We all know that overthinking is a real killer. Some people suffer from it more than others, but we’ve all gone through it at one time or another. More than once I overworked my mind and started a never-ceasing circle of thoughts. Usually I was just too tired to relax or even sleep. Fortunately, we can all do things to relax our mind and body. Getting into the right habits can help us to practice regular actions to keep us healthy .
Most of us know that deep breathing exercise and meditation can help relieve stress. Here are just a few examples of other actions that can relax the mind and banish intrusive thoughts:
Try Green Tea
For all the tea drinkers, this is your best first step. Green tea gives you the benefits of L-Theanine, a chemical that can help reduce the body’s stress responses It can calm and soothe you and your thoughts. Take a break with a warm mug of tea.
I’ve written before about how much I love local honey. Did you know that honey can help relieve anxiety, fight off depression, and even protect the brain? Make your own salad dressing with honey. Add honey to your tea, coffee, yogurt or just take a spoonful every now and then. Try to buy honey that is made locally for the best benefits.
Chill With Dark Chocolate
For another quick break, break off a square of dark chocolate to boost your brain health and reduce stress. As an added bonus, dark chocolate is lower in sugar than milk chocolate, but it still satisfies the sweet tooth.
Relax in the Tub
When I was a kid, I took a bath in the tub. While my brother and sister switched to showers as they matured, I have never stopped loving a warm bath. As an adult I found that no matter how tense I was after work, relaxing in warm water made me calm. Even today it is part of my evening ritual of relaxing that ends with a good night’s sleep. If you really want to kick it up a notch, add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the water. Lavender has been shown to make a positive change in blood pressure and pulse, pain, anxiety, depression, and sense of well-being. It can also help you to sleep better.
Give Yourself A Hand Massage
This is a simple exercise you can do when stuck in traffic, at your desk at work, while your children argue, or any time you’re overly stressed. No one will notice. Simply use the thumb of one hand and press around the palm of the other hand. When you hit a sore point, press hard for a half-minute and then release. Slowly work your way around your palm. It’s very soothing.
See Your Doctor
If you are overly stressed and it is a chronic condition, you should see your physician to discuss it. Perhaps supplements or medicinal means could help you. Speaking to a doctor and receiving medication could be the answer. You could also try the likes of cbd oil to see if that has a positive effect on the way your thoughts swirl around your head.
Practice Positive Thought Every Single Day
This is easy to talk about and not really that simple to actually do, unfortunately. If you’re into the habit of being positive and being able to smile through every instance, then you’ll make life so much easier. Overthinking won’t really occur because you won’t allow yourself to get into this too deeply. Positive thinking is absolutely amazing for a person because it will make them see the good in everything – even the worst times. A lot of the time, we worry about stuff that won’t happen or that nobody really cares about – thinking positively will allow you to strive for more happiness and forget about things that don’t benefit you. It’s something to work on and practice every single day to get it right, however.
Nature is healing. If it is possible, dress warm and walk around your yard. If that is not feasible and you have no sunlight to hit your eyes, check out my post on Seasonal Affective Disorder. Even if you do not have this condition, everyone feels better with sunlight. My suggestion is to buy a full spectrum light bulb for your home and/or office. Use it daily during dark winters.
Spend Time With Your Dog or Cat
Schedule some time with your furry family. Sit quietly and cuddle. Go for a walk with the dog. Play with them.
Helping someone lights up parts of your brain that make you feel pleasure and connection. Doing something nice for someone lowers stress and lessens feelings of loneliness. It may even boost your heart health and immune response. Fun fact: When you spend money on other people, your body releases more endorphins (the same chemicals from exercise) than when you spend on yourself. Use the ideas of Advent Acts of Kindness to start thinking of ways to be a good neighbor, a good friend, and a good wife and mother during this stressful time. Small acts of kindness can make a difference for you and the recipient.
Wishing you all love and peace.
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