How to Quiet Your Mind and Regain Balance

How to Quiet Your Mind and Regain Balance

How to Quiet Your Mind and Regain Balance

Don’t you sometimes wish, that you could stop listening to your brain?

I mean, just for a little bit. Like, when you get in your bed, at the end of the day and instead of unwinding, you keep re-living your day, you worry about getting things done on time. Then, you all of the sudden remember something someone has said to you and next thing you know your mind is racing.

Sometimes I think that my mind is very much like my work desk- once in a while I need to get rid of all the clutter that found its way inside. Thing is, cleaning up, organizing and decluttering my desk is much easier, than quieting and de-clutering my mind.

PRACTICE BEING PRESENT

I think I already told you about mindfulness bells in one of my previous posts. We’re often so distracted, we don’t realize what’s happening around us. I use mindfulness bells to stay present. I drop something, I hit my elbow or my knee, I see something sparkle or hear something beep around me- I use all of those things to bring me back to present moment. Whenever I see or hear them, I automatically think to myself “What am I thinking right now? Am I being present?“.

When you feel anxious or overwhelmed, those feelings can act as a domino effect. All of the sudden all you can think about is things going wrong, or not getting something done on time. That, in turn makes you even more anxious and worried. The key is to catch those feelings as they come and to stop the pattern. Recognize them for what they are and then pause. Take a deep breath, bring your mind to present moment and focus on what you’re doing at that particular moment. This will take a lot of practice, at first. Reading this book is a great place to start if you want to learn how to practice being present.

BREAK OLD HABITS AND PATTERNS

Even some of your small habits can make a difference between living in chaos, and living in balance. Reaching for your phone while working, hitting the snooze button 5 times in a row every single morning, multitasking. Identify one of those small, thoughtless habits that doesn’t serve you, and break it. Tackle one habit at a time, and don’t expect it to happen overnight- give yourself at least a coupe of weeks.

SPEND SOME TIME ALONE

If you love working and staying busy and productive, then this might be a little difficult for you. However, it’s the best thing you can do for lowering your stress levels and anxiety. I know that when you feel anxious or worried, your first instinct is to distract yourself. Being alone with your thoughts can be terrifying. Notice those thoughts and feelings as they come, acknowledge them, and move on to the next one. As you acknowledge them, don’t say “I am feeling so overwhelmed” but instead say “I have the thought of feeling overwhelmed“. This will let you detach a little from those feelings. Then, get a little quiet. Try yoga or meditating; journal or find the time to just be still for a couple of minutes a day.

SIMPLIFY

Automate what you can and cut back on any activities that don’t bring you joy are are wasting your time. Not putting things away, right away, “window’ shopping online for hours, complaining, gossiping, procrastinating, being stuck on Facebook all day-all of these are time-wasters. Re-prioritize, re-avaluate; ask yourself if a particular activity or relationship brings you joy or if it improves your life, in any other way.  Once you simplify your life and cut out those distractions, you’ll be surprised at how much more productive you’ll become and how much time you’ll have.

How to Quiet Your Mind and Regain Balance

  • Such great tips, I’m trying to practice mindfulness more these days might have to try those bells out

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

  • Ashlee Elizabeth

    I am definitely going to put some of these to work. The end of the semester always sends me into a frenzy, and regaining balance is something that I need to work on. I think the simplifying our lives is something that is not that easy to do, but really makes a huge difference. Great post!

    Ashlee Liz
    http://www.ashleeliz.com

    • Thank you Ashlee! I think the busier we get, it’s even more important to know how to center yourself. Definitely isn’t always easy though!

  • I definitely need to start identifying some of those bells quickly!! This time of year it’s so easy to give into stress and forget how magical everything around you is. Every time I see Christmas lights I’ll pull myself back down to Earth!

    Katie | http://www.overthemoony.com

    • This time of year can be very stressful, I agree.- which is funny because it should be the other way around- it should be the time when we feel at peace :) I put up our Christmas tree early this year, because it puts me in such a good mood :)

  • Oh I love the kinds of posts, I made meditation a habit of mine, just winding down in the evenjng really. The app Inside Timer is really helpful for this!✨

  • This was really helpful to hear today, thank you. I loved the Power of Now as well.

  • Ooh I definitely agree with having some alone time! I find that I tend to get very irritable when I don’t have at least one day or a few hours a week to myself.

    Lizzie Bee // mysticthorn.com

  • Raeanne Lydia

    I needed to read this today! Thank you, I loved it.

    Rae // http://www.raechic.com

  • I really need to practice to be present today…

  • Emmalisa Tilli

    fantastic!!!! I have become addicted to your posts – I feel stupid because I am only doing a certificate III and I have had to re-submit assessments, and its left me feeling stressed in my mind. I just need to focus on the present, and take it bit by bit!

  • The Gossip Darling

    I have been going through a rough time lately. Spending time alone and doing things that I really enjoy has been most helpful.

    Mel | http://www.thegossipdarling.com

  • This is so true, why is it that your brain decided to go into overdrive just when you are in bed haha. I will definitely try out these tips for all those time when I can’t seem to shut off x

    Beauty with charm

  • This is awesome and I totally agree. I love spending time alone because I get to recharge from everything this way.

    Hugs,
    Hannie Arden from Missing Wanderer

  • Debbie Santiago-Keough

    This is getting printed out and put into the front flap of my brand new 2017 pink journal. Thank you!

  • This was totally my day today – started off quite stressed and panicked by the number of things that I had to do but I managed to practice being present and focus on one thing at a time. Lovely post :)
    – Ambar x
    http://www.herlittleloves.co.uk

    • so happy that you were able to bring yourself back to the present moment- it’s not always easy! Thanks so much Ambar!

  • I am a huge victim of most of these problems especially with staying busy. There’s nothing worse for me than just sitting down and watching TV so i have tried to increase my chill time with leisurely tasks x

    https://wineandwhine99.wordpress.com/

  • The mindfullness bells sound like a really good idea as I have such an overactive imagination I’m really prone to just zoning out and not paying any attention.

    Abigail Alice x

  • I used to use mindfulness bells as well. They do help really focus the mind.

  • amelia may

    Such helpful advice Xx I shall try and implement this Xx

    Keep Calm and start writing –
    http://www.23millymay25.blogspot.co.uk

  • Such amazing tips. I definitely need to break some of the habits you mentioned (specifically the snooze button and reaching for my phone when I working). I will keep these in mind as I set goals for myself this month and next year!

    Brittany | thechicette.com