How Your Mental State Is Affected By Mind Wandering
So much focus is given to the heart in this age of romanticized everything that we forget the value and the power of our brains – the power to think of ways to change our lives and others’, the power to dictate the decisions we make, the power to remember and to forget. But then, unfortunately, our mind tends to wander and explore places beyond the direction to our goals, leading us to find difficulty in completing tasks that were supposed to serve as stepping stones.
In pursuit of a framework that would help in better understanding of mental disorders, some scientists began to study the results of a research published before in Nature Reviews Neuroscience. The study includes how the wandering mind relates to mental illnesses like anxiety, depression, as well as ADHD.
Anxiety arises when our mind wandering is coupled with our fears. Our fears tend to constrain the contents of our mind wandering, drawing us to the same thoughts that are usually causing worry in us. In the paper, a notion of dreaming as mind wandering is presented where the same brain regions or mode network is activated and the state we are in during REM sleep or rapid eye movement sleep causes a constrained dream content. Dreaming and anxiety begin then to be linked to each other as in our dreams, we are forced to confront situations that we often avoid in real life due to our worries and fears. This new development causes a breakthrough in therapy and treatment as dreams could then be used to pinpoint the anxieties of one who is experiencing mental illness, especially those related with trauma like post-traumatic stress disorder.
There is a way to treat mental disorders
The generation we belong to is one that seeks to understand mental health and raise awareness about it. These days, mental disorders are seen as an issue that deserves attention and not negligence, and people who are going through these are not seen as different from everybody else, but as human beings who are in need of care just like everyone else. The fortunate thing is, mental disorders can be treated and there is an abundance in methods to do so, including therapy with a psychiatrist or mindfulness treatment, both of which will absolutely help to keep your mind wandering at bay as this is often the reason why anxieties arise. There are also different help lines that offer aid when it comes to treatment and facing the difficulty of mental disorders. Seek help today – your mental health matters.