War On Your Mind

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Spiritual War for Your Mind

The mind is your battleground

Fought on a spiritual level

God gave you life

But the Devil tries to take it

You end up confused

Sometimes dazed too

But evilness does not care

It’s better for you to be in despair

God warns us every day

But our soul gets lost

Our mind fights even during the night

Are dreams reality or just imagination?

How long can this fight go on?

As long as you live it will continue on . . .

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Camping In Your Brain

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Alcohol Loves The Human Brain

Whether it be through your genes, environmental experiences or simple curiosity, once alcohol enters your bloodstream, it salivates its way to your brain, smoothly crossing your blood-brain barrier and camping for as long as it can; tonight it has found a home and your brain is it! If you are already vulnerable, such as experiencing emotional pain, suffering from a mental illness or the victim of peer pressure, you will quickly learn that alcohol is like a potion, quickly numbing away your painful experience. Once booze and your brain shake hands, call it a deal made in hell.

Does this mean that you are now prone to developing an addiction? Not necessarily. Is it possible? Absolutely. Many people with anxiety disorders or depression love alcohol. The substance helps lubricate their shyness, fears, anxieties and low mood, but only in the moment! Once your brain soaks up all the ethanol like a sponge, it crashes: you feel hungover or even worse you start to experience withdrawal effects such as tremors, anxiety, restlessness, sweating, insomnia, excessive thoughts of acquiring more alcohol and even seizures, shaking, confusion and hallucinations, something known as delirium tremens.

Why does alcohol love your brain so much? Or simply reversed, why do you like alcohol so much? I’ll let you answer those questions.

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You Write The Rules

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Chapter 2: Outside Forces

How do you know that you have control over yourself? How do you know that you’re being yourself? How do you know that your thoughts aren’t being manipulated or influenced by your environment? How do you know? Everything you do is influenced by your surroundings, even when you think that you are in control. Now this doesn’t mean that you aren’t enjoying your experience; you may very well be celebrating quite often that is! But please understand that you are being influenced every second of your celebrated experience.

Who are these outside forces? Everyone who is part of your reality: movements outside your window, strangers passing you down the street, marijuana smokers staring outside their windows, parking garage employees, liquor store workers, friends, family, social media, the news and the list goes on. Do you get my point yet? Even if you have a strong grip on your reality, your mind is being influenced. Keep in mind that influence does not necessarily equate to manipulation.

What is influence and what is manipulation? Being influenced to think, feel or behave in a certain way can be a good thing; it’s not always bad. Being manipulated can be good or bad but it’s always at the advantage of the person or entity who is doing it. Also keep in mind that you can be influenced and manipulated by the internet, television, podcasts, apps, billboards and books; it doesn’t always have to be by people.

The bottom line: step outside the box once in a while.

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Dr. Alexander’s DSMReady Podcast

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Your insecurities do not manifest from outside sources. Outside forces have an impact on how you feel every single day, but it always comes down to you on how to handle the effects of outside forces and cleaning up your insecurities before they become worse. Rather than blaming others for how you’re feeling, take action into your own hands by managing your insecurities through different vehicles, such as exercising, mindfulness, therapy or talking to a close friend or family member. You are the master of your mind. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/doctoralexander/support
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  5. Social Media Toxicity
  6. Psychiatric Labeling
  7. Analyzing Your Life
  8. Manipulating Your Mental Health
  9. Experiencing Panic Attacks
  10. Thankful State of Mind

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The Box Will Always Be Full

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So Think Outside The Box Already

How long will you keep ignoring your inner urge to seek the truth? Even when you’re presented with tad bits of revelations, you rewind back to your comfort zone of trusting your present reality, as if somehow it were the accurate narrative; this is your psychological defense mechanism hardwired into your mind. Sometimes defense mechanisms have to be snapped in order to evolve as a human being; the alternative is to continue in your present state of mind, which may not be satisfactory or purposeful to your growth as a human being.

Many people never leave the box because they either never think to do so; don’t care enough to do so; don’t know how to do so, or leave but quickly return back to their comfort zone. Let’s provide an example: ever since you’re born, you have been surrounded by authority figures. These figures have included your parents, the educational system and the government of your respective nation. When in the world have you ever been alone and free?

It’s no wonder that every time you attempt to leave the box, you start to experience psychological discomfort and come running back telling yourself, “I have trust in our government, I have trust in the system, I have trust in the process.” As it has already been said, the box will always be full, but are you willing to leave square one and upgrade, perhaps even exponentially, to higher pyramidal levels?

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Your Life Is A Dream

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So Snap Out Of It More Often

Everything regarding the way you interpret reality stems from the most important organ in your presence: the brain. How you think and view the world is based on your personality and interpretation of your surroundings. If you can match your personality with an accurately honest, portrait of society, then you can proceed to viewing and observing reality for how it is meant to be viewed. But once you allow your mind to be influenced by outside forces (i.e. political influences, the entertainment industry or even dishonest conspiracies, etc.), you become more susceptible to programming or the manipulation of your mind, oftentimes without you even noticing it.

So take what you can from society that is still good and add it to your arsenal. But always remember that it’s your mind that is most precious, so snap out of it more often to keep it in check from outside forces! Protect your mind for it roams openly in a dangerous land, ready to be attacked at any minute by invisible forces.

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I Am Free Of Internal Noise

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Positive Affirmation: Internal Chatterbox

“I am free of internal noise which constantly whispers negative messages into my mind and attempts to degrade me on a daily basis. I am free of this internal noise because I have full control over my mind and I decide what comes in and goes out. I am the master of my mind and no outside force can influence it without my permission!”

Psychological War

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Coronavirus Eating My Brain Away

Times have really changed during the last couple of months. Countries all over the world are battling a viral pandemic that is not only affecting the human body, but the mind as well. The virus is causing great damage to not only the elderly but young folks with no comorbidities. More hospitals in the U.S. and Italy are seeing younger people being admitted and even intubated! This virus is causing panic and skyrocketing anxiety levels; it has become a psychological war.

Store shelves all across the world are emptying at an alarming rate. Walmart and other big chains are decreasing their employee work hours. Countries in Europe such as France, Italy and Spain are under nationwide lockdowns. Public events such as sporting games, concerts and shows have all been canceled.

This virus is now even causing anxiety from one’s home. You don’t even have to leave your living room to feel anxious; your perception on reality is slowly changing. You’re starting to view society as a dangerous place to be. But then again, you don’t want to remain locked inside your home because you want to continue living a normal life.

So you’re gridlocked; you either isolate yourself in your home or you take a chance and go about in society. Either way, your anxiety has never been this high. Psychiatric patients are also suffering more, especially those with a preexisting anxiety disorder or OCD. Those with anxiety are even more worried about their everyday lives and those with OCD are washing their hands until they turn red.

The coronavirus is slowly entering our minds and controlling us. It wants us paralyzed with fear. It whispers to us, “If I can’t get you sick physically, at least I’ll torture you mentally.” Many of us can control our anxiety and go about living our normal lives, but many people are vulnerable to freezing and allowing their preexisting mental illness to get the better half of them.

The most important thing to remember during these types of psychological wars is to remain positive and go about living your normal life without fear. Once you allow fear to plant a seed in your mind, you become a victim before anything even hatches. Take care of your physical health by washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, eating healthy and exercising and maintaining a positive outlook on life.

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Taking A Break From Yourself

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Giving Your Ego A Break

Your ego is the mask that you put on in the morning, along with your outfit and hair product. While the latter two are necessary, you can leave the former tucked into your bedroom from time to time. Taking a break from yourself is done by giving your ego a break at the same time. The ego is your sense of self-esteem or self-importance.

Taking a break from yourself is important because it helps you to integrate new thoughts, beliefs and information without overloading your state of mind. You can do this by leaving your ego at home from time to time; give it days off where it can relax and take a breather. What holds people back from doing this is the fear of vulnerability without their ego present.

Whenever you are stroking your ego on a consistent basis, you’re contributing to its inflation; it only grows bigger and bigger is not always better. Bigger egos contribute to more emotional insecurity and uncertainty, poorer relationships and riskier behaviors and decision-making. Bigger egos inflate your natural (healthy) narcissistic traits; natural is good, but supernatural is risky.

Over time, you’ll actually feel better about yourself after having given your ego sufficient breaks. So the question arises, “if I’m leaving my ego at home and my ego is my mask, then what will I be wearing today?” This can be answered with, “why do you have to wear something on your face?”

People want to see the authentic you, and nothing shines brighter than your true self minus the ego. The ego is not meant to be worn every day; utilize it when you need it most, like important meetings, dates, job interviews or any situations that require you to put on your best performance.

But these situations should not be every day, and you should learn to utilize your ego less and less, even in high-pressure situations. The more comfortable that you become without your ego, the more confident, relaxed and joyful you will feel. And your ego will also become a better representation of yourself, when given sufficient time to unwind and rest in the comforts of your bedroom.

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Reading Body Language

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Mental Health And Body Language

If you take away anything from this article, it’s that body language speaks louder than words. Especially during childhood and adolescence, words and expressions often have a much greater impact on communication than body language does. But reading body language can be mastered even at a young age, such as when girls attempt to show boys that they are not interested in them.

As one ages and matures, body language starts to become more obvious in everyday interactions. But believe it or not, many people don’t master reading body language because they don’t pay attention to it: it either doesn’t come naturally for them or they continue to make the same mistake of carelessly ignoring it.

Reading body language will divulge much more valuable and honest information about one’s character than the words coming out of their mouth. Why is that? Because body language is controlled by the unconscious mind, while words are specifically chosen in the moment.

No one deliberately controls their body language: “I’m going to cross my legs now in order to show someone that I have patience.” Body movements happen on an unconscious level and can be utilized to your advantage to learn more about someone’s character. Think of it like a cheat code: you can abstract information about how someone thinks and feels without even hearing them speak!

Except that it’s not a cheat code: it’s reality. Mental health also comes into play regarding body language. In behavioral health, this is called someone’s “affect”: how you perceive their body language in regards to their mood. One may state that their mood is “depressed” and their affect may by congruent: slouched position, sad face, maybe even tears.

Utilize body language to interpret your family members’ and friends’ mental health. If their posture and the way that they carry themselves is not mood-congruent, then you know that something is up with their mental health. An even more effective tool to add to your social toolbox is listening more than talking, while observing one’s body language!

If you can effectively listen and observe one’s body language without talking too much, you are setting yourself up nicely for understanding one’s character. Always remember that body language speaks louder than words. If you can master reading body language, you will increase your emotional intelligence and prosper in the realm of socialization.

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