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Why will my brain never slow down?

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Last Updated: 04/15/2022 at 6:10pm
Why will my brain never slow down?
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musicalEnergy94
June 27th, 2018 3:46pm
the brain is like a computer. people have thousands of thoughts a day. organizing you brain may seem like impossible but it is possible to slow the brain down. a fast brain can be good but if you are not healthy within your body it can be harder to slow your brain down. many people seek out treatment for psychic energy and a Dr. will perscribe medication to help your body relax, another way is excercise because if you have mental energy then it is helpful to excercise to tire out your body so you can have a better time at bedtime to help you sleep and wake up happier.
Anonymous
July 12th, 2018 11:11pm
You may have a lot of stress or unmanaged anxiety. You can try many different methods of slowing your brain down and find what fits you.
Samasmokey13
July 19th, 2018 11:40am
Well for me it’s when I’m stressing out and anxious about things sometimes I just need to meditate or relax
OpenToAll1
July 20th, 2018 5:21pm
You are constantly thinking about things all day, which causes your brain to keep processing things.
felixthecat
July 25th, 2018 12:52am
Sometimes it feels as if you're brain does not stop thinking, and this happens to a lot of people. I find that it is best to find some time for yourself and try to clear your mind in whatever way works (yoga, exercise, meditation, etc.)
Anonymous
July 25th, 2018 5:22pm
Do you mean you're rushing to conclusions? Some deep breathes might help; breathe in your nose and out your mouth :)
Anonymous
September 27th, 2018 2:55am
It doesn't because you keep on worrying things and thinking things you shouldn't even think about, that might be the same reason why some people always feels like they're always tired and exhausted even though they're not doing anything. When I was always staying in our house, I used to overthink things and I always feel exhausted. I overcome it by going out and unwinding like going to the beach or park with my head phones on my ears and enjoy things that I'm seeing because we only have one life, so I decided to enjoy it while I have it.
KindMoment86
October 20th, 2018 8:04am
It may be helpful to discover relaxation techniques that work for you such as deep breathing, visualising a comforting and safe place or by focusing on relaxing each individual muscle in your body one by one. By practicing these exercises regularly both when you feel particularly anxious that your brain won't slow down as well as when you're already feeling calm; your brain should then learn to slow down and relax more than it is currently. It may help to look online for 'relaxation techniques' in order to find out what works best for you. Good luck and feel free to message me anytime :)
Anonymous
November 11th, 2018 3:15pm
You may often feel that your brain is whirring, a never ending stream of thoughts, feelings and fears. These can often be manifested via anxieties at school, work or in a relationship. If you have recently argued with a friend or family member, whilst also having missed important deadlines and dealt with a stressful week, it is tricky to get your mind to stop. Insomnia and anxiety are often triggered by these thoughts, so it is extremely important to stop for a moment, take deep, calming breaths and think about what to do. If you're unable to get a solid 8 hours sleep, or stop thinking about the weight you are being buried under, it is essential that you stop and talk to someone. Don't let yourself suffer! We are all here for you.
JohnSteel1984
January 13th, 2019 7:55pm
the brain will not slow down if its over stimulated! sugar, coffee, smokes, are the main things that do not help...rapid breathing, shallow intense breathing without exercise can trigger this to. intense subconscious imagery that the brain gets addicted to due to the release of hormones could perhaps trigger this (theory). Mania is also another big one that can really effect the brains speed. Stimulants drugs like speed does this. food coloring sensitivity can cause hyper activity so im guessing that could be a factor but mostly thats during childhood before there taught to really think. There is also foods and drinks like store bough juices, high levels of carbs could do this depending on your sensitivity to sugar.
eterntyinanhour9
February 10th, 2019 10:50pm
Sounds like anxiety. You've got to learn to control it. The two main ingredients for this are 1.) patience and 2.) meditation If you find yourself getting upset or beating yourself up for not succeeding, that's a lack of patience. You're looking for very small progresses. Do as much research as you can on anxiety and control. There are SO many different parts to this that can be practiced....some of which include: gratitude, self love, being in the moment, self discipline, purpose, etc. One resource I've found to help with mind chatter is: www.raptitude.com Additionally, I read/listen to a ton of self improvement books. It's hard to tell a difference over the course of days or weeks or even months, but over the years....man. I can definitely tell a difference. Patience and practice.
miraculousWillow64
February 15th, 2019 3:54pm
I have asked myself this question everyday for as long as I can remember! I did find meditation as a great way to relax my mind and slow racing thoughts. I do this every night before bed and the more I do it, the better I get and the easier it is to relax! So I don't know if your mind will ever slow down but I do recommend figuring out how to pause it from time to time with mindfulness and meditation techniques! Great question, thanks again! Believe me, I know, racing thoughts can be so consuming at times. I feel ya!
jkimz
March 7th, 2019 8:10am
There are two main reasons why your brain isn't slowing down. One, it is because your brain is trying to multitask, and as many research shows, it doesn't work. Two, you are afraid of the worst case scenario coming true. Thus, there are two things you can do slow down your brain. First, prioritize. Is what you are worrying about all EQUAL in importance and urgency? If they equally important, sort by urgency, and vice versa. And try to think of the one topic that is the most important and urgent, and go in order from most important and urgent to least. Second, ask yourself how realistic is the scenario in your head. Anxiety comes from unhealthy, irrational thought patterns that you believe are true. For example, when you fail in one project, you interpret that as you being bad at all subjects, you will be this bad forever, and you will end up homeless. But how many of this is actually true? Don't just answer. Really think...how much of it is REALLY true? And even if they are true now, how many can change with effort? if it cannot change with effort, simple--don't worry then! If you cannot change, there is no reason to worry.
Anonymous
March 17th, 2019 3:36pm
Yes, it may seem like it will not ever happen but right now you’re most likely going through a stressful and/ or anxiety ridden period of your life. Please know that you’ve survived all of your past hardships and you will persevere through this one as well. The tunnel to the future may seem dark but know and trust yourself that you can do it even if your brain feel like it’s going 100 miles an hour. I understand how you are feeling and I can also understand why it may feel like it never will, but I can assure that you will eventually reach a calm point in your life and be relaxed.
Anonymous
May 5th, 2019 6:20am
Having too many thoughts can be very tiring. But at the same time, if it is always like this, then it is a huge part of your identity. You can't really control that, it is what makes you you. But yeah it can wear you down a lot so you need to interrupt your thought process and remind yourself that your thoughts are not whi you are, they are just a reflection of what you are going through right now. Do not worry too much about it! Let it flow but remember that you are the one in control. Steer clear or at least try to do so for the negativity. Happy thinking!
15Kenzi
July 3rd, 2019 4:59am
Oh your brain will slow down. Even your mind will cease eventually. Your brain and your mind arise and dissipate just as all phenomena. All phenomena are impermanent. While we experience life, our human mind is a constant stream of desires and attachments to this experience of life. We can however, within this cacophony of distractions (Buddha called this the monkey mind, likening it to a grove of trees filled with monkeys all screaming for attention) develop a detached mind of observation to free ourselves from the cacophony to experience the awe of life as it is. Love and respect
gentleNight53
August 18th, 2019 8:14am
It all depends on what kind of routines you have in place, or lack thereof. Worry before bed and you're likely to ruminate rather than sleep. Meditation helps to center and clear the mind. Morning and evening routines help our bodies and minds predict what's going to happen next. Having time during the day to get your worries out of your head can count as "worry time" and then you aren't thinking about things before bed! Our brains are used to being on, that's why meditation is so important. Just like muscles, brains need repetition in order for this practice to be truly beneficial in relaxing.
MissLisa
August 22nd, 2019 2:04pm
People live very busy lives nowadays which can cause our brains to be constantly functioning. We strive to be the very best of one self and that can prevent our brains from being able to slow down and process everything that is going on around us. Remember that it is important to take time out for yourself to ensure you do not burn out. Perhaps you could read, or listen to music or even go out for a walk. Socialising also helps our brain. You could even meet up with a friend over some coffee. Just remember recreational activity is important for our overall well being.
Anonymous
November 13th, 2019 12:48am
I understand. My brain seems to go a million miles an hour, especially when I need to concentrate. It's very difficult and can seem almost impossible to manage but your brain is a complicated thing. We just have to learn how to understand it and help it manage itself, otherwise it'll never slow down. this usually happens to me in class, I have exams coming up and I just can not focus, its been really tricky trying to study with it going on but I think if I just push through ill make it to the other side. Remember- you're not alone.
lavenderb0y
November 14th, 2019 5:28am
I can’t say for sure but I can tell you mine doesn’t either. It could be some anxiety from different parts of your life. What thoughts are linked to when your brain is going too fast? Do those thoughts hold feelings? Why do you feel that way? How can you cope with it? If you’re not sure if any of that exists and your brain is simply too fast, you’ll have to find ways to cope with it. Remind yourself to pay attention when people talk. If you’re doing work, count how many times you lose focus. Take deep breaths when it becomes overwhelming. It might be mostly rooted in over stimulation, meaning the world around you is too much for your brain to handle at once in the moment. That’s okay. Take deep breaths into your stomach. Blink slowly. Find something you can smell, see, taste, hear, and feel. Remind yourself you’re in the real world and you could just pay attention to your surroundings without thought if you wanted to. When you feel ready, return your focus to where it needed to be. Take many small breaks. Most importantly, don’t be upset about how your brain works. It’s not your fault and you can cope with it. It may be a little different from your peers but you can get through it.
KiwiJacquie
January 3rd, 2020 8:55am
I have experienced a racing brain for the majority of my life, and it can feel as though there is no solution. Once the ball starts rolling, it gains momentum and just keeps escalating. It can feel really overwhelming! The good news is, you can gain strategies for overcoming this once you begin to recognise it (which it sounds like you do). I found that the best strategy for me personally, when I have a racing mind about something negative, is to first take 5 really deep breaths. Then I sit and think over the negative thought I am having .. is this true? What is the evidence for this? What is the evidence against it? What would I tell my best friend if they said this to me? It helps so much to think of yourself as someone you love, and treat yourself with just as much kindness and empathy as you would them. I hope that helps, and good luck! I hope you find a strategy that works for you to help manage your racing mind.
tigerlily2001
February 9th, 2020 8:41pm
It will be okay. Whenever you feel like it’s going too fast, take a few deep breaths and focus on a small countdown technique. What are five things you can see? Four things you can touch? Three things you can hear? Two things you can smell? And one thing you can taste? Once you finish taking a minute to observe your surroundings, you can think of one objective. Do you have a paper due? Or someone you need to talk to? When you’re filled with many emotions, your brain tries to compensate and get you thinking of everything. You need to stay calm, and do something to help you focus such as music, friends, lights, etc.
Anonymous
March 4th, 2020 5:12am
Brains are never meant to slow down! There's so much going on in life and we're always processing something even when we're not completely aware of it, be it a memory or an emotion. If things get a little overwhelming take a moment to pause and realize you need to take a step back and center your thoughts to focus again. Being mindful of your thoughts and situation can help an over active brain focus and concentrate on what is important and what are thoughts that can be discarded or 'put away' to be processed later. Such exercises are great at helping people who feel like their brain can never slow down.
PurpleEnglobe
March 20th, 2020 3:21pm
Yes your brain can slow down its only a matter of time to become aware of your thinking and letting the thoughts just be thoughts and not hang onto them too much so that you get carried away. Thoughts are like clouds and they come in all differnet shapes and sizes and also move at diiferent speeds according to the weather. Some days are more hectic than others and also diet can play a massive role in how our minds race as sugar is a massive stimulant also caffeine its being aware of these and many pitfalls on a daily basis good to keep a journal.
ExoCute
April 22nd, 2020 10:17am
It might be that you spend a lot of time doing things, I know that feeling very well. There are a lot of different efficent ways to try and stop this feeling, sometimes, just laying down in a comfortable position, not doing anything, will help more than you could imagine. At first it might feel a bit unbearable, but you can see your thoughts the way you would clouds. Just observe them come and go, and once you dedicate enough time to it your mind will slowly start to slow down. When you feel like you have too many thoughts, it's simply like having a lot of tasks you're leaving out, and all you need to do to complete them is observe them for a little while. It can be experienced you had through the day, worries, or just images you still need to process. Hope this helps!
Anonymous
May 3rd, 2020 8:23pm
For me, my brain is always on the go as a helper. This is my full-time career as well and my hobby. I think we get so caught up in the world around us, its hard to set internal boundaries and stick with them. Humans are hard-wired to be active and in society, it's hard to step away mentally and just go inwards. It takes time and daily practice to slow down and be at peace with that speed. Daily meditation, exercises like running or biking outdoors and listening to a friend with the intention of just reflecting back there words are all great ways to slow the mind and the body.
Anonymous
May 9th, 2020 9:27pm
I understand it can be hard to slow down in this busy world. I would try to talk about it. Getting it out can help to not be overwhelmed. When I feel like my brain is overwhelmed I take a hot bath or go for a walk to think things through. Usually that seems to help. Have you ever thought about counseling? It can help to talk to someone who has been through that Also. I know it can be sometimes a lot to get out but if you go to regular sessions it would be a relief I’m sure.
Zaif9
May 14th, 2020 11:34am
Our brain never slows down because we’re not focusing on the present but to think whether this will happen or not, whether I’ll get this or not, always clinging to the past. Our mind usually worries about things it is convinced are true but, most of the time, are actually not true. You can balance your mind's tendency to predict the worst outcome by coming up with positive alternative scenarios. For instance, your spouse seems distant and is sending out a lot of emails. You decide he must be having an affair. An alternative scenario: He is working extra hard on a project. Analyze what's most likely to happen. Most of the time, the worst-case scenario your brain comes up with is not the most likely one.
Anonymous
June 12th, 2020 6:30pm
Often this has to do with anxiety about the future. This may be worry about the tasks of tomorrow or stress from your situation. Additionally, on a biological level, brain activity naturally increases when receiving constant or intense stimuli. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to wind down in this day and age. I highly suggest doing things that may calm your body. Yoga, meditation, coloring, or listening to calm music can help. Getting your thoughts out is also a helpful way to slow your brain. This can come in journaling, voice diary, or simply talking to someone. All these things can help you reflect and work through your thoughts.
Shoko4917
June 20th, 2020 8:32am
Over-thinking is a common symptom of anxiety. Often these thoughts end in a negative perception of what others may think and of how you think of yourself. For many people loss of sleep is a common effect. It is completely understandable you have trouble controlling your thoughts! I promise it isn’t something you are to blame for. You aren’t alone. My therapist has suggested using basic breathing exercises to combat this. Focus meditation is often suggested if you don’t have access to medication, but there is no one size fits all when it comes to silencing the mind. Know that the natural state of your mind is clear and calm. You won’t have to deal with this forever, or alone.