Some studies suggest that we have around 60,000 - 80,000 thoughts per day (some actually suggest even more!) - which when broken down it's around 2,500 - 3,300 per hour - WOW!
Even if it was around 50,000 per day that's still 2,100 per hour - 35 thoughts per minute!!!
I find this truly amazing - It really is no wonder that in today's society we feel full of stress and worry and mental health problems are rising - because we have little chance of a calm mind.
As we start to come out of the 'enforced pause' in our life where most people have had to take a step back from 'the grind' or those who've not had that 'pleasure', have no doubt had multiple chaotic thoughts - triggered by stress and worry, leaving minds fit to burst. It is important for us all to try and take a moment to switch off even if it's for only 10 mins per day.
Having suffered from mental health issues over the years (those who know me know I make no secret of that, as I believe being open with people - might help them deal with things better) I have found things hard over this crazy time of not being able to work.
During this time of madness, this year has given us - there was a week near the beginning of lockdown, where I felt that I saw the 'dark spiral of negative thought' open up and it wanted me to go in. I didn't luckily, but I know how easy it would have been to do so. So since then, I have been trying to focus on giving my mind a time to relax and to switch off. I'm not going to say it's easy to do so because it's not - especially when your mind is like a monkey jumping from tree to tree I found I had to give up and try later in the day.
The ways I found helpful was to go for a walk - leaving my phone at home - so no distraction from the toxicity of social media and the need and addiction to keep checking it. Looking at the surroundings I'm walking helps to calm the mind - whether it's the architecture of buildings or the beautiful nature of the green trees and bird song.
Another way I have found is through listening to a recording. Now bear with me I'm not going all hippy-dippy on you although there is nothing wrong with that - LSW London has created a range of 10-minute recordings to help calm the mind which is yours to keep for £2.99 to play over as many times as you wish.
There is; De-stress, Relaxation, Gratitude and Reflection recordings.
There's also an E-Book called 'getting to know you' £3.95
Description: It delves into what it means to be a truly authentic you, how and why should we get to know ourselves better and what the benefits are. Full of exercises, journal guides and techniques, Getting to Know You will help you to dig a little deeper, and enjoy a journey of self-discovery.
Also available is a pack of LSW mind cards £9.99
Description: LSW Mind Cards are designed to help you to become more mindful of your thoughts and feelings and give you the tools needed to take back control of your happiness, focus on the present and spread positivity throughout your life.
The recordings I have which I have found very beneficial are:
Description: To listen to whenever you need a bit of 'me time'.
Description: To help you focus on what you truly want from life to create the most fulfilling life for you.
After reaching out to Lili, founder and creator of LSW Mind Cards I have received an amazing offer for my clients and readers.
It is a FREE five-day mindfulness mini-course to anyone who signs up for the free newsletter this week.
If you do sign to the newsletter and mini-course then maybe purchasing the recordings I hope it will be as beneficial to you as it has been for me. I have found that through doing this regularly I have been able to have a clearer mind and focus on things better with more motivation and passion.