How Can I Calm My Mind?
Too many of us live with constant low-level stress that becomes so normalised that most of the time, we don’t even recognise it as part of our lives.
It’s so important to make time to clear our minds and bring some peace into our lives, even if we’re not feeling particularly anxious. A daily regular mindful routine is essential for a long-term healthy mind.
Here are 17 suggestions you can use to help make your mind calm and peaceful.
- Use the Flip Side Technique for Gratitude – When we’re facing a series of challenges, it can be easy to slip into tunnel vision and focus on what’s going wrong at the expense of noticing what’s going well. Using your journaling time to note three things each day that we feel grateful for can help reinstate a balanced perspective on our day-to-day experience. If you have a major problem, it is often helpful to write it down and start looking at the flip side of the issue
- Notice internal judgments – While many of us fear judgment from others, the harshest criticisms we experience are often self-inflicted. Nothing clutters and stresses the mind like internal self-judgments, so pay attention to your thought patterns and notice when your inner critic rears up. Being aware of these thoughts as they occur is the first, and most important, a step towards replacing criticism with calm.
- Be Kind to Yourself – Start being aware of how you speak to yourself. We are often our own worst enemies. We need to stop! Once we can notice our self-criticisms and judgments in the moment, we have a chance to practice self-compassion. You can try to speak to truth instead of being your critical self and it’s quite enlightening!
- Set routines – Setting routines are essential. It helps instil a day-to-day sense of peace in our minds. When we have set routines, we have fewer decisions to make during the day. This frees up space in our minds for bigger, more important tasks. I highly recommend The Miracle Morning and practice this daily.
- Use all your senses – Each of the senses – sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste, affect a different part of your brain. Use all your senses to reach multiple areas and receive a deeper sense of calm.
- Slow down – When your mind seems like an eight-lane highway at rush hour, close some of those lanes and reduce the speed.
- Use essential oils – Lavender, jasmine, or sandalwood in your home to induce a calming peaceful effect. They not only smell good and may have natural calming properties, but they can trigger good memories associated with the scents.
- Take your time eating and concentrate on the experience. When you eat too fast, you can’t enjoy or savour the experience. The calming aromas, flavours, and textures of the food are lost when you eat your food down quickly.
- Act with intention. When you listen, speak, and think with intention, your mind will slow down, focus on the purpose of the activity, and filter out distractions.
- Practice emotional freedom tapping (EFT). This mind-body tapping technique is a great way to regain balance in your life, as you neutralize negative thoughts and emotions, which hold you back.
- Take a hot bath or shower to calm your mind. Hot water soothes your mind and relaxes your muscles.
- Practice mindful breathing. Mindful breathing helps you to slow your racing mind and reconnect with yourself.
- Be present in your surroundings. Sometimes, we get stuck inside our heads. Pay attention to what’s really in front of you.
- Keep a journal – Journaling is a great way to get our thoughts out of our heads and onto paper. Writing down our most pressing thoughts and worries each day has a similar effect to talking to someone about them. By making time to journal, you’re giving yourself the chance to process your thoughts and feelings and to express them in a safe, private space.
- Create a to-do list – As a huge advocate of journaling, writing down your tasks and projects helps clear your mind. If you find that various activities and reminders keep popping into your head and distracting you from the task at hand, you will become lost in a fog of thoughts and achieve much less. Journaling can help increase your productivity and keep your mind calm.
- Exercise – It’s a no-brainer guys. It’s a well-known fact that exercise is a direct route to our mental well-being. Exercising for just 10 minutes can release endorphins, pain-killing chemicals that help induce a state of mental and physical peace. Start small and increase slowly.
- Change it up – Lastly, it’s important to remember that everyone is different. What works for one person, finding peace and calm might have the negative effect on the next person.
Start noticing your feelings, notice the times when you feel most at ease and make note of what you’re doing at that time. Also, if you are feeling out of sorts, you too must note the triggers.
Change it up including the methods above, or other suggestions you have heard of, and create your own list of routines that help your mind find the calm in your mind.