The purpose of this article on mind-taming is to let you know that, as humans, we all have things we struggle with – including me. I relate this to help others to realise it’s ok to not be ok sometimes. By sharing what helps me, I hope it helps you!
I get a busy head and have an anxious nature that I am quite good at hiding. I’ve come a long way with my worries and overthinking and I realise that my openness lets others know they are not alone with this stuff, it’s totally human. Especially given the pressures these days.
So, here are my tools that help me to feel grounded, less reactive and calm. I hope they can help you too!
Say it out loud
Outsource and voice your worries, racing thoughts or crippling indecision. When you say it out loud, it’s giving your busy mind a rest and simplifies the issues. Alternatively, write. It. Out. I call this a brain dump. It helps you get on with tasks and sleep better.
Moving and stretching gets me on a whole new level of contentment. I wish someone told me about this years ago. Find a studio nearby or online with YogaGlo for an online membership program. This makes a heap of classes, styles, abilities and teachers and it’s accessible anywhere!
Learning mindful meditation changed everything for me, I use the Headspace App. It teaches you how to meditate and has a modern, practical based approach. Remember it’s the mind’s job to “think” and meditation teaches you to be AWARE of your thoughts, letting them come and go. And when you do this, they do slow down. Remember, we don’t meditate to get better at meditation, we do it to get better at life. Think about that one.
Know your triggers
With a busy day or something stressful or triggering (for me it can be social events) I choose to steer clear of things like coffee, sugar and alcohol. I know I will not find the answers in these indulgences and it’s likely to heighten the anxious feelings.
This is actually one of my favourite topics to talk about. If you find this helpful, please reach out with a message. I always love to hear from readers. I have a 1:1 coaching program (it’s online, you can be anywhere in the world!) where I teach mindfulness and holistic health to help you manage your stress, learn mindfulness and make your version of healthy happen. Learn more here.