Do you ever feel like you can’t escape your mind? Maybe it’s always spinning out of control, or perhaps you have a lot of thoughts. A lot of people experience chaos in their own minds, and this can make things difficult when you’re trying to work toward your goals. The next time your mind is filled with confusion, try one of these five creative ways to alleviate the stress.
1. Focus on Nothing But Your Breathing
When was the last time you focused on your breathing or even paid attention to it. Yes breathing is something we do naturally but most of the time we don’t do it “properly”, certainly not intentionally or attentionally. Sometimes we even stop breathing and don’t even know it. Here’s something to try now that will kick start calming that chaotic mind in just 3 small steps. 1, focus your attention on your heart or chest area, 2, imagine that your breath is going in through your heart and out through your heart and 3, breathe a little deeper and slower than normal. Keep that up for just a couple of minutes and that chaotic mind will begin to calm.
2. Keep it Busy
There’s a delicate balance between keeping your mind busy without overcrowding it. It’s one thing to occupy your mind so it doesn’t wander, but it’s a whole different ball game when you start stressing out about endless to-do lists and information overload. Try to write 3-5 things you want to accomplish every day — and be sure to add at least one thing that is purely for fun. This will keep your mind busy without getting you too stressed.
3. Care for your Physical Being
The mind and bodywork hand in hand a lot, so if you aren’t caring for your physical being, you may notice some stress going on in your head. Take time to care for your body — work out more, take a walk, draw a bath, or snooze your alarm clock. Moving out of that desk chair when you’re trigger by the boo’s email or the odd way a colleague looked at you is key to rebalancing the stress response. Just a short walk will help reduce your cortisol levels so that once again the calmer clear-thinking brain comes back into play. There are lots of ways to reenergize your body so that you can take on more in your mind!
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