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Too Many Thoughts, My Mind Never Takes a Break!

post #1 of 13
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Do you do this, too? My mind is always going, thinking of several things at once, and it's almost impossible to make it slow down. The only thing I've found so far is my iPod, loud, and it takes over all the other thoughts!

If you are like this, how do you take a break?
post #2 of 13
When I get like that i try to go to the gym and do a little cardio and listen to my ipod to distrast myself or work on SAR drills with the dog (it's hard to stress too much when you've got a cute pup to focuse on!)

Sometimes i just lay down on the couch and just concentrate on breathing deep for a bit and try to chill out- that helps too.
post #3 of 13
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When I get like that i try to go to the gym and do a little cardio
Cardio always takes my mind off stuff! The tougher, the better!
post #4 of 13
I do it too. I never know how to get rid of it. If I'm mad, I usually clean or something like that.
post #5 of 13
I have the same problem, especially at night when Im trying to sleep. Usually Ill try to find a really good book or watch a movie to take my mind of things...doesnt really help a lot but at least its a little break.
post #6 of 13
I have that quite often, but it's preferable to the opposite. Your mind going completely blank or just forgetting what you were saying/doing or names for things. And definately preferable to the complete lapses where I can't recall anything - the cats try to take advantage of this "Did I already feed you?" Tomas: "brrbrr meeh (no, of course not!)".

Music doesn't help me, it's just the soundtrack to my thoughts.
post #7 of 13
Well I think I'm at that age if I think of something to do or find I better complete the task or I forget.
So a couple of weeks ago I bought a digital voice recorder. That is so very handy-I keep it in my purse at all times. I have had over 60 reminders to myself recorded on there at one time already!!
I can relax a bit as I know stuff won't be forgotten!!
post #8 of 13
My mind is always going! Im an insomniac because of that! I got medication for it now though! still think of 30 things all at once but its better than 3000! I concentrate on breathing sometimes at night and if that doesn't work theres always ambien!
post #9 of 13
No, I don't have this problem, maybe because I live alone and have plenty of "quiet time". You all sound like you could benefit from yoga or meditation, although I've never had to resort to either. It's worth a try, right?
post #10 of 13
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Thanks, everyone!

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When I get like that i try to go to the gym and do a little cardio and listen to my ipod to distrast myself or work on SAR drills with the dog (it's hard to stress too much when you've got a cute pup to focuse on!)...
I like the puppy idea! When I am exercising, it seems that is the worst time, though, since the movements are rote my mind is free to think.

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Cardio always takes my mind off stuff! The tougher, the better!
Maybe if I would play a group sport? Maybe my cardio isn't extreme enough!

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Originally Posted by menagerie mama View Post
I do it too. I never know how to get rid of it. If I'm mad, I usually clean or something like that.
LOL, I clean, too, especially if I am upset. When I'm happy and somewhat relaxed, my house is messy.

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Originally Posted by MonaxLisa View Post
I have the same problem, especially at night when Im trying to sleep. Usually Ill try to find a really good book or watch a movie to take my mind of things...doesnt really help a lot but at least its a little break.
Maybe it's time to start a new book, that is a good idea. I don't have trouble sleeping, thankfully.

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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
I have that quite often, but it's preferable to the opposite. Your mind going completely blank or just forgetting what you were saying/doing or names for things. And definately preferable to the complete lapses where I can't recall anything - the cats try to take advantage of this "Did I already feed you?" Tomas: "brrbrr meeh (no, of course not!)". ...
LOL!

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Well I think I'm at that age if I think of something to do or find I better complete the task or I forget.
So a couple of weeks ago I bought a digital voice recorder. That is so very handy-I keep it in my purse at all times. I have had over 60 reminders to myself recorded on there at one time already!!
I can relax a bit as I know stuff won't be forgotten!!
You have a great point! I used to keep a calendar and write everything for the day on it. (Right now my calendar keeps appointments but that's about it.) I'm going to start that again, then my mind can "let go" of some of the things since they are written down I won't have to remember them!

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My mind is always going! Im an insomniac because of that! I got medication for it now though! still think of 30 things all at once but its better than 3000! I concentrate on breathing sometimes at night and if that doesn't work theres always ambien!
I guess I'm lucky it turns off at night! I'm glad you are getting relief and can sleep.

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Originally Posted by Mz Kitty View Post
No, I don't have this problem, maybe because I live alone and have plenty of "quiet time". You all sound like you could benefit from yoga or meditation, although I've never had to resort to either. It's worth a try, right?
Interesting idea... I do have about five hours a day to myself, but I've found that's the worst time because, again, it's the rote things (housework, laundry) that let me think a million thoughts at a time. I wonder if I would even be able to do yoga? That's a good idea, though, I'm going to think about it. Oops, maybe I shouldn't think too much!
post #11 of 13
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I like the puppy idea! When I am exercising, it seems that is the worst time, though, since the movements are rote my mind is free to think.
It only works for me if I have music playing - that keeps my mind focused on the rhythm of the weights, the pounding of my feet etc.
The other thing you might try is go for along walk and LET your brain wander where it wants to. Maybe you can get it out of your system if you set time aside for your thoughts to wander like that.
post #12 of 13
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It only works for me if I have music playing - that keeps my mind focused on the rhythm of the weights, the pounding of my feet etc.
The other thing you might try is go for along walk and LET your brain wander where it wants to. Maybe you can get it out of your system if you set time aside for your thoughts to wander like that.
More good ideas! Thank you.
post #13 of 13
I have had this problem for as long as I can remember. Even as a child. It eventually took over my life so I really had to seek help for it. I take medication, do cognitive behavioral therapy, and learning to meditate helps GREATLY!
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