Not only does your brain have an immune system, but you can also boost it. Behavioral scientists say that this type of immune system connects to your self-esteem, self-worth, and self-concept. But how do you boost your brain’s immune system?
Did You Know Your Brain has an Immune System?
The term “psychological immune system” was created by psychologists Daniel Gilbert and Timothy D. Wilson. It’s the idea that the brain protects the self, or self-image, from whatever threatens it like an immune system would.
So what do you do when your self-image or self-worth is being attacked?
Positive Self Talk
Just like you would point out all the wonderful things about your friends, do the same for yourself. Remind yourself that you are loved and are valuable.
Make sure to keep a line between being positive but not arrogant.
Don’t Use Bad Coping Mechanisms
It’s easy to slip into bad habits when times get tough. Bad coping mechanisms are like binge-watching Netflix to avoid your problems. Maybe drinking three glasses of alcohol instead of the one you planned.
Avoidance is your brain’s immune system’s tactic, even if it’s not good in the long run. It’s always good to go with the long term solution instead of the immediate one.
Exercise is known to reduce stress and anxiety, and many people experience a better mood when they finish—even taking a short walk counts.
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