The mind-body relationship is becoming more evident thanks to the advent of modern science. Likewise, the link between our thoughts and emotions is also becoming better known. Research has demonstrated an apparent correlation between good emotions and strong psychology.
Our thoughts and our emotions both form a circle reinforcing the other. Negative thoughts will generate emotions of a similar nature, and these emotions will then result in more negative thoughts. This creates a vicious pattern most clearly observed in patients with PTSD and other traumas. It is challenging for these people to break free, and the events keep recurring in their minds.
Over time, such patients heal to an extent. The primary way to heal is gradual, as these patients can focus their energies on things they enjoy, so the memories fail to repeat themselves and lose some of their previous force. Calming therapeutic modalities work over time to gently alleviate these traumas. However, modern society is anything but therapeutic.
On the other hand, healthy emotions are linked with success and powerful psychology. Happier people have more success and better interpersonal relationships. They have better concentration, memory, and social skills. It is far easier to succeed when you have a positive emotional framework as a foundation than to struggle internally.
How to Manage The Relationship
Everybody is in a situation where they need to manage their thoughts and emotions better. It takes some time, but there are proven ways to reinforce the strengths of our thoughts and emotions. These include:
- Deep Communication
- Creative Work
Meditation and mindfulness are practices where we observe what is happening in our minds. This is very beneficial in a world that is so externally orientated. We can watch how we feel and how these thoughts stimulate certain emotions. Over time, we can catch the negative thoughts before they gain too much momentum and ruin the day.
Deep communication is another technique where we work with a therapist or practitioner to document and analyse our patterns for further insights.
Creative work is about self-expression. An intense dedication to creative work is an excellent way to remove negative tendencies. We are so focused on artistic inventions that we are not focusing our energies on the things that make us weak. This works far more quickly than meditation and mindfulness if we find something genuinely passionate about.