FIVE MINDLESS ACTIVITIES TO GET YOUR MIND OFF THINGS

This morning I had the strangest encounter at Dunkin’ Donuts.  Don’t get me wrong, I am aware I made a mistake however, these two creepy men screamed at me for it.  Needless to say, it has been bothering me all day.  I always struggle with things like that.  I let feelings and thoughts fester (ew, just realized I don’t like that word) until they eat me up inside.

I have been trying to not let my mind control my days as I used to.  Trying not to focus on the little things that will not matter by tomorrow or next week has always been difficult for me.  Letting these things get to me has always affects my mood, my work, everything.  Although I am still working on it, I thought I would tell you what helps me distract myself from my own thoughts.

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Reading a book always helps me clear my head.  I dive in to another person’s life or story and immerse myself into their narrative.  I find that fiction books work best for this since they describe imaginary events and people.

Painting + photography are two hobbies of mine that I use to clear my head.  If you focus on a task that requires your full concentration, you will slowly start to relax and clear your mind. You don’t have have the same hobbies as I do. You can knit, crochet, write, cook; whatever you enjoy doing, do that.

Working out helps clearing your head and I don’t know about you, but I have never been upset or worrisome after a good sweat.  Get your endorphins going and focus on what you love about yourself.  You will be clear of negative thoughts soon.

Taking a nap is like hitting a reset button for me.  If you have the time, close your eyes for a quick power nap and you will wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of your day.

Netflix is a great way to immerse yourself in something if reading a book is not really your thing.  Sometimes you just need to sit and watch an episode (or 12) of your favorite show to relax and declutter your mind.

What are some ways you clear your mind of negative or overwhelming thoughts?  Let me know!  I am always looking for new ways to get my mind off things that shouldn’t be there.

Caitlin Elliott