A racing mind is the last thing you want to have. It does not let you concentrate; it does not let you sleep. A racing mind, however, is a product of the kind of world we live in – with constant news and updates and multi-tasking. However, if we continue in that state, we will hardly get any work done, and our health will deteriorate as well. So, how do you calm your mind with tips that can be easily embedded in your daily life? Read on below.
Mindfulness is a philosophy in itself, which contends that the mind should be completely aware and accepting of one thing at a time. Multi-tasking therefore, is counter-intuitive. So if you are washing the dishes, focus only on washing the dishes. The soap, the lather, your hand movements, and so on. So each act that you do is a meditation in itself because your mind has a single focus. This can be difficult in the beginning as mind tends to wander, but you can bring it back gently. The pomodro technique is an acclaimed time-management technique with the same principle: Do the same task without distractions for 25 minutes. The result: you will get more done, you will feel calm and collected and your stress will reduce drastically.
Relaxation for Mind
We use only a third of our lung capacity with our usual breathing. One of the reasons why we feel so exhilarated after dance or exercise is because the movement makes us take bigger and deeper breaths and that does wonders for our brain. Sitting up straight and taking deep breaths for a few minutes, can ensure that you have more oxygen flow to your brain. You can do this multiple times a day. This can help you feel calm and alert.
If you would like specific relaxation techniques, the simplest one is called 4 – square breathing. So you breathe in for four counts, you hold for four counts, you breathe out for four counts, and you relax for four counts. You do this for as many times as required to feel calm. There are many more relaxation techniques that you could progressively do, but this is a good starting point.
One of the reasons we push ourselves in the rat race is because we constantly feel we do not have enough. This kind of thinking makes us fidgety and irritable and less effective at our work. It also means we spend less time doing what we like and what makes us happy, and take up amorous goals.
Practice gratitude by jotting down three things you are thankful for, everyday. You can do this in morning or just before sleeping. You can also compile a year-long happiness jar or journal to keep track of all the good things that happen. Doing this ensures that you a realistic idea of everything that is working out, and so you feel less pressured and spend more time with people and things you love.
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