Calm Your Overactive Mind
5 Actions You Can Take to Calm Your Overactive Mind (Plus FREE Meditation MP3 Download)
Your mind is spinning with a billion thoughts all at once. You just can’t focus. You can’t relax. You are exhausted. You feel anxious and overwhelmed. You need to find that mental ‘off switch’ and regain control once more, but how?
Wouldn’t it be great if you had an ‘on-off’ switch in your minds that would let you just disconnect from your racing mind long enough to recharge your energy, regain balance, or even to get to sleep?
While, unfortunately, you don’t have a physical button that can do this, there are some things you can do to control your overactive mind. Read on to find out more.
You Can't Erase Thoughts From Your Mind
Before you continue to read further, you need to realise that you can’t just wipe out the thoughts that are flowing in and out of your mind.
When teaching meditation, I find that many people will tell me that they tried in the past to practice meditation but ‘failed’ as they couldn’t empty their mind of thoughts!
Firstly, you can’t ‘fail’ at meditation, and secondly, I am glad that your brain is recognising thoughts, feelings and sensations!
You can’t switch off your mind. You can learn to calm it’s thought flow, but not stop thinking altogether.
Your thoughts are there for a reason. Don’t punish them. They are there to protect you, keep you healthy and alive. Your thoughts are there to look after you, but sometimes they can just be a little over-protective and send you alarm bells constantly.
Thoughts won’t go away, so, if you can, it’s always best to try and address their reason for being there in the first place. This will allow you to be more understanding of them, and why you feel the way you do.
In the meantime, let’s look at some actions you take to help calm your mind right now.
Take a deep breath and yawn. Stretch and yawn. Yawn quietly. Yawn loudly.
Yawning is known to help re-adjust your stress levels.
Many animals, dogs for example, use this technique when encountering an uncomfortable situation.
So, contrary to what we were told in class, yawning is not a sign of being tired or bored (well, not all the time!).
Just try it. By reducing your feeling of stress, your mind will begin to come off of high-alert.
2. Write It All Down
Putting pen to paper is an age-old method of coping with over-active and often confusing thoughts.
Start writing a journal or diary. Keep a notepad in your pocket, or next to your bed.
Allow this notebook to keep hold of your thoughts until you are able to deal with them, one at a time.
3. Practice Yoga
Yoga teaches you to breathe while holding certain positions with your body.
When you practice yoga, you are encouraged to focus on your breath and how your body feels as you come into, hold and come out of a position. This works wonders on calming your physical body and mind, redirecting your focus on to your present state.
You don’t need to do a full workout, just learn a couple of simple poses and practice these when you feel overburdened with thoughts.
Eventually, once you get used to breathing, moving and holding your posture in this way, it will become second nature to you and you will apply these methods of breathing and movement to your daily life, helping to further reduce your stress and anxiety, keeping your mind more focused.
This can be really challenging to do when you feel like your mind is racing and you can’t sit still, but believe me, this is the perfect time to practice!
Just start by finding a comfortable seated position, close your eyes and start focusing on breathing in and out. Then start to relax your shoulders as you breathe out.
Allow your thought to flow freely. Don’t try to stop them, but don’t allow yourself to dwell on them. Just acknowledge them, then ask them to move on.
You don’t need to spend hours doing this. You’ll probably find that even setting aside just 5 minutes to sit quietly will make a difference.
By practising meditation regularly you will start to see things in a different and calmer light. Solutions to problems can suddenly pop into your head or you just realise that something isn’t such a big a deal as you thought it was.
5. Grab a Bottle of Water and Head Outside
Our body runs on water. You need it for so many functions, including being able to think straight, yet most of us are dehydrated.
So, why not take a moment to grab some water and head outside to get some fresh air and sunshine (if you’re lucky enough to have it!).
You also need a good dose of the sun’s rays each day (they’re still there even if it’s cloudy!). The sun allows your body to produce Vitamin D and this is so important for many of the body’s functions including helping our mood and thoughts.
Even just the action of taking a few minutes outside can help to break the cycle of thoughts in your head.
If you are lucky enough to have, or live near a garden, try to make the most of it, and visit it every day along with your water.
Try the Guided Meditation MP3 Download
These are just 5 of the ways in which I help to control my overactive mind. There are lots more ways, but the main thing is not to run away from your thoughts. You need to face them at some point. Find out why they are there and get going on resolving any issues you have. But that’s for another post.
In the meantime, why not download the Thought Box Meditation MP3 that I recorded? It’s a guided meditation that I use all the time to help me calm my mind, and I am certain it will help you too - and it’s FREE to download.