It has become increasingly more aware to me that I need to make a change in my daily routine. I need to focus more time on bettering my mental health.
1000 thoughts are continuously running through my mind at one time. As soon as I complete one task, I am immediately on to the next. Scratch that; while I am in the middle of one task, I am constantly thinking of the next.
I have never been one to take naps because guilt eats away at me. As I lay staring at my ceiling, my mind scrolls through an ongoing list, reminding me of things I could and SHOULD be doing. The same happens during yoga or when I attempt to meditate.
I CANNOT QUIET MY MIND.
My mind needs rest. My mind never stops nor do I know how to make it stop. I am a victim of my thoughts. As if the noise coming from the world outside my ears isn’t enough, the noise coming from between my ears is deafening.
My brain has gotten used to being in overdrive mode. My brain is a victim of the culture we live in, a culture of multi-tasking. I scroll through Instagram as I watch TV, I fix my bed as I brush my teeth, and I text while I am in the middle of a conversation. And its not that I don’t know this is wrong. I do. I just don’t know how to break the cycle.
To prove my point even more, I just got sucked into social media as I sat here writing this post. What is it about my mind that finds it so difficult to remain on one task? How do we retrain our brains to focus on one task rather than multi task?
This is a question I have been trying to answer. It’s difficult to cleanse our minds and even more difficult to keep them clean. However, I do have few tips that may be a good starting point for you:
- Devote time each morning to something that makes you happy. For me that means scripture time. I read a chapter of scripture and journal the message I received from it.
- Select a book to better your body, mind, and spirit. Right now I am reading QBQ! The Question Behind the Question by John C. Miller. Other books I recommend would be The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and The Tattooed Mormon by Al Carraway.
- Pray. Prayer is like meditation to me. I find that when I focus my mind on God, all the cares of the world melt away. My sole focus is centered on that singular conversation.
- Exercise. I find that exercise will not only make you healthier, but happier as well. When I work out I find that I am free to release all the day’s frustrations and failures. I also find that it clears my mind. I focus on my breathing. On listening to my body and understanding my limits.