Winning Battle Within Your Mind: It's Time for Freedom
By Golda Smith
Have you ever been in a knock down drag out fight with your thoughts? I don’t mean “should I have a whole bagel or half a bagel?” I’m talking about the voices that try to convince us that we don’t have what it takes to follow our dreams.There is a battle happening in your mind every day whether you realize it or not.
Just the other day my phone rang. I looked at the caller id, because I don’t take unscheduled calls during my business hours. The caller was a very dear friend of mine. I was tempted to answer only because I had unsuccessfully tried to connect with him for months.
You see the last time we spoke we were having lunch in a neighborhood Chinese restaurant. He was sharing with me that he was feeling ostracized by his business partners. It was affecting his sleep, his marriage, his self esteem…his life.
I was honored that he felt safe enough to share this with me. He knew that I had my own battle with depression and made it through the darkest storms. Yet, I didn’t know how to reach him. All I could do at the time was refer him to someone that I had great respect for and pray with him. I’m glad to share with you that he my friend did make that call. Sadly, he never committed to long term care and I did not hear from him again until recently.
The first thing he asked was “has anyone called you about me?” Talk about paranoia. I’m not sure that he believed me when I told him that no one called me about him, although it was the truth.
It was clear from our short discussion that he was battling with some major negative and destructive emotions. The mind…your mind, is a powerful thing. It can make you feel ten feet tall and capable of taking on the world or smaller than a church mouse unable to lift your little finger.
From time to time, I still have my moments when I want to stay in bed, pull the comforter over my head and not do anything. However, I fight the resistance and remember that it’s not about me and how I feel. You see, feelings often lie and when they do, I get moving. Here are some tips on how to win the battle going on within your mind.
Keep a journal- I find it very difficult to remain in a depressed state when I make myself write at least 5 things that I am grateful for that day. Something as simple as being thankful for the breath in my body or that I have clean sheets to sleep on.
Get moving- No matter how tired I am I always feel energized after a workout. This morning, truth be told, I didn’t want to exercise. However, I knew that my kettlebell workout was only 20 minutes long. Who doesn’t have 20 minutes? So glad I committed to it and finished. Got my sweat on and my body and mind were thankful.
Read something uplifting- What are you putting into your mind? Read, yes read even if it’s 10 minutes. Pick up your bible or whatever holy book you study and meditate on some scriptures. I highly recommend, the Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer…LOVE that book.
Listen to music- Music makes my soul happy. There are some songs that always make me smile. I like to grab my ipod shuffle when I go for a run or a brisk walk. I’ll even have it on when I go to sleep.
Who’s on your team? Who’s speaking love over your life? Who is encouraging you to be your best? Make sure that the people you are spending your time with aren’t infecting you with negativity.
These are some things that have helped me win the battle within my mind. Of course if you need to seek professional help, get it, there is no shame in that. I don’t know what the future holds for my dear friend but I did let him know that I’m here for him and I understand what he’s going through. I also know that every day there is a battle going on in your mind. You can believe that lies or stand in the truth that you were designed for greatness. When you stand in that truth…watch what happened when you believe.