On rare days I will get a full eight hours of sleep, but sometimes I can’t turn off my mind, so often I will wake up in the middle of the night and stay up for hours. It’s more difficult for me to write when my mind is relaxed, so the anxiety I feel is best used by putting all those thoughts on paper. My mind is never lacking in stimulation, but sometimes I need to train my brain to focus on one thing at a time. You can google ways to stimulate the brain and there are tons of sites with examples of how to do so. Here are a few ideas that can help:
- Take a Breather – I spend all day on the computer at work and constantly using my phone throughout the day. I like to give my eyes and my brain some rest by going outside or looking through a window to enjoy a beautiful view and inhaling some fresh air.
- Get Creative – I love art and scrapbooking, so my mind often craves the need to be creative. Picking up a sketchbook, a coloring book, or indulging in crafts has done wonders to help me unwind.
- Get Moving – It’s no fun sitting at a desk all day or being a couch potato. Get the adrenaline pumping by taking a walk or getting a workout at the gym. Working in the downtown area of the city, I get my exercise by walking all over the building and to wherever I go to lunch.
- Read Fiction – Take a break from reality and read some fiction. The world is filled with enough drama. So turn of the news and those useless reality shows, and indulge in an epic fantasy series or some otherworldly science fiction. Let these kinds of stories take you to another place.
- Memorize Something – We depend on our phones and use calculators to do make our lives easy. Heighten that brain function by memorizing some phone numbers. Some people can’t even do simple match without using their fingers. Having to memorize the multiplication tables have made math much easier for me. Do math the old fashioned way on paper, rather than using a calculator. Memorize a few poems or songs to make that brain happy.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, Devour Me and Charcoal Kisses.
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