3 Techniques To Help Calm The Mind
Whether you are burnt out, stressed out or having an episode, they're many techniques that can help calm the mind and make you feel less overwhelmed. Many mindfulness or wellness activities vary in the outcome. Some might make you feel less stressed physically but not mentally or vice versa. Not all techniques work for everyone but it is always worth giving it a try. The ones I have listed below, I have tested out and use to help keep my mind at ease.
Journaling helps you deal with all kinds of emotions in a healthy way. Writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you prioritize your problems, fears or concerns. It helps to point out any triggers you may have throughout the day. This is important because identifying your triggers can help you minimize anxiety and stress. This technique may also help you express positive thinking and talk towards yourself for a boost of good mood hormones. Journaling is a way to free your mind. Putting everything down on paper clears your mind of all negativity and allows room for positive self-talk and self-care afterward.
Meditation is a powerhouse technique. Like journaling, it helps to calm the mind and promote positive self-care. However, with meditation, you receive fully both the physical and mental positive outcomes. Meditation is shown to improve heart health and mental health, it also lowers stress and decreases blood pressure. The great thing about meditation is that it doesn't have to be long, you can try mini-sessions of 5 minutes or even three minutes to help calm your mind.
3. Colouring/Doing a puzzle
Colouring or doing a puzzle helps you to concentrate on something else other than your negative thought patterns. While colouring or doing a puzzle your brain enter a meditative state allows for a calm mind. Focusing on what you are doing in the present helps you to achieve mindfulness and calms the mind as you focus on colouring. Participating in art and exercising the brain has many positive outcomes not just for those who suffer from a mental illness or negative thought patterns but for everyone.
Many mindfulness activities have a huge impact on the mind and the body. The ones listed above have had a positive outcome for me. In order to stop my negative thought patterns, I would go to one of these techniques to help break the cycle, to focus on something more positive and for the most part, they always worked. Sometimes you don't even notice you've come out of that anxious state because you are so concentrated in the present and what you are ding. That is the beauty of these calming activities.
Leave a comment below if you've tried these techniques and if they worked for you or if you have any others you would like to share, I would love to try them out!