How Goal Mapping Can give you Positive Mental health

On the 13th day of Advent, D365 shared with me…
How to have good mental health over the Christmas Season!

So, on the lead up to Christmas we can all tend to get into a bit of a spin. Whether it be:

  • Work, having to do a weeks’ worth of work in less time.
  • Family & Friends, the stress of having to attend family events and in some cases eating to Christmas meals so you don’t upset family members.
  • The Financial burden of who to buy gifts for and the cost of hosting because you have done it for years
  • Physical Health, The Impact of cold weather making us want to stay in bed and stay close to the indoor heating eating mince pies and chocolates.

Do you want to know how you can have a peaceful and Joyful Christmas where you learn how to stay mentally and physically healthy through the festive season and the new year?

Goal Mapping is where we can start.

What is Goal Mapping?

Goal setting is a natural function of the brain. Every decision you make is a goal which triggers a subconscious process that transforms that decision into an action and ultimately, a result.

If you understand that you don’t feel sad or take actions to eat the chocolate even if you don’t want it does not happen without a thought first. It is identifying that thought that can then make changes to the outcomes in your life.

Everything that you experience in life starts with a thought. It is so important to understand that what you are thinking is affecting how you are feeling and then that impacts on your actions.

Becoming a master of setting goals i.e. Intentions in your life can change and improve your mental health. 

Goals do not have to be big things like I am going to run a marathon they can be simple, consider small things like saying no to what you don’t want to do and yes to only the things you do want to do. These simple words can and will have the biggest impact on your life and your mental wellbeing. The smallest changes in our life’s tend to have the biggest impact on our wellbeing and health.

Where traditional goal setting techniques focus on left-brain words and endless repetition, Goal Mapping uses words and imagery. The language of the subconscious.

By creating a goal map the whole of your brain is activated and your goals are impacted on your subconscious which works like your personal autopilot to move you towards the things you desire.

This is why Goal mapping is the master skill of success and mental wellbeing in all areas of your life.  It is a powerful life empowerment programme.

Let’s start with positive thinking.

Inside your head you and everyone else have around a hundred billion brain-cells, and each one grows arms called dendrites. All of the arms are separated by a slight gap known as the ‘synaptic gap’. When you have a thought you spark an impulse in the centre of the brain-cell that travels out along the dendrite arms seeking to make connection with another arm, so that your thought can spread to form a pattern of understanding, a train of thought.

What is positive thinking?

If the thought you have is positive, whether about yourself, your life, or a single situation, the positive impulse triggers the release of a chemical called serotonin from the end of the dendrite arms. Serotonin is the chemical that gives you the feeling of happiness and wellbeing. It also acts as a conductor bridging the ‘synaptic gap’ and allows your thought to continue on its journey.

If, however, the thought you have is negative, then you trigger the release of a different chemical, a substance called cortisone, which gives you the feeling of sadness and depression, and also works like an insulator, effectively blocking or limiting the free-flow of thoughts and ideas.

So in essence, thinking ‘you can’ releases the chemicals and creates the brain-cell connections that in turn births new ideas or answers. Thinking ‘you can’t’ blocks the freeflow of thought, which results in seeing more of the problem and feeling strong reasons for giving up altogether.

The Goal Mapping system helps activate your whole-brain, hold a positive thought about what you want to achieve, and follow a strategy to move towards it.

How to prepare your Map

Watch the videos and create your goal map for Christmas.

Please see mine: here.

Want to Create a personal and professional goal for 2022

Find out more:

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Marjorie Grant has put together this wonderful blog on how Goal Mapping can help your mental health. Make sure to take a look at her Mental Health Goal Map for Christmas & New Year to read more!

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