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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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Anonymous
August 14th, 2020 10:59pm
I can't answer for anyone but myself, but my brain is a tyrant of sheet rain in a tropical storm, mixed with hail, lightning, thunder, and sheets of ice simultaneously blanketing, blacking out, roaring, blinding, and howling all at once. Whether I'm anxious and worried about fifty million things, Manic and unable to call it quits starting 20 million different things, or just high because I'm having a rare good day and not realizing I am taking on too many thoughts at once. So much goes into my brain. So much light up all those delicate nerve centers. Setting off my anxiety, triggering my traumas, or sometimes just making me interested in life again. I have to learn to listen to myself, not stop thinking, or even slow down but taking a moment, normally at least a few minutes. to close my eyes and take a few deep breaths. To let it all just tumble around at once, but not grabbing on to any one thing. Letting everything in my brain becoming a river that flows through me, my thoughts like fish I feel and see but not grab a hold of, just observe, and respect and admire and let them keep swimming. Eventually, I find myself figuring out the answer to why they are racing, and I can calmly address that which is important.
Magicalmoongirl
September 6th, 2020 11:56pm
You could have a lot going on or sometimes if you don't have something like a set task to keep your mind preoccupied your worries and thoughts can run wild. Anxiety could be a factor in it or something like ADHD. If you have racing thoughts at night right before you go to bed that is especially common as well. Try thinking about one set thing and concentrating on things one at a time. If I get too overwhelmed with things to do my brain with work really fast and race between thoughts. Calming exercises and mediation and those types of practices could also help with calming the mind as well.
Anonymous
October 10th, 2020 4:00pm
This is what I used to ask myself a lot . I can feel your question. I think it's due to our hectic life style which is causing a lot of stress nowadays . I would suggest you to try Meditation . It has helped me a lot in various aspects . Petit BamBou is an application available in Google Play Store . Apart from guided meditation , A lot of Stories are also available there which always makes me feel more calm . Remember if you are patient and focussed enough , you will achieve tranquility because it's the natural state of our soul . Plus you can read some Self help books like The monk who sold his Ferrari . This book doesn't only talk about philosophies , it certainly gives simple and powerful techniques to live a fulfilling life . Hope it works for you ♥️
bubblegumPuppy68
October 25th, 2020 8:07am
Your brain won't slow down because you are still alive. What will slow down is your thought process. When we are young our minds race around with thoughts and curiosity. Always open to learning more and more. As we begin to age we lose some of our ability to think quickly as the time clock within us winds down. Good example I walk to the kitchen to get a cup of water but when I get in the kitchen, I don't remember why I came in there in the first place. I am stunned at my self. I can't believe I forgot that quickly. Your brain is a magnificent piece of artwork It is the essence of man. It dictates the functions of your body. So when your brain begins to slow down so will the body.
CalmCourage
January 20th, 2021 12:51am
I think I was much the same way in that my head would bounce around from one thing to another, what ifs... it wasn't until I started meditating, drinking water and doing breathing exercises that I got a proper hold on my obsessive thinking. Another thing that helped me was getting good sleep. These are simple things that do just make a bit change. The best for me was the meditating. The more you do it, it just compounds over time. It allows you to realise how your mind just runs away with itself. Making links and putting things together. It makes you realise you are not your thoughts exactly. I still have periods of obsessive thinking of course but with these tools it's made it a load more managable.
Anonymous
March 7th, 2021 8:15pm
Brain is very complex part of our body. Overthinking is normal expecially when it is just too much for us. At these times there are so much information around us and it can be really overwhelming. The best way how to handle it is relaxation and meditation. It is natural that older we are more we think. When someone is really stressed out it can even influence his sleep. From my personal experience it is very helpful to calm down and let all these intrusive thoughts go. Everyone has so many stuff on his mind.
Hereandnow65
March 19th, 2021 5:50am
There tends to be a strong link between the mind and the body. If you often have anxious/racing thoughts the emotional part of the brain interprets those thoughts as a real threat, which then activates your nervous system. An activated nervous system will lead to more racing and anxious thoughts creating a self serving cycle that can feel overwhelming. There are ways to break this cycle though. For example taking up a mindfulness meditation practice can help to create space between our thoughts/emotions and our immediate reaction to them. Deep breathing exercises during overwhelming times can also slow down the nervous system and induce a calmer state over all. Becoming aware of our own patterns and thought processes can also help us to acknowledge when our negative beliefs about ourselves and the world around us are influencing our thoughts and behaviours. Learning to notice this as it is happening gives us more control over how we respond to negative internal chatter.
GentleTruth72
April 7th, 2021 5:27pm
Too much coffee sometimes gets my brain spinning! It can be actually detrimental to my ability to focus and remain calm to complete tasks, reply to people, or stay engaged. Everything in moderation, I suppose because after all, life is about finding that balance or that "homeostatic equilibrium" that we are all perhaps searching for on some level or another. That said, when I have the right amount of caffeine in my system (whether it's from coffee or tea) I am able to move forward with what I need to be focusing on and it can feel very positive and productive and like a healthy flow-state! So it's all relative :)
bewellbeswell
May 21st, 2021 5:17am
I have often wondered this myself. Sometimes I feel like I have been washed under the waves and am really struggling to come up for air amidst the chaos. When this feeling doesn't end, it feels like my brain can't slow down. This occurs when I am overwhelmed. To help with this, I started writing. I'd write what I was feeling, what I had to do, how I'd plan my day, what I wanted to accomplish, and even, how I would accomplish these tasks. For me, this helps slow down the thoughts in my brain from swirling around so fast in the waves. Once a couple of my worries, thoughts or ideas are written down on paper, they no longer have to take up space in my brain. This allows me to slow it all down, and make space.
mellowmushroom0413
July 14th, 2021 7:45pm
Sometimes it's a result of a stressful environment, sometimes it's a result of chemical imbalance. It really just depends. If it's something that is really impacting your life (for example, your ability to function at work, efficiently make clear decisions, interferes with the ability to care for yourself, etc), then it would be wise to seek medical help from your primary care physician or a mental health clinician. It can be really frustrating to deal with to not feel like you can mentally rest, but that experience comes from somewhere and it's important to get to the root of it
immortowl0
October 9th, 2021 2:31am
Why should it? The question in itself is broad and vague but I choose to interpret it in a way that might be helpful to consider. I choose to interpret your high brain activity as either overthinking or overwhelm. It's important to look at whether this is caused by underlying issues/conditions, such as an anxiety disorder for example, or anything intrinsic that might be affecting you this way over an extended period of time. Otherwise, if this brain activity is situational, I would ask, why should your brain slow down? Sometimes, especially when under unfavorable circumstances, we tend to be part of a heightened alerted state. This state is truly uncomfortable, but we should learn to understand the uncomfortable. Behind that dissatisfaction lie greater standards for life. What I mean by that is, this is not your brain trying to sabotage your happiness or state of normalcy, this might just be your brain reminding you that you don't have to settle. It's good that it wont slow down sometimes, but you've got to be able to look at it critically. Look at it as a reminder. I'm sure we all forget to take care of ourselves, but that wont keep the body from demanding optimal circumstances. You deserve to be content. Be mindful of what you body is communicating to you. It takes time.
Anonymous
November 3rd, 2021 10:48pm
Your brain never slows down because you haven't taken the time to take a deep breath. Sit back and breathe and remember you are awesome! Let your mind ease. I know there are times when we feel overwhelmed with the many different things going on in our lives, but our mental health is very important to take care of. The body needs to clear the mind from stress. A person can do that by resting their eyes, reading a book, or sitting outside in a peaceful environment. Live your life at your own pace, and don't forget to breathe.
kira968
November 7th, 2021 11:39am
I think that you are experiencing a lot recently, at least that's a possibility, which is why you have to think about too many things. It is also in the personality of some people who just like to think about a lot of events and thoughts because it interests them. Maybe you are just interested in so many topics that your brain overloads and has to think so much at the same time you feel like it cannot slow down. I experience that, too, sometimes, when I have a lot of problems at hand, for example. You can try giving yourself a break and just doing something you love so you can slow it down again. Meditating might help too.
Anonymous
February 10th, 2022 6:43am
As people we are super busy! School, work, friends, me-time,-it's all hard to balance. We have been brought up in a society that values busy body's with fast thinking brains that can constantly absorb and spit out information. This can be incredibly overwhelming for you and your brain! I would suggest that if you feel like your brain is constantly running at a million miles a minute, you should try to write down what's on your mind. Journaling has helped me since the page acts as a mediator between my head and my heart. Making lists also help slow things down... if you're going to bed and your brain is still on hyper speed, try just writing a quick to do list and leave it on your desk for morning. If you think there may be something else going on, I suggest talking to a professional! Hope this helps, you've got this and you matter a whole lot :)
sereneBerry21
March 24th, 2022 7:23am
This is a common thought that most of us have quite frequently, especially with the pandemic stress that has been looming around the past couple years. Rather than focusing on one's brain speed, taking a break and spending a couple minutes practicing mindfulness meditation first thing in the morning and before bedtime can be quite calming. To get started, listening to guided meditation can help teach you how to focus your attention to other areas that are not your thoughts such as your breath. Simply breathing differently can produce a calming effect to your central nervous system. When you think about it (pun intended), when we are stressed, worried, or fearing something we take shallow breaths. Mindfulness meditation can be simple as just pausing and noticing how you are breathing. Learning to stop and checkin with your body and how you are breathing is an easy way to sneak mindfulness meditation into your day. Just take a deep inhalation, hold, and release slowly. Repeat a couple times and notice how you feel afterwards.
xOso
April 15th, 2022 6:10pm
The brain is amazing and many don't realize we have more control than we know. When you realize your brain is racing you can implement different strategies to alleviate this sensation. For example, try shifting your focus to something calming and avoid thinking about what is making it race. Furthermore, focus on your breathing. Taking attention away from the racing thoughts and/or shifting focus to something specific can help is reducing the feeling of your brain going too fast. Try doing a task that is slower and focus on it intently. For example, reading a book or meditating can take a lot of focus, however, is very relaxing.