Some days can become overwhelming. Life has its ups and downs and at times we may feel like our minds are in full control. Between work stress (6 Tips for Relieving Work Stress), conflicting agendas and personal issues it can be tough. Constant racing thoughts may lead to stress, anxiety and sleep deprivation.
“There is just not enough time in the day,” we have all said it at some point or another, and in many cases it is true (10 Stress-Busters for Busy People). Only do what you can do and stop trying to squeeze everything in. This will only make matters worse.
According to Psychology Today, “the mind can only really think of one thing at a time. When you concentrate your attention on one thing, you inevitably engage the parallel act of purposefully ignoring other things. “
I know, it’s harder than it sounds, but if you learn the right techniques and practice every day, eventually you will find directing your focus and controlling your mind will become easier overtime.
1. Write everything down- If your mind is racing with a million thoughts it may help to write them down. Write down what is going through your mind, how it is making you feel and what you want to do about it. This will help you release the thoughts in your head and organize them in a way that they do not stress you out.
2. Distract yourself- Think about what makes you happy, then get out there and do it! Whether it is calling an old friend and catching up, exercising or playing a sport you enjoy; doing something you love will help clear your mind of your uncertainties and in turn release stress.
3. Talk to someone- One of the best ways to clear your mind is to discuss your thoughts and feelings with someone else. Keeping your thoughts and emotions bottled up inside will only make things worse. Speaking with someone will help you release your worries and take some of the burden off of your shoulders.
4. Practice Meditation- Meditation is one of the best ways to clear your racing mind. It helps increase your self-awareness, rejuvenate you, improve your concentration, help with insomnia and even promote better health. But most of all, mediation helps us focus in the moment, without life’s distractions. It helps us tap into our subconscious minds, leaving us still and calm.
5. Unplug your devices- Turn off your cell phone and walk away from your computer; they are probably contributing to your stress and acting as one of the causes to multiple things running through your mind (10 Easy Steps to a Successful Digital Detox). Instead, get out and go for a quiet walk, take a hike or go to lunch with a friend.