How to Get Control of Your Busy Mind

Do you ever have those times when your mind is racing, and you can’t seem to catch up? Maybe your schedule is jam-packed, and you haven’t had a quiet minute to yourself in what seems like forever, or you tend to worry about every little detail on a daily basis — either way, your brain is on the go constantly. Sound about right?

Nevertheless, don’t worry. It’s not an issue exclusive to you, an active mind is
something we all deal with. A busy brain isn’t a bad thing, but when it overtakes us
and controls us instead of the other way around, that’s when trouble can creep in.
Being mindful of this and practicing some tricks daily to maintain control of your
busy mind is as easy as this…

1. Meditation
Meditation is a great way to calm yourself down after a stressful episode or a busy day. All you have to do is sit still and clear your mind, take some deep breaths, and keep practicing until it works. It might take awhile to implement fully, but once you are able to utilize it, you will be able to finally enjoy some peace.

2. Exercise
Working out is a great way to reduce stress and even get in some beneficial exercise in the process. Whether it is dance, yoga, or simply taking a walk, mindful movement has been known to reduce stress and even help to increase productivity and strengthen your attention span. And who doesn’t need that?!

3. Avoid overstimulation
Whether it is watching TV, reading articles on your phone, or even just chatting with people, we live in an era where we are stimulated all the time. This can make us stressed out more often. Be mindful of cutting down on technology or screen time that causes this stimulation, especially when you are feeling stressed. What are some activities you can do that don’t involve technology or screen time?

4. Make art
No matter how good you are at painting, drawing, or even crafting, having a creative hobby is a great way for you to do more mindless work. Knitting is a good hobby for many, and you can make scarves and hats to keep yourself warm or to provide for family and friends during the holiday season.

Regardless of where you are in life, finding a great way to relax is vital for pretty much all of us. Being pressured and stressed can feel like an everyday occurrence, but with a little relaxation, we can start to retake control of our lives.

One of my most favorite things about cooking is all the different variations of toppings you can cook with.  Condiments, spices, herbs — there’s just so much to consider, and so many options to choose from.  You can prepare the same exact ingredients several days in a row, using various spices or marinades each day, and you have a different meal each day.  Condiments make cooking more manageable and much more delicious.

There are even incredible health benefits to these herbs, spices, and seasonings you can add to each meal.  For example, mustard contains turmeric (it’s what gives mustard the bright yellow color) which is hailed as an incredible anti-inflammatory, and an antioxidant powerhouse.

What’s your favorite condiment to add to your meals?

When’s the last time you disconnected from your phone for a bit?

It can feel like an impossibility — what if someone needs you? What if you get an important phone call? They’re all valid questions, but the answer is — life will go on, and you’ll find out soon enough. You likely don’t even know what it feels like to not have your phone within reach if you’re anything like me.  It’s become such an integrated part of our lives that we don’t even consider going without it.

Starting to break the invisible chain between you and your phone can feel awkward, uneasy and uncomfortable at first… but the rewards are amazing.

Start small today by taking a walk outside without your phone. Notice how you feel, how you notice things differently, and what your mind is thinking about.

Come back and let me know how it went, I want to know!

 

Have you ever thought of using your lunch break as your sacred time?  I’m confident you’re longing for it by the time your lunch break arrives, so use that hour out of your day as a source of rejuvenation.

Pack yourself a healthy lunch, listen to an uplifting audiobook or podcast, journal, take a walk around your office building, or call a loved one.  Use that hour a day to recharge and come back to work fresh and filled.

What do you currently do on your lunch break?

How do you feel once it’s over and you return back to work?

How often do we talk about feeding ourselves physically?  Multiple times a day, I’d venture to guess.  Today, I want to shift your thinking to a different type of hunger.  Aside from our physical bodies needing nourishment, our souls need constant sustenance as well.  We can eat all the kale we can find, but if our hearts feel empty and famished, it can breed health concerns worse than poor eating habits.

What fills your heart?

How often do you do those things?

We are spiritual beings that crave and deeply need connection, purpose, and love.  Where do you find those things?

There are many ways you can avoid loads of trips to the supermarket every month by getting the bulk of things that you will need over time from great websites like Thrive Market, Boxed, etc.  There’s also a new website called Brandless where you can get healthy items, household items, and more — and everything is $3.  Can’t beat that!

Another great option is to sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  This allows you to have fresh, seasonal foods from farms in your area periodically delivered to your home.  You’re supporting local agriculture and getting fresh, local food.

You can then make a quick trip to the grocery store to grab anything extra you may need, taking far less time.  This will save you a lot of money, keep you on track and you’ll have much more free time to relax!

Whatever situation you’re in right now — whole and happy, or journeying through a tough time — are you looking at it with a proactive mindset about how to continue?

If you’re struggling, have you brainstormed ways to get yourself out of the quicksand?  Do you know what step to take first, and the subsequent steps that come afterward?  A plan of action takes an immense amount of stress off of your shoulders, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Evaluate what is and isn’t working in your life and what the next steps are.  Your happiness is important and is a crucial part of your overall health.

In our culture, we do most of our connecting via the internet.  Our phones are in our hands more often than not, and it’s become quite a habit that’s hard to break free from.  That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, though — and all it takes is a bit of mindfulness to re-learn in-person connection.

Start by leaving your phone in another room during meal times this week — even if you are eating alone.  See what comes up when you’re left alone with your thoughts, and better yet, feel how great it feels to truly connect with the person sitting in front of you, distraction-free.  Are you up for the challenge?

 

At times, monotony can seep into our everyday lives if we let it.  Our schedule is on repeat, week after week, and as we go through the motions, we see our days and weeks slip right through our fingers unknowingly.  One of the main reasons for this is we mindlessly go through the motions.  We go on autopilot when we’re so used to our schedule, our work, our commute home.

Give something new a try.  Go about your days this week as if you are a stranger in your hometown, a visitor on vacation.  See how you seek out new experiences, soak up the surroundings differently, and see how different it makes you feel.  Adventures are in our everyday details if we let them be.

Have you stopped to reflect on an experience that caused you frustration or pain lately, addressing these feelings with compassion?

This isn’t always our first instinct, for sure.

Go ahead and give it a try.

Think about the most recent time someone hurt you.  Dig a little deeper into your thoughts and see where you can address this pain with compassion.  Can you see where they were coming from, as they were acting in pain and lashing out?  Can you understand how this transpired?  Take this opportunity to free yourself from this hurt by understanding through compassion, and forgiving fully.