Yesterday, I had one of those days where my mind gets caught up with “one thing” and I am not able to let go of it no matter how much I try. Luckily, at the end of the day, I was able to clear my mind. I did a few things that helped me do so. I am going to share them with you in this post.
We all have good days and bad days in life. All of us want to have good days. But that doesn’t always happen. There are days where you just want to lock yourself in the room and talk to nobody. You want to take a nap all day.
Other days are good—you are full of energy, you meet your friends, and you chat about this and that. Further, your work goes well, and your relationship with your partner is fine as well.
But there are days where you are caught up with something so deeply that you can’t possibly think of anything else. Your mind holds on to that particular thing all day. It can be anything like work-related stuff, something that your partner said or did, or just an old memory.
How To Reset Your Mind?
As I said, I wasn’t able to let go of this thing that was on my mind the entire day. At the end of the day, around 5 pm, I thought to myself that I had to do something about it.
Below are some of the things I tried that worked. I have also included a few extra things that can be helpful to you if you are in a similar situation.
The first thing I tried was meditation. I stopped all my work, sat on a chair, turned on the timer for 15 minutes, closed my eyes, and sat there quietly. I usually meditate in the morning or at night before bed. But I rarely do it in the afternoon or in the evening.
Meditation is a good practice to reset your mind. Sitting quietly for about 10-15 minutes can be really helpful in bringing calm and peace. You are constantly thinking and processing your mind throughout the day. Meditation will certainly make you feel fresh and energized again. I felt really good after my 15-minute meditation.
2. Watch A Movie
Watching a movie, especially the kind of movie you like, can help to take your mind off other things. I like comedy and thrillers. But this is recommended only if you have the time. If you don’t have the time, you should probably try out some other things.
When we watch a movie, we focus on the story, actors, plot, and other things. So our minds will not have the time to think of other things during movie time. I tried it yesterday, and it worked.
I watched a comedy movie and it was really good. After my meditation, I stopped working for the day and decided to watch a movie in the evening. That really helped.
3. Call A Friend
It is good to talk to someone when your mind is caught up with something. You can talk to a friend, sibling, colleague, or partner. But, try not to talk about the thing that you want to get rid of. Instead, just talk about other things. Catch up with old friends if you haven’t talked to them in a while.
Yesterday, while watching the movie, a friend of mine—who I hadn’t spoken to in a long time— called me. At first, I was surprised by her call. But we ended up having a really good talk. I was feeling a lot better after talking to my friend.
4. Go Outside
I didn’t go outside yesterday, but I often do it when I am feeling low. You can take a walk around the neighborhood, go to the park, or ride around on your bike. I usually put on my headphones, listen to some good music, and take a walk around my neighborhood. A good 30-45 minutes walk will get the job done.
Plus, it is also a good exercise to walk more often. Research says that you should walk at most 10,000 steps in a day.
5. Meet A Friend
You can go meet up with a friend. Meeting them in person will be a lot different than talking to them on the phone. Remember, your plan is to not discuss what’s bothering you. Instead, talk about something else—something that makes you feel good.
Maybe you can go watch a movie together or go grab a bite to eat as well. Spend some quality time with your friend.
6. Spend Time With Family
If you live with your parents or siblings, it is a good idea to spend more time with them. Talk to them, watch TV, play games, or maybe cook something.
7. Do Household Work
So your friends are all busy, you don’t want to watch a movie, your family is not around, and you can’t go outside. Then do some work at the house. Clean your room, mop the floor, water the plants, do the dishes, clean your bathroom, wipe that dirty mirror, vacuum, so on and so forth.
There will always be something around the house that you can do to take your mind off the thing. You just have to look and be motivated enough to do it.
8. Take A Shower
For me, this helps too. When I feel low and overthink things, I take a shower—a cold one. Cold showers are so much better than hot ones. It has a lot of benefits too. I feel fresh and energized whenever I take cold showers. Even if I have already taken a shower in the morning, I do it again.
Try taking cold showers. It can be tough at first, but it will make you feel a lot better afterward. Even if you take a hot shower, try lowering the temperature to cold a few minutes before you get out of the shower.