Do you ever have those moments when you find yourself silently begging your mind to be quiet? Or just wishing that there was some kind of temporary ‘off switch’ so that you could get a few moments peace from the constant questioning, analyzing, observing and general nonsensical chatter of your thoughts?
The simple fact is that despite us wishing it would be silent; the mind often has a ‘mind of its own’.
One thing that I have learned over the years is that there are different techniques I can use to help quieten my mind. Maybe not silence it completely, but just make the volume of the thoughts less noticeable, so that I am less distracted, more focused, or better able to relax.
Here are my top 5 tips for getting your mind to calm down.
- Meditation – Meditation is a fantastic tool for calming and unwinding both your body and mind. One of the problems that people often face is an anxiety that they are not meditating properly, which doesn’t help calm the mind at all. My advice? Just relax into it! There is no right or wrong way when it comes to closing the eyes and preparing to meditate. If you are new to meditation or if you have struggled with meditating in the past, try following a guided relaxation or mindfulness meditation. You can find these for free online and there are literally thousands to choose from. If you find that the first one, or few, isn’t to your liking then don’t give up! Meditation’s come in all different styles and types, and it is important to find one that is guided by a voice that you can relax to.
- Breathing practices – Breathing plays a surprisingly big role in how we are feeling on an emotional/mental level. By calming the flow of your breath, and implementing slow, relaxed nostril breathing, you will be surprised how much you can calm your feelings and thoughts. So give it a go next time you are trying to calm your mind. If you really need to redirect the pattern of your thoughts, then try mentally following along with each breath. Silently repeating ‘Breathing in….Breathing out’ with each inhalation and each exhalation.