Life and work can come at you from different directions and seemingly all at once. Sometimes it may feel like when you plug up one hole, three more pop up. This constant bombardment of demands and responsibilities can cause your mind to race. And while this happens to everyone from time to time, when you can’t turn it off, it can quickly become a problem as its effects may not be not only mental but also emotional and physical. This is why it’s important to get the racing mind under control.
So here are three ways to help stop your mind from racing.
Mindfulness is like meditation’s cousin. They both require you to slow down, which is key to stopping your mind from racing. However, mindfulness is the awareness of “some-thing,” while meditation is the awareness of “no-thing.” When your mind starts racing, take a moment to draw your attention to what has your mind racing. Sit with it for a moment because you may find that what has your mind racing is not necessarily the situation but rather what the situation means to you or about you.
A racing mind is one of the many manifestations of anxiety. Anxiety is born in a mind focused on the future. In contrast, depression is born in a mind focused on the past, while peace exists focusing on the present.
When you find your mind racing, sometimes reassurance is one of the easiest and rapidly implementable ways to calm the mind. Start by acknowledging your current state of mind: “My mind is racing right now because there are many things I feel I need to address in a timeframe that is uncomfortable for me.” Then bring your mind to the present “While there are many things that I feel I ultimately need to accomplish, right now, I chose to focus on this moment and one task that I can complete with high quality.” The final step is reassurance, which is rooted in self-love. Take a deep breath and say, “Everything is ok right now, I am doing my best at all times, and in the end, everything will be ok. And if it isn’t, I will get through it like I have everything else and come out of it a better version of myself.”
Make Yourself a Priority
Many times a racing mind arises from wanting to do everything for everyone else. When you expend all of your energy trying to do for others, you not only create stress for yourself that can lead to burnout, but you also focus on “there’s so much left to do,” which creates a racing mind. Putting yourself first is an effective way to alleviate the mental burden of feeling you need that “things will fall apart if I don’t do it.” Make yourself a priority, and you will find that as you fill your tank first, you can more effectively be of service to others while still maintaining your peace of mind.
Here’s a bonus tip!
When you try to work, live, act or exist in a fashion not aligned with your core self or values, this can result in many adverse effects. Anxiety and a racing mind are part of it. Still, it can also result in a decreased feeling of self-worth, questioning your identity, guilt, poor sleep quality, headaches, abdominal pain, digestive irregularities, and even depression. Authenticity is key in every aspect of your life. And if you aren’t living authentically, you aren’t living at all.
So to slow down your racing mind, be mindful, reassure yourself, make yourself a priority, and above all, be yourself. So share that one thing that only you can do the way you do it. Remember that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love. Take a chance at being seen as your authentic self. And if you feel you aren’t sure what direction to go or even what your authentic self looks like anymore, I am here to support you. I offer free 30-minute consultations, and I am giving away free coaching sessions for a limited time. You can sign up for a free 30-minute consultation here or a complimentary 1-hour coaching session here.