Is Your Busy Mind In Control?
Do you know how to relax a busy mind, your busy mind, an active brain? Sometimes my mind, as does most human’s, will just wander into a place that feels like it is a hamster in its exercise wheel just spinning around and around. This is what I consider to be a “Busy Mind.” It is when you lose control of your thought process and allow your mind to go where it will. So the question I am asking you today is “Are you in control of your thoughts or is your Busy Mind in charge?”
A busy mind can totally sap your mental energy and easily stop you from being in the present moment. Symptoms like your mind moving way too fast, repeating thoughts over and over again about a singular subject, are a standard characteristic of stress and other mental health disorders. This can occur any time you find yourself in a stressed or anxious state, regardless of whether you may be encountering other signs.
Positive Anxiety Quotes
I have included some wonderful words of wisdom throughout this post from those who are so much sage than I:
“ Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its strength.” Corrie ten Boom
“Relaxation comes from letting go of tense thoughts.” Frances Wilshire
This may sound strange but everyone has experiences with stress and anxiety in some form, and that’s not a bad thing. If this weren’t so, you wouldn’t be human and the ability to protect yourself and those precious to you from the threat of danger would not be present in your nature.
However, the stress of having a close call with a perilous situation of any sort can leave you in a state of mental anguish. What happens is that the anxiety and stress of a nasty situation or even a pending sense of doom of any sort may cause anxiety. Sometimes when this occurs to you there may be issues with getting back to a normal state of inner peace and calm.
How To Relax A Busy Mind
Not knowing how to relax your mind from anxiety and stress can cause you to have what may be called a busy mind and that can cause you ill effects. Clients come to me often with the plea for help stating “I can’t sleep because my mind keeps racing” or ” please help me learn how to turn my brain off at night”. When you suffer from an overactive mind at night sleep can evade you. You can experience everything from just not sleeping to experiencing panic attacks. Loss of sleep can even show up as physical reactions like stress that can lead to a heart attack. You have certainly heard the term that stress is a silent killer. It is important to understand and use relaxation techniques for sleep anxiety to keep you sane and healthy.
“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.” Dalai Lama
“Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.” David G. Allen
“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” Dan Millman
One of the areas that can be a real culprit of stress activation is the “what if” scenarios. These issues can steal your peace from you and allow other people to control your emotional state. Again this can lead to real life physical issues.
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Effects Of A Busy Mind
A busy mind can play thoughts of earlier events, which created stress or grief in your life, over and over again. Not only the past can affect your mind but actively being in a state of concern, worry, about situations that could arise in the future will do the same. These are a series of thoughts that have become exaggerated and may even be unrealistic and usually have no logical completion.
An example could be something along these lines. Your boss says they urgently need a meeting with you Monday morning first thing and this is quite out of the ordinary. You have had a bit of a bad day and you start wondering “why does he want to see me. What have I done wrong?” Over the weekend this starts to escalate. You now are thinking ” I screwed up, I am a failure, I am way over my head in my job. I am probably getting fired. Maybe I should quit before I do. What am I going to do?”
“Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful.” Marianne Williamson
“ You practice mindfulness, on the one hand, to be calm and peaceful. On the other hand, as you practice mindfulness and live a life of peace, you inspire hope for a future of peace.” Thich Nhat Hanh
When thoughts start to become aggressively stronger in your mind they can and usually will overwhelm you, they can form a circular pattern of thoughts that make you feel like you are trapped and can’t escape. They can affect your focus to perform regular duties, as well as weaken your memory and disorient your sleep patterns tiring you out physically which in turns affects your mental prowess.
How To Calm Your Mind From Anxiety
If you are not in full command then how to calm a restless mind may be of interest to you. is the question of the day. Here are some actions you can do to calm yourself if you find your mind is beginning to get out of control.
- Controlled Thinking… when you are exposed to a threat whether real or in a what if situation your mind can be your best friend or worst enemy if allowed to rant and rave within your self. Control your thoughts and you can control your reality.
- Personal Journaling… Keeping a diary or even just putting pen to paper can help the mind get back to a logical thought process. Seeing your words in written form you will gain a sense of objectivity and can move forward from there.
“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” “Being relaxed, at peace with yourself, confident, emotionally neutral loose, and free-floating –these are the keys to successful performance in almost everything.” Wayne W. Dyer
“Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.”Paramahansa Yogananda
- Gratitude Exercises… Staying optimistic by voicing or writing your gratitude statement daily or more often if needed can alter negative thought. You cannot feel two emotions at the same time. So if you are grateful you cannot be anxious.
- Ask For Help… Of course, this is self-explanatory. It is difficult to face trials and tribulations alone. Support can come in many ways. Search out friends, relatives, or even professional help if need be. An object ear can shed real clarity on any situation or come up with alternative actions that you may not think of at the time you are suffering.
- Self-Love… There is no need to put yourself down in any way regardless of the situation. Be nice to yourself after all you are your closest friend. Also, remember always that somewhere within you is your Spirit Being that can be accessed for real support. Spirit is not bound by time or space and is the ultimate purveyor of truth.
- Forgiveness… No matter what has happened to remember that forgiveness will allow you to move on. Whether you need to forgive yourself or another person let it go. One way I have found really helps is to stretch out your arms and place them around some and forgive them or even d the same with you. Hugging out love and forgiveness can really help even if does so just in your imaginative reality.
“The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results.” Carl Jung
“Getting the stress out of your life takes more than prayer alone. You must take action to make changes and stop doing whatever is causing the stress. You can learn to calm down in the way you handle things.” Joyce Meyer
Last But Not Least- Benefits For The Mind Through Guided Meditation
If you follow the meditation guru’s teachings on how to relax a busy mind you will notice that your thoughts are actually things that come and go. They have no real bearing or importance to your immediate circumstance. Of course, I am speaking about relaxation time not focused on thoughts like at work. This is when a calm mind meditation comes in handy as a stress reliever. Understanding how to calm your mind is a great tool. If you do not calm stress this can lead to much uncertainty which eventually leads to being in a fear state.
These scattered thoughts can speed through your mind and have no effect on the present moment and may set you slightly off-kilter with the constant bombardment of unrelated ideas. These thoughts are usually stress related and come from a base of fear or anxiety about the future or past. In many cases, a mind wandering into the past and future makes us unhappy. This when you could learn how to calm your mind and focus and bring you some clarity. There are ways to subdue these thoughts and regain your control and composure. Learn how to relax a busy mind with some calm mind tips and other techniques to calm the mind on tonight’s show.
“Breath is the power behind all things. I breath in and know that good things will happen.” Tao Porchon-Lynch
“Freedom from desire leads to inner peace.”Lao Tse
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” William James
In this Podcast, How To Relax A Busy Mind, AnotherMeditation Benefit, you will learn:
- A busy minded definition and what causes your mind to be so busy.
- Why it is important to stop the monkey mind.
- How to relieve stress and anxiety.
- How to calm your mind for sleep
- Learn a calm mind meditation.
Join us on this episode of Unlocking Your Truth, How To Relax A Busy Mind, Another Meditation Benefit and learn how to relax your hamster like mind.
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