Thursday 27 July 2023

Racing Mind? Here's How You Can Calm It

Tension and stress both happen to people regardless of their lifestyle and it’s never nice. No one wants to feel achy and tense all the time, as it can have a severe effect on every corner of your life. Work can suffer when your stress levels cloud your mind and your family suffers when stress causes you to lash out. Anxiety and tension can send the mind spinning in too many directions and this can prevent you from feeling well rested and peaceful. You need to be able to calm those feelings, and when you are busy worrying it’s much harder to do it. 

You deserve to have a calmed mind, and if yours is constantly racing you might see your mental health spiral out. Your life should feel happier and calmer, and to be able to stop those feelings from flying out of control and stop worrying, you need to make changes. Instead of finding yourself in a rehab for depression, you should take as many steps as possible to quiet an overactive mind. To get it done, we’ve got some tips to help you to calm it down.

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  1. Start cutting down on the clutter. A messy house - even a messy desk - can lead you to having a cluttered mind. If you have a messy environment it can cause a lot of anxiety. In fact, it can lead you to feeling stressed, panicked and that can lead to panic attacks. You can start by decluttering your spaces - at home and work - and allocating yourself some time to get it all done is important. 

  2. Quiet the physical area. If the TV is playing in the background, turn it off. If you have music playing, switch it off and enjoy some quiet. You want to ensure that you don't have too much noise encroaching your brain. If you must have some noise to get things done, consider how ‘study’ music or white noise can help you. You should think about eliminating the noise where possible. 

  3. Take a closer look at your diet. Too much caffeine and too much sugar can set your mind into gear, racing away. Sodas and processed foods can increase your tension and can up the stress ricocheting in the body. Start replacing these foods with more fruits and vegetables, and stick with non-processed foods where you can. You’ll notice a big difference in your body right away and you’ll feel much less stressed and fewer anxieties as a result. 

  4. Move your body. When you have a lot of stress, you can feel the adrenaline rushing through your body. This adrenaline needs somewhere to go and when you workout, you can push the energy build up from your body. Adding exercise to your routines will help you to release that stress and tension that’s building up in your body and a healthier body supports a much healthier mind. This being said, you shouldn't forget about your body after exercise either. Exercising with no cooldown will put your body under more stress as your muscles seize up and your joints swell, so remember to do your stretches and consider massage therapy in Costa Mesa, CA (or a similar location) to help your muscles heal. Massage will give your muscles relief from the stress they're under and will help your body to keep moving.

  5. Go and have some fun. One of the best ways to calm a racing mind is to find something else to focus on and fun and recreation with friends is a good way to do it. Go to a fair, a circus or just head out for dinner and drinks. Blowing off steam is called that for a good reason, and laughter is excellent medicine for those who need it because it can help you to relieve a lot of tension.

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  1. Keep a diary. If you are going through phases of life being a little more difficult than usual, then you need to start journaling your experiences. Keeping a diary can actually help to keep you on top of the things that stress you out the most and help you to avoid them completely. A good practice in journaling will help you to calm the noise in your head, which will often help you to feel calmer and happier overall.

  2. Go for a walk. Similarly to the line of getting some exercise, going for a walk and getting some fresh air can really help you to feel calmer. Nature has that calming effect and a walk in the woods or near a lake can help you to relax and unwind. It’s here that you can let go of the things that you’ve been worrying over and obsessing on. A walk can be cleansing and you can either distract your mind with music, or make a point of listening to the natural sounds around you. 

  3. Give yourself some grace. It’s very easy to get stuck into a rut of trying to do it all. When you’re balancing work, home life, social life and your own interests, it can land on top of you. Add to that the fact you’ll have a house to look after and it can be very tempting to try and do it all at once. Multitasking is a myth, however, and it’s much more stressful to stop and start all of the things that you need to do. You can make the decision to do one thing at a time, allowing you room to move and time to breathe. Give yourself a little grace and feel those results come through.

  4. Sit and meditate. Taking a moment to meditate and think about life is so important. You need to be able to show yourself that you have the capability of relaxing and meditation can really help. You deserve some inner peace and you have to give yourself the time to take it. 

  5. Speak to a doctor. Getting a therapist is a great idea if you are dealing with anxiety. You want to ensure that you can speak to someone who can guide you through getting over how you are feeling. Anxiety is different for everyone but the fact you have no one to support you is the biggest issue. Getting help in the form of a therapist is going to be a wonderful step to take for yourself. It’l help you to get answers and learn how to handle yourself - super needed in certain anxiety-inducing situations!


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