Unplug Your Mind – Sort Your Stress in Five Simple Steps
Too Many Thoughts?
Every week I get messages from people who ask me how to stop their thoughts from whirring around inside their minds. Thoughts that keep them awake at night or make them feel anxious first thing on a morning.
I feel Ridiculous!
Every day folk who are trying to go about their day and maybe hampered by crippling anxiety or that dreaded feeling where you fear you are going to be ill or someone you love is going to be ill.
My clients say “It’s crazy – I feel ridiculous….I know deep down things will be ‘ok’…. but I just can’t stop feeling and thinking this way”.
If this is you then read on as I have Five simple steps for you to ‘Unplug’ your mind today!
- Stop. The first step to unplugging your mind is to stop everything you’re doing. This begins by stopping your body, and giving yourself permission to do nothing for at least a minute or so. You might try saying to yourself, “Just for this one minute, I don’t have to accomplish or change anything.” You are just going to ‘be’ in the moment so that you can follow step two below.
- Let the mind wind down. Now imagine that each of your five senses is like a door that lets information into your mind. Close each of these doors and imagine you have stepped into your own private inner sanctuary: offer yourself the gift of quiet. Your mind takes in so many sights, sounds, etc., all day long. For just a minute or so, let it rest. Close your eyes, turn off anything you were listening to, turn off social media, mute your phone. Then, see if you can quiet your thoughts by telling your mind, “You can rest now. Nowhere to go, and nothing to do.”
- Come home. Now that you’ve stopped and quieted your senses, come home to yourself in the present moment. Pay attention to your breathing and the sensations in your body without trying to do or change anything. Say to yourself, “The present moment is my true home, and I have arrived.”
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- Practice self-compassion. See if you can direct love and compassion toward yourself in this moment. Having let go of all busyness, try saying to yourself, “May you be well. May you be safe. May you be loved.” Repeat this over to yourself until you actually start to listen – this is a form of self hypnosis and is much better than the critical voice you have possibly been listening to.
- Release attachments to ‘stuff’ Finally, return to your breathing and for every out breath you can say to yourself ‘letting go, letting go, letting go’. Let go of your attachments to other people’s stuff, left go of your need to be strong. Imagine just standing on the side of a river bank watching the river flow and taking all those thoughts with it. Release you need to ‘do anything’ with those thoughts – they are just thoughts; there is nothing you need to do with them – let them pass, simply notice them and let them flow.
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