My mind won’t shut off. I can’t stop thinking about (-insert your topic here-). I want to get my thoughts focused.
So often it seems impossible to “turn off” all the random or persistent thoughts to be able to focus or perhaps fall asleep.
1. Focus on some white noise for a few minutes, perhaps a fan or some water
Choose a word that has no emotional meaning to focus on and repeat over and over, such as “one”
3. Tire your Brain Circuits
Counting sheep may work for some people, but to increase the usefulness we need to engage the logic circuits out. Try counting backwards from 401 by 7: 401, 394, etc…
4. Engage the sensory and activity wiring in the brain
Picture yourself in a soothing and repetitive activity, such as swimming or floating on the water. In as much detail as possible be aware of: sensation, temperature of the water and air, the aroma and smell, gentle ocean wave sounds, how is your body moving – or not, and so on.
Pause for five slow, deep, abdominal breaths. Feeling the air swirling down to your belly button and filling you from bottom up, then slowly exhaling allowing all your tension and stress to drain away with the spent air.
Try one at a time. When you find the one that works best for you, hold on to it!