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Day 11 - Keep a Notebook on Your Night Table & Other Tips for a Calmer Mind

When it comes to quieting your mind so that you can feel calmer, there's actually quite a lot you can do for yourself. Having a few tricks up your sleeve will help you to de-stress and to lessen your anxiety when things are particularly chaotic. Let's take a look at some tips for gaining a calmer mind, such as keeping a notebook on your night table.

Keep a Notebook

While it doesn't have to be on the nightstand, keeping a notebook with you or within close proximity is a great idea for lots of reasons. The process of writing things down to get them out of your head can do wonders for freeing up space so that your mind can process things more efficiently. It really takes away some stress, too. You don't always have to do a major brain dump to gain the benefits, though. Simply jotting things down as you think of them can relieve your mind and help you to remember information for later. It's also great for creativity.

Morning Pages

Morning pages are sort of like a notebook, but it involves a routine of writing, you guessed it, every morning. This practice allows you to get your thoughts onto paper each day in order to process them and to find patterns in your thinking. It's awesome for working through personal issues and for sparking new ideas. Some people set a timer and write whatever comes up for 15 or 20 minutes while others dedicate the time to a specific number of pages (3 is a common number). This way the morning doesn't get away from you yet gets started on the right foot.

Nature Walk

Tools to calm your mind can come in many shapes and designs. Activities do a wonderful job of helping you to clear your head, as well. There's nothing better than taking a nature walk when you want to feel calm and centered. A change in environment can really help when you're feeling uptight. As can the movement that's required for the walk. You can do just a light stroll or amp up the intensity for a longer hike if you wish. The results will be beneficial, no matter which you choose.

Take a Bath

Water is a soothing element to surround yourself in. Taking a bath lets you soak your troubles away in warm water that can also alleviate physical stress on your body. Adding bubble bath or oil can contribute to the calm with aromatherapy. Plus, the process of taking a bath forces you to slow down, giving your mind time to unwind.

These are just a few of my favorite suggestions for relaxing your mind. Give them a try to see what results you get and then you can begin to add to your toolbox of relaxing tips as you desire. You'll soon find things that work well for you.

Sparkles and Love,

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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

the Mindful Maven and Mistress of Meditation, is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with everyday life support. 

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