Do you sometimes have a mind so loaded up with thoughts, tasks, people, events, memories that you become overwhelmed and exhausted?
The impact of such a busy mind can be numerous and disastrous for your health and wellbeing.
Some of the most common problems include:
- Poor sleep
- Lack of focus
- High levels of stress
- Poor decision making
- Irritable mood
- Relationship conflict
Breaking the cycle
Sometimes the destructive cycle of an overwhelmed mind is exacerbated when people cope with numbing or wipe out behaviours such as:
- Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, including binge drinking
- Addiction to illicit drugs
- Over use of prescription medication.
In some meditation philosophies the ‘monkey mind’ is a term used to describe how the mind swings from one thought to another like a monkey swinging from tree to tree.
Taming of the monkey mind with meditation is an excellent idea and requires lots of patient practice. I highly recommend it.
Research has shown how regular meditation and mindfulness practice assists mental and physical health.
Some mental health benefits include:
- Increase connection with yourself, your partner and to others in general
- More balance and less emotional volatility
- Experience more calm and peace
- Developing self-acceptance and self-compassion
- Becoming less judgmental
- Experience difficult thoughts and feelings safely
- Increase in self-awareness
- Becoming less reactive to unpleasant experiences
Some physical health benefits include:
- Stress relief
- Aids in the treatment of heart disease
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduction in chronic pain
- Improved sleep
I want to share with you a mindfulness exercise. Give yourself just 8 minutes to practice!
I will guide you to clear some space in your head!
You can then begin to slow down, find some clarity or just simply press the pause button for a while and maybe even help you to sleep.
The benefits are enormous with regular practice. I suggest 2 sessions of 8 minutes each per day.
16 minutes per day in total is a great start.
The technique is narrated by my dulcet tones, please press the link below.