{Friday Musings} How To Quiet Those Turning Wheels

I’m a super busy bee over here in Friskylemonville, MA (that’s where I live, dontcha know).

I’ve been getting ready to kick off the Spring Nutritional Reset.

I’ve been teaspooning cod liver oil and drinking lemon water.

I’ve been WODing and sweating.

I’ve been writing workshops and eating beef jerky.

I’ve been fretting over running a five-mile race in less than a month.

I’ve been devising ways to entertain you…

All of this working, working, working has my brain running 14 miles per minute. Or more. Probably more.

I literally feel like my brain is whirring.

Even when I shut down my computer and try to relax, my mind is still working overtime.

I can’t be the only one.

There’s no way I’m the only one.

Don’t worry– I’m still healthy and happy. It’s just my brain that’s whirring.

All of this thinking got me thinking. How can I quiet my brain for a while?

Well, I could…

Read a book for pleasure.  I read a lot, but it’s mostly reading for work. You know, nutrition books and such. There is a huge difference between getting engrossed in a book about adrenal fatigue and something like, say, the Hunger Games. Fiction lets my mind wander– fiction thinks for me. Sometimes, this is just the break I need.

Plug in my headphones and listen to some music. Listening to music lets my mind wander. According to this article in TIME, “there is some indication that music can affect levels of various hormones, including cortisol (involved in arousal and stress), testosterone (aggression and arousal) and oxytocin (nurturing behavior) as well as trigger release of the natural opiates known as endorphins.”

Make a list. I have a tendency to get overwhelmed when I think of everything I need to do all at once. Writing a list and breaking things down helps give your “to-dos” perspective. You can get everything done. It’s just a matter of slowing down and thinking about things step by step, instead of all at once in a big jumble.
Bake a Sweet Treat. Baking takes my mind off of things more than you would think. More than going out for a run, or even going out with friends. I need that isolated distraction and the satisfaction of doing and concentrating on something. Plus, I get to munch on whatever delicious creation I’m making…

Things like running, or walking the dog, or watching TV don’t work for me when I need to stop thinking. The sound of my brain whirring overpowers the sounds of nature and sitcoms. I get distracted easily when I’m in this state and I need to be “doing” in order to stop “doing.”

So. This weekend I’m going to practice some brain quiet time. Get ready for the recipes that I’m sure will be the fruits of my brain quiet.

How do you quiet your brain? What activities work best for you? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below. 

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