I published a devotion called, What Are You Thinking About? and felt it needed some practical suggestions to make it complete.  So, here are just a few tips you could implement to help keep your thoughts in check.

11 Practical Steps to Help You Control Your Thoughts11 PRACTICAL STEPS TO HELP YOU CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS

  1. Practice Breathing Exercises
  2. Decrease Stress In Your Life
  3. Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet of Nutritious Food
  4. Decrease Intake of processed, chemically created foods and drinks
  5. Read Your Bible to help bring peace and renew your thinking
  6. Spend time meditating on God’s Word
  7. Put encouraging Scripture verses on cue-cards and strategically place them for easy access and frequent visibility
  8. Spend time in prayer, brining your anxious thoughts to Him for help
  9. Read Books That can help heal your soul wounds
  10. Get Counseling to help heal your soul wounds
  11. Talk to your doctor if you’ve done all these things and can’t get control of your thoughts

This list was not meant to condemn you, but to help you.

If controlling your thought life is an issue for you, then begin to work towards getting your soul healthy, so your mind can think right. There are great books to help you heal wounds you’ve experienced to your mind, will, and emotions.  I recommend getting counseling because too often you can’t see the hidden things of your hearts and counselors are trained professionals to help you unearth what’s been buried, so it doesn’t keep popping up in your life {usually at the worst times}. If you’ve been working on getting your soul healthy, reading your Bible and praying on a regular basis but you can’t seem to get a handle on your thoughts (the meditations of your heart), then you might be struggling with depression or anxiety, or both.

An inability to control your thoughts is a clinical marker for depression.  

I have created a page on my website to help discuss many of these issues.  I’m not a health-care professional by any means but have experienced these struggles myself and so do close family members. As a result, I’ve done a lot of research and it’s helping so many people. Click here to explore my mental health page and find resources that might help you, especially the videos at the bottom of the page.

“May the words of my mouth
the meditations of my heart
be pleasing to you”
~Psalm 19:14 NLT 

Soul H2OIf you liked the refreshing in this #SoulH2O devotion, you’ll love my latest Soul H2O Devotional book: 40 Thirst Quenching Devotions for Women.

Sherry Stahl