What to do when your mind goes out of control?
I’m pretty sure a lot of people experienced this, but sometimes my mind does awesome things. It lets me focus on a project for hours straight, it gives me a nice, energetic buzz and makes everything seem happy. Other times, it turns on me, criticizes me nonstop, and essentially mentally cripples me so I can’t do anything. It’s kind of like having a dragon – when it works with you, it’s the best thing ever, but when it turns on you you better start running hard. What do you do when your mind goes out of control like this? meditate? some specific activity or exercise?
I find meditating tames the beast, but it doesn’t put me back to 100% normal.
When my mind gets the best of me, and is literally explosive with ideas that sometimes are a bit uncomfortable, I first tame the beast. I try not to panic or get anxious – I lower my anxiety the best I can and try to relax.
Then I just kind of ride the waves, I allow what is being shown or focused on to be presented and I try not to give too much judgement either way.
Sometimes it becomes somewhat enjoyable, sometimes its just basically riding out a couple hours of anxiety.
But I’ve definitely found I cannot control it.
@chronomortae, I find being completely honest with myself combats such thoughts.
@chronomortae, Allow your thoughts to come into your head, acknowledge their existence then send them away again so it’s almost like “yup, there you are, heard you, bye now!”.
I sleep. That usually sorts everything out for me.
You tell yourself, I won’t be going insane.
@chronomortae, For me its all about preventing my head from getting to that place.. I realize now that once I get in that head space its extremely difficult to get out, also usually when I get to that place its because I woke up pissed off! Ive been focusing on setting up my day everyday to put myself in the right mindset to prevent that downward spiral. I have to say its working for me! I make sure I listen to music every morning when I wake up, the medicine.
@chronomortae, Notice that you are losing control. Notice the one who is noticing your mind that is “losing control” as it so often does, and then become the one observing. Be still and observe it all. Meditation. Be aware of the awareness.
@chronomortae, I’m the same way. I handle this in a few ways.
1. Diet and exercise
I find my overactive mind (haha what a term to use) is best and most ‘stable’ when I’m eating/drinking well and exercising. I believe mental health and physical health go hand in hand.
2. I let it out
I spend a lot of time driving for my job. Long distances and just a lot of time to myself. Which means what? A lot of thinking of course! Want to know something nobody else knows? Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed while I’m driving I’ll just start screaming. Song lyrics, random babblings, noises. If my company had cameras installed in our vehicles they would have some ridiculous footage. When’s the last time you’ve actually screamed all your annoyances out? It feels good.
brbrbrbrbrrbrbrbrbr shake it all out. DO IT, go crazy
|General Tits Von Chodehoffen|
Hill sprints, boxing, lifting…
Everyone is different, don’t just read what I typed, absorb it. Know it and understand what it means. You need to first understand the beast you are trying to tame before it has the ability to be knocked down a couple notches.
You refer to your brain as separate from “you”, which is pretty interesting. But to answer your question, I either think of one of the best days of my life or one of the worst, this always refocuses me.
Its actually easy! and you need to believe that for it to be true. Overhauling your brain is very important because it gets it back under control, so if youve still had no luck so far LOOK NO FURTHER. http://www.highexistence.com/overhaul-your-brain/
Become aware of the thoughts and how they make you feel, observing as they come and go. Reminding myself that the law of attraction is always in action usually brings me back to my positive spirited self.
A daily meditation practice – watching the thoughts arise from a distance and observe them. Acknowledge they are there and realize they are all a delusion brought on by the “self” or the ego.
Practice mindfulness through out the day, try to be in the present moment in the activities you are doing and actively aware of your thoughts.
With practice you will be able to see the damaging thought as they arise and let them go, stopping them in their tracks before they spiral.
@blankey, You got it. Surrender to the feeling, allow it to occur.
@chronomortae, Separate yourself from your out of control mind. Realize that you can think or feel things without it affecting you at all. Thoughts are just thoughts. Nothing wrong with them, no matter how scary they might seem. There isn’t much you can do but sit back and observe for a while. Attention span is key in that. So learn to pay better attention.
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That is an awesome question – for me the biggest thing is becoming more and more aware of what the things are that tend to trigger you mind to loose control in the first place. Obvious cure at time is necessary, but it is essential we work on prevention.
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