Calming your Mind Every Day
for Mental Health Help
We all worry from time to time. A part of being human means experiencing troubles and problems that are hard not to dwell over. But the more we allow the worry, fear, anger, or anxiety to take over, the harder it becomes to calm ourselves down.
Our peace of the present moment is the price we pay when our thoughts get stuck elsewhere - fixated on the past or future. Still, finding calm amidst the anxiety is usually easier said than done.
It’s so important to be equipped with the right set of tools for the next time you struggle to find a sense of peace. Or, if peace is something you struggle to find every day. Here are some helpful, practical tips to try any time you need to calm your mind.
Meditation is a practice that offers a world of benefits. One of these benefits is a calmer mind, as meditation is meant to bring awareness to the present moment, where past and future worries or thoughts don’t exist.
The concept of meditation can be intimidating to those who have never tried it. You might be thinking, okay, I’m supposed to sit down, clothes my eyes, and breathe. Got it. But wait...what am I supposed to do exactly?
Even some of the most seasoned meditators would tell you that they like to have some guidance when they meditate. Meditation apps like Calm and Headspace are designed exactly for this purpose.
Having guidance while meditating provides us with a sense of direction, so we can focus on the meditation rather than having to guide ourselves. These apps help bring a sense of ease and simplicity to meditation. Not only that, but they make meditation and finding calm more accessible to anyone at any time.
Go to therapy
Can you recall how much lighter you felt when you shared all the weight you had been carrying alone with someone else? In talking out loud to that friend or loved one, maybe you not only felt a sense of release but realized that your troubles weren’t as bad as they sounded in your head.
Well, imagine how your head would feel if you made this outlet a consistent one - probably a whole lot less busy and calmer. And imagine if you talked to a trained therapist who could help you understand your anxiety and how best to manage it.
Therapy is not only a great way to learn techniques to ease your mind as you need to, but it’s one of the best ways to cultivate an overall calmer mind. While it might not be feasible or needed for you to do therapy every day, you can still take these things you learn from therapy and apply them daily.
If you’ve never tried therapy and aren’t sure what to expect or what to say in therapy, don’t worry - everyone starts in that very same place. They will be there to walk you through it, and it gets more comfortable once you establish trust.
Do something hands-on
It’s a nice state to be in when your mind feels calm but tough to go through when you feel anything but that. If you need something to direct your energy and focus on, try a hands-on activity. There are numerous benefits to art, for example. Many crafty projects engage all of your senses at once and, with that, your awareness.
First of all, you don’t have to be “talented” to make art. Don’t worry if you don’t have any paintbrushes or colored pencils on hand, either. But if you would rather express your anxious thoughts in other ways, hands-on activities can also mean doodling, writing in a journal, cooking, gardening - the list goes on. Try out a few things, and feel free to switch these up depending on what time you have to spend, what you enjoy, and any other factors.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to do a small woodworking project like build a birdhouse or make a wind chime. In which case, one fun thing you can do to get out of your head and your house is to head to a craft store and find a starter kit. Immerse yourself in learning something new, and see how it feels to channel your nervous energy into something beautiful and useful.
Calming your mind every day
As mentioned at the start, we all have our days and moments where finding a sense of calm is a challenge. If so, these tips are for you. If you are someone who struggles with this daily and experiences anxiety symptoms often, these tips are also for you.
No matter what, know that it is possible (and necessary) to take a few minutes each day to slow down your body in order to slow down your thoughts.
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