’t know about you but, when I was upset and someone said: “take a walk,” or “do a workout,” or, my personal favorite, to “take a deep breath,” I wanted to tell them to “f-right-off!” Like, “how-dare-you-try-to-change-my-mind-when-I-am-clearly-distressed-and-want-to-dissect-every-single-piece-of-what-I-am-feeling-before-I-reexplain-it-about-75-thousand-times-to-my-entire-entourage-who-will-indulge-me-until-I-am-no-longer-manageable!” LOL! Thankfully, after a few more years of accumulated insight, I realized just how small-minded that was.
Once again, science has given me the evidence to understand the benefits of using simple distractions to change your mindset. In a nutshell, when we go about our day, our brains are using beta waves. While beta waves can be very helpful in allowing us to focus and complete our tasks, too much beta yields high arousal and anxiety. If we are stressed most of the day, we are in high beta and high beta (which is conducive to high anxiety) will not allow you to make the best decisions to optimize your day…week…month…year…life. You must find a way to get yourself out of high beta and into either lower beta waves or even alpha waves occasionally (alpha waves help us calm down and promote feelings of deep relaxation; often times, people achieve alpha waves with breathing exercises, yoga, or meditation).
Sooooo, “taking a walk,” or “doing a workout,” or “taking a deep breath” have much more value than you might have originally thought! Engaging in activities like these will change your brainwave state thereby making you see the world differently; influencing you to see opportunities you would not have seen, or encouraging you to make decisions you would not have made in your higher brain wave states. Pretty useful! Pretty cool.