This is a really hard thing for most people to do. It seems that once we hit about 30, we’ve trained ourselves to think, think, think so much that we can’t get our minds to stop doing it.
This is especially hard when we want to sleep or rest or relax, or when something HORRIBLE that really upsets us has our attention and we can’t stop thinking about it.
We’ve all had those really annoying moments when our heads get filled with thoughts coming left and right, and even though you want to control them, it’s just not easy to do. You feel as if there’s a voice that keeps coming and coming saying all kinds of things.
The situation gets worse if you are going through challenging times, or are dealing with stressing situations in your life.
There are some good tips to help you get a hold of your thoughts, and steer them in a better direction, or calm them altogether:
1. Conditioning Your Mind
Train your mind to slowly make negative thoughts or excessive thoughts settle down. There are many ways of doing this, the important thing is to keep consistent! Here are some suggestions:
Listen to binaural sounds or relaxing tracks. Simply do a search on YouTube and you will find many great free sounds to listen.
Swap 50% of what you watch on TV (if not more), for watching motivational speakers’ videos. You can also watch videos on something you are curious about or want to learn more of instead of WHAT YOU ARE FED on TV! Again you can use YouTube for this.
Read. When you read something productive or inspirational, or of a positive topic you are interested in, not only will you learn more stuff but this can serve as a positive distraction from negative thoughts.
2. Try Meditation
I myself have found that meditation has helped tremendously.
We all need quiet and peaceful moments on a daily basis, and even if you only have 10 minutes to spare for it, the benefits are very worth those 10 minutes.
There are tons of research that shows positive results and improvement in people’s lives.
The mind as you may know is connected to our physical body, stress is one of the big indicators of this as you tend to get physically sick when in a lot of stress.
You do not have to be spiritual or religious to meditate, and don’t need to be in any weird positions. Meditation can be as simple as finding a quiet place, sitting or laying down in bed for a few minutes to clear your mind and be in a moment of peace.