Quiet your mind is not the same as being silent or idle. You might be quiet and inactive but yet still have a hectic mind. Some people worry about a lot of things. How will they make a living? How they will take care of their families, and for some people, it is business based. You call overthinkers these kinds of people; they think a lot, which is very damaging to their health. Don’t you notice how when a person is diagnosed with high blood pressure, the doctors and nurses ask them if you have been thinking a lot lately?
Thinking in this context is not the usual way of thinking that everybody does, but these sets of people have been worried and overthinking about something for a long time. People who go to the hospitals for check-up are often told to always rest and free themselves from worry. Worrying and overthinking increases the blood pressure in the body, which could lead to so many health deviations, which include Strokes.
Having peace of mind isn’t a normal thing to experience for some people. It is effortless for others to sleep and rest well, but some people do not find it easy. One of the hardest things to do for them is self-relaxation (Resting the body, heart, and mind from all worries). Remaining calm doesn’t mean the brain will shut off because many people find it very hard to relax their brains without their minds wandering around. Overthinking and lots of worrying leaves you even tired without engaging in physical activity; it leaves you mentally burnt out and exhausted.
How to quiet your mind
Here we will be talking about ways or things you can do to quiet your mind:
- Take a Break: The first thing to do is to shed off responsibilities and all activities you are engaged in. Take a break and make sure that you are taking a break for real. You must take full cognizance of your environment; you should go to a quiet environment, if possible, away from work and family.
- Mindfulness: This is a type of meditation in which you are intensively aware and conscious of what you are feeling, sensing, and doing at the moment without convincing yourself to believe otherwise. This involves you relaxing your mind to reduce anxiety.
- Meditation: One of the most effective ways of quieting your mind and reduce overthinking is meditation. This is the practice that helps you focus your attention. It helps calm you making you free of worry, focused, and gives you a clear awareness of your life. The goal in doing this is to quiet your mind, and by doing this, you experience a sense of inner peace. Meditation saves the mind from unnecessary worry and agitation.
- Question Series Repetition: This questioning repetition allows you to ask questions based on the answers you already have. Some questions need answers in your life; this might have caused overthinking and worrying. Focus on the same meaningful problem you have in your heart. By doing this, you will eventually find answers and be at peace of mind.
- Exercise: The importance of daily exercise could not be stressed enough. To keep your brain healthy, it is very advisable to engage in physical exercise. It keeps your body fit, as well as your brain and other internal systems. It doesn’t only increase the blood flow in the body and reduces sugar level content, it actively makes the brain generate new cells. It keeps the brain and minds active. You can be exercising and at the same time overthinking. It keeps the body, soul, and mind active.
- Move the spotlight to the heart: This is similar to being mindful. Be conscious of whatever you are doing. It helps you detect errors and saves you from making such errors in the future. It helps the human perception of things going around you. When your center of attention is the heart, it enables you to engage in objective conceptual thoughts and provides you with flexibility.
- Pranayama: Pranayama also known as breath control is a practice in Yoga and many health personnel regards it as an exercise for physical and mental wellbeing. Pranayama involves breathing exercises that follow a pattern. You breathe in, breathe out and hold your breath in a patterned sequence. When practicing it, it connects your body and the mind and it also supplies your body system with oxygen and removing toxins in the body system.
- Slow reading of philosophy books: Research has shown that reading books is another effective way of reducing stress and could quiet your mind. Examples of such books include “Taming your Gremlin” by Rick Carson, “Tao Te Ching” by Lao Tzu, “The consolation of philosophy” by Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, and so on. You can go online and search for more philosophy books and when you read them it helps reduce stress and teaches you daily life techniques.
- Listen to Music: There is power in music. Some songs can boost every activity we are engaged in. Music is much effective for self-relaxation and stress management. Some songs make your heart race fast and while others calm you and aid in meditating. A piece of music with a slow tempo can quiet your mind, relax your muscles, and makes you feel happy while relaxing. You must choose songs you listen to while relaxing.
- Force your mind to Focus: There are times when you just can’t help it, your mind subconsciously loses concentration, and then, you are already thinking of lots of other things. Relaxing will lose its purpose if your mind is not focused, so it is good if you force yourself to focus.