Our mind is quite possibly the most powerful tool that we have. For those who are tech savvy, it can be compared to a computer’s CPU (Central Processing Unit), as it is the one who controls almost everything that we do. From walking to breathing, and other important bodily functions, our mind is what directs most of them.
But our minds aren’t made just for mobility and function. With it, we can also form coherent thoughts, plan way ahead into the future, and be self-aware. However, we sometimes flood it with too many thoughts, worries, plans, ideas, and more, causing it to be overworked and later on burn out. Allowing it to naturally destress for our wellbeing, and here’s how you do just that.
Be more Grateful and Make a Gratitude Journal
One of the reasons our minds can become constantly stressed is due to how much we tend to be unappreciative. We focus so much on the things that we don’t have in life. We actively seek out the things that aren’t in front of us, and forget to appreciate everything that’s right under our noses.
Shift your focus from what you think you don’t have, to all of the things that you already have to be grateful for. Cultivating an appreciative perspective brings many benefits, as it attracts positivity, success, and happiness. Making a gratitude journal will make the process easier, and at the same time making it closer to your heart.
A good way to relax your mind is to let the thoughts flow freely and simply observe them. No judgement, no labels, just purely observing every one of them come and go, as they always do. The best way to attain this state is by practicing meditation.
During a single session, meditation can effectively calm your body and relax your mind. With continued practice, meditation can eventually lead to less reactivity to stress and to be more resilient in face of it. A very useful meditation technique is what’s called Mantra meditation, which is simple and effective, and is a great place to start.
A Change in Sight, a Change in Mind
The habitual patterns that our minds have play a huge role to its temperament. If your mind is used to negative thought patterns, it’s more likely to have more stress triggers than usual. Cognitive restructuring is an approach that focuses on changing habitual thought patterns into ones that lessens stress triggers and promotes relaxation, as well as positivity.
Our minds are constantly in a state of changing, and adapting, to whatever we feed it. Taking good care of it through healthy practices like meditation, making a gratitude journal, and cognitive restructuring is a few techniques that helps calm the mind down. Remember to give it a breather from time to time, and allow it to be in the moment in a positive way.