My mind is always racing with thoughts. What should I do?

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Anonymous
January 20th, 2016 6:56am
Try slow down those thoughts and put it on paper. I highly recommend keeping a journal, or expressing yourself through other creative means like music or art. Never distract yourself, just manage and express yourself through healthy means
Maheen
February 14th, 2016 2:00am
Hey :-) We are human beings and its our work to think n take decisions... But here a thing we has to be careful that either its positive or negative...so here we have to follow those things which are positive and leads toward good result...sometimes we have flights of ideas its make us restless, so we should to solve things one by one..dnt go for all things at a time..try to resolve our thinking in a positive manner :-)😃
Anonymous
January 16th, 2016 4:40pm
thoughts can confuse you if their not organized .. grab a paper and write them all ... they'll seem easier to deal with then
Anonymous
January 14th, 2016 1:55am
Try to distract your mind from those thoughts by doing something you love such as a hobbies. I personally like to go read. Also talking to someone about the thoughts can get them off your chest, like someone you trust or a listener. :)
enlightenedPresence13
January 16th, 2016 11:33am
Close your eyes and relax your body. Listen to the sounds around you as you take in a deep breath. Exhale. Now, spread your senses to your body as you inhale again. And exhale. Open your eyes, smile.
SkyeLilyxox
January 16th, 2016 5:02pm
Breathing & Mindfullness exercises are really good. Have a look online for some that you think we will work best. It can take a few goes to get the hang of it, but it really does do the job!
Steelymic
January 30th, 2016 8:28am
I recommend keeping a notebook by your bed. I know when I struggle to sleep it's because my mind is still ticking over. I find it super useful to write down the thoughts so I won't forget them
bubblyPainting40
January 14th, 2016 2:25am
If your mind is racing with thoughts I would suggest taking actions to relax such as a warm bath/shower or just a simple task to focus on like reading or art.
Cheeney
January 14th, 2016 1:47pm
Meditating is helpful for calming your mind. Expression of your thoughts can also be great, for example keeping a journal or writing some thoughts down. Maybe a hobby can relax you too, for me reading or listening to music works well. Good luck!:)
SoftPillow247
January 15th, 2016 9:12am
Breathing exercises are great for this. You may not know anything about yoga, not even intend to try it, but there are some great meditation videos in youtube that may help you find a bit of peace wherever you are. Remember it is always good to stop, breathe and try to calm down for being too anxious over things can damage your health and affect your job, studies and family relationships. Try to tackle problems one by one. It provides the more effective solutions! Are all of those thoughts assaulting you really that important?
awesomeRainfall75
January 15th, 2016 5:26pm
I've felt mindfulness exercises always help me. A quick google search will bring some up but the basis is that you focus your mind on the here and now. You notice the sensations in your body, where you connect with the floor or chair. What can you smell? Hear? See? When you focus your mental energy on the present then it can take away from that never ending worrying and over-thinking.
Niyati30
January 15th, 2016 11:28pm
You should first have a glass of water. Slowly breath in and breath out. Trying listening to some soft music and then share your problem.
CarefreeKitty
January 21st, 2016 12:11pm
What helps me is to take a few deep breaths and try to calm myself. If that doesn't completely work I try to write down everything that is racing through my mind. Make lists of things you have to do. And write down how you feel. Just the act of getting it all out on paper makes my mind calm down abit.
Anonymous
January 21st, 2016 12:32pm
Try to distract yourself because during the time you are free, your body is not doing anything so your brain starts to think about things, so my tip is to do something which doesn't give your brain a chance to think
goldenWillow54
January 22nd, 2016 2:57am
Write them down; that is what I always go to first, and afterwards you'll feel like a weight is lifted off your shoulders. If it still bothers you, then try distracting yourself. You can draw or play a video game or watch your favorite show.
faisyah865
January 22nd, 2016 4:44pm
The best option is to sleep, to let your mind rest for a while. If that doesn't help, then sit down somewhere quiet and sort out your thoughts one by one.
Lshoe24
January 23rd, 2016 4:53am
Relax think positive and don't worry. worrying makes things 10 times stressful then you really are so just take deep breaths and think positive.
WindMelody
January 23rd, 2016 12:28pm
You should do some test for ADHD. Anyway, if you feel like it, you should try to "slow them down" by writing them on paper.
adorableSun37
January 24th, 2016 4:18am
The easiest first step is to practice breathing. Focus only on your breath, and find a 4-4-4-4 pattern. So inhale deeply for 4 seconds, hold it for 4 seconds, breathe out fully for 4 seconds, and then rest for 4 seconds (not breathing in or out).. Repeat as needed.. Good luck!
Anonymous
January 29th, 2016 5:32am
Try to meditate, it really helps calm down the thought process that goes on in your head.
madzie0599
January 31st, 2016 9:57am
Meditation is a great way to clear your mind from thoughts. I practice it on occasion myself and it does help.
Mike8448
January 31st, 2016 2:56pm
Focus you mind on your breath. Take a few minutes to breathe in and slowly breathe out. It might also help to write your thoughts down so your brain does not need to go through it anymore. Doing physical activities will also help.
ClaraIskald
January 31st, 2016 8:19pm
There are times when we seem to not be able to stop thinking about every single thing that has happened to us, in the very same day or years ago. We even anticipate what might happen tomorrow or within months and years. When this happens to me, I usually take my time to sit back and relax. I listen to music that helps me think of nothing but a peaceful environment, or go out to take a stroll taking my iPod with me. You learn to live in the moment.
kindPineapple32
February 4th, 2016 6:56am
Try not to think about those things mabye go hangout with some friends to take your mind off of the things that are bothering you
Shunyata
February 6th, 2016 2:31pm
Draw, write, listen to music, go for a walk, go outside and scream, watch a movie, distract yourself - possibilities are endless.
IAmAllEars095
February 6th, 2016 5:28pm
The more you try to not think about it the more you will think about it.So i think that we should just let the mind do its job.we as human beings cant multitask so if you doing some work or something you like then your mind will be focused on that thing.The best way to stop the thoughts is to listen or play music because then your mind will be concentrated on the music,the lyrics and trying to make sense of the music thats going on so it will stop thinking about other things
Anonymous
February 7th, 2016 10:01pm
Try writing them down or drawing out your feelings or talk to a trusted friend or family member or someone on 7 cups
Cleeto
February 12th, 2016 5:57pm
Everyone's mind is always racing with thoughts, it's our perspective about our thoughts that really matters. For a start why don't you wrote it down on the letter of what's been bugging you all day long inside your head.
Yourfairygodbro
February 13th, 2016 7:39am
You could write down your thoughts and then look back at them. You could try meditation if you want to calm yourself more.
charmingsmiles
February 14th, 2016 1:58am
Take a moment to take a breath. Look around you and see where you are. You only need to think one thing-am I okay? If you are in extreme danger, then you wouldn't have time to ask yourself this question.