Learning to Quiet Your Mind

For me this is a big, huge one, my mind is totally in control of me and this is not the way it should be. You should be in control of your mind and learning to quiet your mind is a huge step in the right direction.

Firstly, I know what you’re thinking, my mind is me – it’s my mind after all. WRONG. Letting your mind take over is a one way road to stress, anxiety and worry as I myself have found out the hard way.

learning to quiet your mind

Learning to quiet your mind

wish there was an off button for your mind, there kind of is in meditation though it isn’t an instant thing and doesn’t work for everyone – myself included. Because of this I’ve found a few tricks that help me when I’m in an overthinking spiral of doom, so naturally I wanted to share the wealth.

Write it down

This is something I usually only do at home but I do need to start carrying a little notebook round with me because it genuinely helps to quiet your mind. It’s basically emptying your mind onto a piece of paper, I find that this works particularly well if I can’t sleep for worry!

Another thing I do is to write what it is I’m worrying about down and what the worst case scenario is – usually it’s actually not that bad and it helps me to realise that I’m being a bit stupid worrying over nothing!

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Throw it out or watch it pass by

This one is actually embarrassing to admit but I told a friend about it recently and she said it helped her so here goes. I usually do this one if I’m on my way to somewhere in the car and I’m stressing out and working myself up, I literally circle my head with my hand as if I’m gathering up everything and wind down the car window and throw it out and wind the window back up so the negative thoughts are outside. I know I sound like a complete nutter but honestly it really helps to physically throw them out the window!

Another technique is to imagine the thoughts as a stream or a river and to just imagine yourself sat watching them come and go and flow past. I also like to imagine a small bubble of nothingness growing in my mind and pushing out anything else in my mind, clearing it out if you like.

These visualisation ones help me to quiet my mind so much!

“Thanks for your opinion”

So as I said before your mind is not you, after your mind has gone on a whole tirade stressing you out and over thinking, just say “thanks for your opinion” as if it’s someone else saying it to you. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that these negative thoughts are you and control you because they don’t.

Be grateful

This is something that really helps to counteract the negative thoughts and quiet your mind. Think about things you’re happy about and grateful for, just in your mind go over things like how the weathers lovely, how you’re looking forward to seeing your dog that evening, how you’ve got a great group of friends, anything helps!

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This is my current go-to outfit on days when I can’t be bothered but want to look nice! These Saucony trainers are by far the comfiest I own and with the oversized CK jumper gives a I just threw this on effortless look – I genuinely did just throw this on.

Sunglasses : Topshop
*Jumper : Tessuti
Jeans : Asos
*Trainers : Coggles
*Phone Case : Richmond & Finch

I hope these tips help you guys, as someone who suffers from anxiety I find them super duper helpful but I think they’re just good in general as we all have peaks and troughs! Let me know if they help and also let me know if you have any tips or if you’d like me to do more posts on anxiety!

You also might like these posts I did previously; 3 ways positive language can help you and making happiness a habit

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16 Comments

  1. 25th April 2016 / 10:13 am

    I am so bad for letting my mind run wild with to do lists and panicking I can’t get what I need done! Love this whole look btw you total babe <3 xxx

    • 28th April 2016 / 7:52 pm

      Ah thanks so much hun! I know I’m terrible for it!

  2. MoreMindfulYou
    25th April 2016 / 12:06 pm

    Never heard of that visualisation technique before, so its super helpful thank you! 🙂

    • 28th April 2016 / 7:51 pm

      I hope you put it to good use lovely! Let me know if it helps!

  3. Sheridan Grady
    25th April 2016 / 2:37 pm

    It is so hard not to let yourself slip into a downward spiral of stress and worry but I definitely find that taking a moment to think of the things I should be very grateful for really helps, great post and you looking amazing! xx

    • 28th April 2016 / 7:50 pm

      Thanks so much hun! I find gratitude super helpful!!

    • 28th April 2016 / 7:50 pm

      I hope they work lovely! Let me know!!

    • 28th April 2016 / 7:47 pm

      Thanks lovely! It definitely does! Putting it on paper kind of takes away the scariness of it!

    • 28th April 2016 / 7:46 pm

      This is so true! I almost feel like you’re mind try to control you!

  4. MyraMyla
    28th April 2016 / 2:13 pm

    I love it when people address mindfulness because it’s such a complex yet essential concept. It’s important to break down ourselves, our fears and insecurities to rebuild the person we want to become. Really appreciate the post!

    Myra

    • 28th April 2016 / 7:37 pm

      Glad you liked it lovely! It is so important I think it helps everyone, you don’t have to have suffered to find it useful!

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