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?
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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, 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, 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
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.
With that being said, two strong powerful ways for me to calm down are listening to soothing music, and writing. Writing being the strongest asset. When I’m angry and frustrated I write out my thoughts onto paper. Sometimes I just read them and think what I can do to change them, other times I don’t even finish the sentence before I realize how stupid I was being. Another thing to write down is a pros and cons list, these can either be time consuming or very short lived.
but before tackling a tool used to ‘tame the beast’ its important, just as others have stated above me to calm your anxiety because if you don’t you won’t be able to think clearly with that rupturing your thought process. Sit down, pour yourself a glass of water and set it in front of you. Breath deeply in through your nose and exhale the harsh toxins of anxiety out through your mouth. Visualize the powers of the water you’re about to consume, and how its going to do nothing but help you when you drink up.
From there on out, keep positive thoughts rolling THAT IS KEY.
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.
@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.
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.
When we can become aware of what tends to trigger our mind to go off track we can be more prepared in directing our mind, in choosing when that situation occurs.
Here is a really powerful article on an experience I had around overcoming years of being lost in the mind: