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Is it normal to not want to think of anything?

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Last Updated: 09/24/2018 at 10:07pm
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October 27th, 2015 12:10am
Personally I love to not think of anything and just kind of stare off into space. It is cleansing to the soul.
January 10th, 2015 11:03am
Well if you feel like not thinking of things will make you happier and take stress off, then I believe it is okay for something's. It's normal to not want to think of bad things that have happened or not think of things that might stress you out.
June 30th, 2015 3:09am
When things aren't going well in your life or you're under a lot of stress, it can be normal. As a way of using that desire to your advantage, I highly suggest practicing mindfulness every day. You can do it literally anywhere, anytime. Notice things around you and in you--experience them without judgement or questions. Take five or ten minutes to survey your surroundings and possible sensations, and let each forming thought just drift past. It will become easier with practice and you'll notice your mind become gradually quieter and any possible stress may decrease.
March 13th, 2018 2:28pm
Short answer - yes. Long answer - sometimes, when I sit quietly, with no TV or phone or music to mask my mind, I find it running a thousand miles a minute. To the point that it hurts. And then there are days where the thought of grabbing the water bottle in front of me seems impossible. It's okay to not want to think of anything. There is a lot we deal with one a daily basis - internally and externally. Sometimes, we deserve some time off.
April 12th, 2015 10:40am
At times it is healthy to shut off from the world, activities such as mindfulness, yoga, medication could help.
June 5th, 2015 5:36pm
Yes this is normal- There is nothing to worry about. Even I, sometimes just think of a blank piece of paper, as I don't want to think of anything- I would class it, as your mind's rest. Your mind is resting peacefully, not having to think about anything, therefore, in answer to your question, yes it is normal- Hope I helped :)
May 24th, 2016 7:57pm
Not thinking of anything is what we call as "Living in the present moment". If we are not thinking about the stuff we are seeing is the living in present moment thing. This covers both the aspects, good and bad. We need not think of good or bad just be in the moment and see every thing.
January 10th, 2015 8:01pm
Of course! The mind tends to wonder in so many directions. It's nice to be alone with yourself and no thoughts sometimes! :)
January 25th, 2016 5:04pm
yes it is. sometimes things in life overwhelm us so much that we feel like we can't take our thoughts anymore.
April 5th, 2015 6:37am
Actually in many times, its a really good idea not to think about anything and sit all blank in void.. By this you can control flow or you emotions and help build up your thought process. At times of turmoil, this could be helpful although if you are too stressed out, holding back your emotions and thinking is like trying to tame a wild mad horse.. Eventually it will break the bonds and at that time it will hit you all with a strong force...
December 15th, 2015 4:16pm
So you don't want to think about anything? That's pretty normal to not want to think about the problems that might be occurring around you.
December 21st, 2015 2:53pm
Yes it is normal. Sometimes people want to shut off their own mind and try to not think of anything at all. It is perfectly normal, try coloring a coloring book or scrolling through social media to shut off your mind for a while.
April 18th, 2016 11:24pm
Yeah it is Youre okay
June 21st, 2016 11:48pm
Its completely normal. I often think this and many others as well. Its a normal response to stress and pain. Sometimes its easier to think nothing than to think everything
May 16th, 2015 2:47am
The answer is different according to which situation you are in. Please talk to a listener here to give more detail about your situation.
June 22nd, 2015 8:07am
Yes, but it may also be impossible! Instead of going against your thinking, go with it! If you find yourself worrying too much, set aside some worry time for 30 min a day, after that commit yourself to positive and productive thinking. Be mindful of your thoughts, it won't be easy at first as it will be new, but with practice you'll become an expert and instead of your mind seemingly controlling you, you will be in control :)
July 6th, 2015 3:18am
It can be normal, but it depends on if there's a specific thought that you're trying to avoid thinking about.
December 21st, 2015 9:49pm
Yes, it is absolutely normal to feel that way sometimes. There is so much happening around us, we need time to just sit with blank thoughts to avoid being burnt out. Take some time out and refresh the mind. Listen to calming music, go for a walk, do yoga.. Do whatever makes you feel happy. Pretty soon, you will be motivated to think of all the things that you need to do and be happy about it too..
December 28th, 2015 3:46pm
I think sometimes we shut down or must quiet our minds so I think it is normal to not want to think of anything
July 25th, 2016 1:00am
Absolutely, at times our thoughts can bring negative emotions into our lives without wanting them to
September 5th, 2016 1:21pm
No, sometimes life's just too stressful. However, if it occurs often, it may be worth seeking help. Good luck.
October 11th, 2016 8:56am
Yes. I feel like that all the time. With all these thoughts and emotions buzzing about in my head, I feel like I just want to wipe my mind clean of brainpower.
May 22nd, 2017 5:46am
It can be good to empty your mind sometimes and want to focus on nothing, especially when anxiety gives you many negative thoughts all at once. Meditation and breathing exercises can be good for resolving that feeling.
November 7th, 2017 5:44am
Judging by how people act today i would say they werent thinking to begin with. But yes it is normal to want that.
May 15th, 2018 9:35pm
Yes, people seem to seek it through drugs, alcohol and other habits or addictions. Meditations or prayers are also ways of a person to try to silence the voice in your own head.
September 24th, 2018 10:07pm
It could be well a sign of tiredness or even exhaustion. As an ex when we learn a lot and our brain receives constant input it needs time to process these information and also time to run in "idle/cleaning " mode to make space for new input. One can compare it to a machine constantly working, it gets hot so it needs to cool down. If that is not happening the brain gets an overflow and refuses to take in any more information, meaning does not want to think. If the brain does not get recovery time it can be overloaded what can cause serious damages.