3 Ways To Get Out Of Your Head

I suck at sitting still to meditate. During savasana in yoga class, the instructor often taps the space between my eyebrows, indicating that I am furrowing my brow. Apparently I don’t know how to let go and do nothing.

What I’ve learned is that meditation doesn’t have to be sitting still with your eyes closed. Meditation is simply getting out of your head and being in the present moment (thank you Eckhart Tolle!). I’ve found that these 3 methods make getting out of my head much easier:

1. When you are doing something, put full attention on it.

Washing the dishes, walking the dog, eating a meal… Whatever it is, focus on that one thing and apply all your senses to it – sight, smell, sound, taste, touch. Get into the body and out of the mind. It makes doing anything enjoyable.

This morning I brushed my hair. I mean REALLY brushed my hair. Looking in the mirror, I brushed it for 3 minutes. It felt so good on my scalp that at some points I closed my eyes. I didn’t want to stop. Normally I go through the motions quickly and my mind is already on what I want to do next. This time I gave it my full attention.

2. Take a (really) deep breath.

My hippie friend Jay used to tell me to stop and take a breath whenever he saw I was frustrated. He would grab me and say, “Stop and just trust me! Take a deep breath!.” I would pull away and say “No!” and continue being grumpy. He never fought and accepted where I was. Jay Pullano – you were right all these years. One deep conscious breath works wonders.  Thank you.  Having hippie friends has it’s benefits!

3. Stop talking about it.

Sometimes when I’m having an emotional breakdown, it’s hard to focus. The thoughts keep coming and I feel stuck in a story that this happened, and that’s why I feel like shit.

What I have found works well is to STOP talking about it because that keeps me in the same place. If I want to vent, once is enough (twice if it’s really bad). After that I make the conscious decision to move forward.

What really helps to also is – sit down with a friend and ask, “Can we talk about you? What’s going on with you?.” People always have stuff going on, and if it’s a problem, even better. When you listen to someone else’s problems, it’s easier to recognize that everyone has silly stories. It also makes you realize how selfish you are being when you are upset about something, because all you are thinking about is how everything is affecting you. It’s a big world and there is a lot going on besides whatever is going on in your head.

4 thoughts on “3 Ways To Get Out Of Your Head”

  1. i love and so needed this today! thanks for sharing. you’re like a breath of fresh air. whenever i’m feeling overwhelmed and need to get out of my head, i turn to my free therapy: making art! what better way to clear out the mess in my head than to put it to paper or film? that and cuddling with the dog-kids of course. 🙂

  2. Tea…when I’m getting frustrated and nothing seems to change my mood, I take myself out of the space I’m in and go sit somewhere else, drink a cup of tea and just try to think of positive things, or things I’m looking forward to. Right now I’m frustrated with how little of my studying I’ve got done for my final exams and so I remind myself that in 15 days I’m done my university undergrad and that in September I’ll be in teachers college, or that I’m on a 4 month vacation where I get to invest myself back into my blog & youtube channel (since I went on hiatus for finishing this last month or so of school). I agree with all the points you’ve brought up and have done each of them at various times. But tea + deep breaths, I’m set to go!

  3. When I’m upset, stuck on something, or feeling down, I cuddle up next to my bug, fluffy cat (Max), put my head softly on this belly and pet him, listening to him purr. Its quite relaxing and it helps when he gives me kisses, like he’s saying: “It’s ok. It’s not that bad. I still love you cuz you feed me everyday.” Max loves to eat. It helps calm me down, and take a breather, just like what your friend, Jay, says.

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