Not long ago I started a wonderful Facebook community called “Self-Care for Remote Workers” and in there I encourage all new members to introduce themselves and share about their journey with self-care. One share stood out to me, as the person shared something that I think many people struggle with.
“Sometimes I feel the need to wind down, but can’t stop my brain..something I need to practice more!”
This is wrong!
I have a different suggestion for you today:
How about when you sit down to relax – maybe you already have a meditation practice, or you sit down to have tea or coffee, or you like relaxing while jogging, whatever it is that you do – instead of trying to quiet your mind 👉 let your thoughts roam, enjoy where they go, let yourself dream and plan and indulge. The only difference to everyday worrying that you have here is that you don’t act on it at the moment. You can make mental notes of it, to come back to that thought after your relaxation time. Simply enjoy and explore your mind and all its crazy shenanigans. There might come a moment where your mind goes quiet, but then when it turns back on (and it will – quickly) you haven’t failed. You have just acted as nature made it out to be. You succeeded. Observe afterward how this feels as opposed to trying to “clear your mind”.