Mind Over Matter

In the blink of eye July has ended and August has begun. As time flies by, people like me are attempting to keep up with the fast-pace of the world while also simultaneously  trying to get ahead of the curve, and remembering how important it is to slow down and take time for yourself. Trying to do three conflicting things at one time proves to be a bit difficult. Imagine playing catch up, working to get ahead and also remembering to take a  pause all at the same time. You probably do it, too, without realizing it. Sometimes it’s better that way.

July, a month usually irrelevant to me other than America’s birthday, has actually proven to be one of the most eventful and fun months of 2023 thus far. I started off celebrating the month strong on the first with my boyfriend’s birthday and continued filling the month with exciting events up until the last weekend. Multiple birthday parties, a going away dinner, a housewarming and an all-inclusive vacation to Mexico filled up every weekend of the long month.

Now I will not sit here and complain that I was too busy in July doing exciting things, but I will explain how doing those activities that stray you away from your regular routines can cause angst and anxiety.

Routines are important and if you know me, you know that I have multiple of them. Whether it’s a working out routine, a sleeping schedule, a morning routine or even a Sunday routine, I have them all. Of course I enjoy spontaneity at times, to the point where I even crave it, but in order for that craving- I need routine implemented into my life. I find that it is easier to feel like I have control over the narrative when daily routines are practiced. And, by applying said routines into my life for years now, it has become crucial to my mental health and overall well-being. When things break these routines (i.e. all-inclusive vacations, lots of birthday cake and midnight celebrations) I struggle to get myself back into it. I don’t know why I find it so difficult to get back into a routine after breaking it. It’s like I’ve been doing the same thing for months straight, but I miss one day and now everything is out of whack. That’s how you know the human brain is enormously complex. In order to cope with all of the aforementioned struggles, I use the power of our enormously complex brains to my advantage.

We all know the relative term “mind over matter“, but have you ever actually applied it to your real life?

Mind over matter is a term I find myself toying with daily. Mind over matter is a situation in which someone is able to control a physical condition, problem, etc., by using the mind. Just by using the mind! It’s not as easy as it sounds, seems like nothing ever is, but I have found myself using the power of my mind when stressed, when working out, when feeling over emotional, when I need to get excited, or motivated. Using the simple power of mind over matter can push you through. Where you feel like you either can’t do it or are close to giving up, tricking your brain into thinking you are your most powerful self yields successful results.

Some may call it mafiesting, but I think it is more proactive than that. Eventually when you trick your brain into thinking or doing something, you will do that said thing. Successful people think successful thoughts. Motivated people think motivating thoughts. Positive people think about positive thoughts. I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. Currently, I am working on those motivational thoughts. Thoughts that will help kick my brain back into my daily routines. Even though my body is craving the exact opposite of my brain knows it should be craving, the brain will always win. I don’t have the answer to why any of this happens. I have just found that I am not alone and the feeling is more relatable than one would think. Due to that relatability, rather than figure out the why, I just decided to figure out a solution. My solution being the power of my brain.

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