Helpful Ways to Calm down your Mind
Do you know the feeling when your brain just doesn’t want to shut up? Apprehensive thoughts and stress can overwhelm anyone, making it hard to think clearly. Thoughts are running in circles and it takes a lot of energy to make decisions about important matters of daily life. Sometimes not even important ones. Persistent worries and anxiety can lead to thoughts running in your head all the time, making it difficult to take action and deal with whatever issues are bothering you. We need to calm down before we feel like our own thoughts drive us crazy.
It’s important to get out of this vicious cycle in order to stay healthy and perform your daily tasks efficiently. Repressing your thoughts for the moment can cause them to pop up again, sometimes intensifying the anxious thoughts. I experience that quite often, which is.. believe me.. super annoying. So let’s try to calm down before we reach that point. But how? The ideal way to calm down your mind is to incorporate the techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based relaxation practices into your daily routine. Sounds complicated? It’s not and definitely worth a try!
Try Cognitive Distancing
Attempt to see your negative self-talk, beliefs, and anxious thoughts as opinions and guesses, not as facts. While you can’t stop yourself from thinking negatively, you can distance yourself from negative thoughts by looking at the reality objectively. Just because you think something could happen does not mean it will. Ask yourself, isn’t there anything better that could happen? Think about your past experiences and come up with things most likely to happen. Try to counter your predictive thinking with evidence.
Take Some Time Out to Meditate
Meditation can effect on your mental and physical health in a positive manner. Don’t just try it when you find things getting out of hand. Make it a regular habit instead. Meditation is helpful for clearing your mind and preventing unnecessary thoughts. As a result, increasing productivity and providing lasting mental peace. Even 10 to 15 minutes already of daily meditation help to reap the benefits of your body, mind, and get a soul refreshing experience.
Set Your Routine
I know you might think ugh right now, but no matter how monotonous and boring this may sound, setting a routine can provide a sense of peace and calm. You can create your to-do list and organize all your projects and tasks to help clear your mind. Reminders and various activities that keep running through your head can distract you from focusing on the task at hand. When you have a set routine, you will have fewer decisions to worry about every day and have more time and space in your mind to do more important things.
Engage in Vigorous Exercise
This is a great way of getting you out of your thoughts and focus on your body. If you can try intense exercises like jumping jacks, running, jumping rope, and swinging dumbbells for a few minutes. It will boost your blood circulation and increase the release of endorphins, mood-enhancing hormone. That’s not all, engaging in physical activity will also prevent you from indulging in anxious thoughts and move you from a state of stagnant negativity to positive and healthy movement.
Play Your Favorite Music and Relax
That is definitely my favorite part. Music is the most powerful sidekick to stay out of mind traps. Studies show that music has a positive effect on productivity, mood, and happiness. The American Music Therapy Association suggests that music can be used to manage stress, sharpen memory, and ease pain. Listening to your favorite calming music will not only quiet your mind but also elevate your mood.
Practice Mindfulness to Calm Down
Mindfulness isn’t just about sitting quietly with your eyes closed and focusing on your breath in a meditative position. This is just one example or aspect of mindfulness. This is rather a practice that makes you more aware of yourself and the world around you. Make it your habit to think mindfully and observe your thoughts instead of reacting automatically to them. Pay attention to your self-judgments and thought patterns to stop self-criticism. Be aware of your thoughts and replace negative self-criticism with calm.