A quiet mind

As a child when something was too hard for me, I reverted inside myself, although night terrors made that more difficult. In a way reverting into myself, saved with the frustrations as I had a lot of quiet time.

Over the years, like a light switch I continue to shut my mind off. Initially, I would write my thoughts down so that they were on paper and not a permanent fixture in my mind. I have learned that it’s more important to let go of the issues I have no control over, I switch off and walk away from those without giving it a second’s thought.

For the issues that are in my control, I deal with those. Because my brain is wired differently I have found a different way to switch off. Of course, I’m not completely exempt. if I am struggling, I’ll use my intuition to go back in and work out what my struggle is, then I switch off. That way I worry less and sleep better.

I also try to maintain a good bedtime routine and avoid anything that taxes me close to bed. It’s a good time to quiet the mind. I usually read or take a warm bath; anything that calms me. I also try to avoid the mandatory television slots or using my computer too close to bed.

It’s always important to find out what works for you and then stick with the winning formula.

22 Sep, 2012

6 thoughts on “A quiet mind

  1. Good ideas. Just wish I could do some of them myself like switch off.

    I usually can just lay my head down and I’m out, but I don’t sleep well and I get up early in the morning to get a head start on everything and have a little quiet time to myself. The mornings are my time to watch the news and eat breakfast quietly.

    I’m usually in bed by 8:00pm and get up at 4:00am. I don’t sleep all night most of the time and am awake around 1.30-2.00am then back to sleep. I know I carry worries to bed, but sometimes I don’t.

    Sometimes I’m just so tired I go right off.

    1. It’s easy to carry stress and that does have an impact on the way we sleep and for how long and sometimes we’re not even aware that we have something on our mind before we go to bed. Things seem normal, but then we’re awake like you say.

      The key for me has always been to clear my thoughts before they become stressful. Situations often arise during the day that if not dealt with can potentially can interfere with our mind, thoughts and sleep.

      It’s very important to clear stress and/or issues we have however minor they seem.

  2. I don’t believe I have ever really had a quiet mind.

    The only relief I have had from the noise in my head is when I completely disassociate which can be a very bad thing for me. It’s not quite the same as switching my mind off but it’s more like I’m outside of my body watching what’s happening to me and not really caring what happens.

    I used to keep a journal when I was younger, but my Mother ended up reading them, so I really didn’t dare to write them,anymore.

    Now I’m just very tired most of the time since I really don’t sleep very well and my girlfriend thinks I should get up shortly after she does.

    She has no clue what it’s like to live with the noise in my head. I’ve tried to be patient, but it’s wearing thin, since I feel like I’m living with my Mother, sometimes.

    I just really pray that she gets back to work ASAP.and spends less time in my head where she doesn’t belong!

    1. I would be tempted Randy to go back to writing a journal. I know how my writing helps me. I think sometimes it’s the only way we can rationale with our thoughts on what we deal with.

      I also believe writing a journal helps keep us focused and helps us find our own space when we need it. It would definitely be one of my considerations for you.

  3. I’ve started to try and maintain a good bedtime routine too. It’s so difficult sometimes in disciplining yourself.

    I think my illness has made me stronger too. Since I was a child, I’ve usually liked the odds against me. That way I know how well I can perform at something.

    1. I have to agree with you Mat. It can be hard to fall short on discipline, regardless of the discipline. Easy to slip into not so good routines. I tend to feel more agitated when that happens.

      In some respects my condition has made me stronger too, but in other ways not so much. I tend to emotionally struggle more when the odds are stacked against me.

      I’m pleased though, it works better for you.

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