The human mind is calm during childhood, and it becomes a chatterbox as we grow.
But in some intellectual people, it can be hyperactive, causing trouble.
It does not stay calm and is flooded with a stream of nonstop thoughts or imaginations.
This constant mental activity can lead to health issues and also deprives happiness in life.
This hyperactivity can also be due to some psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc.
Also, a disturbed mind is seen in those who lead a sedentary life or those who spend greater screen time i.e. before the computer, internet, video games, etc
Once, this disturbance in the mind starts, it soon becomes a habit and is difficult to rest.
On long-standing, it tends to lead to heart arrhythmia, paralysis, depression, insomnia, etc.
So one needs to calm down the brain and relax for better health and peaceful life.
Before we go into details on how to calm the mind, we need to understand the factors contributing to mental hyperactivity.
One of the prominent factors for the hyperactive mind is the current lifestyle of humans.
This current lifestyle easily triggers the hyperactive mind.
The mind should be in coordination with the physical body and work. But when the mind is more active than the body, the consequence is a hyperactive mind.
Since one is always forced to mingle with modern gadgets or technology, there is a lack of time for social involvement, and spending time for oneself.
This leads to a situation where the mind broods on past memories or imaginations about the future.
Due to television, video games, smartphones, and social websites, people tend to be ever busy with themselves. So the mind is kept active for a long.
Lack of physical activity
In the past, one needed to walk a lot, work by physical means, and play outdoor games, etc., so he had less energy for the brain. Due to this, it gets tired and desires rest.
But in modern days, there is less physical work and more mental work.
So man has been addicted to being overactive. We see many around us who are busy with their smartphones, and laptops.
Instead of talking and building relationships with colleagues, we build relationships on social sites.
So the brain is engaged in thinking, creativity, and fun.
In contrast, the rest of the body is completely rested.
Lack of nutritious food
This is another factor that many of us do not consider.
The type of food, the taste, and the nutrient content in the food also affect our mood and mind.
Our brain is made of neurons and supporting matter that is protected by a cover called the blood-brain barrier. This barrier prevents any toxic material from coming to the brain from the body.
But, food production is currently exposed to toxins, and pollutants a lot.
So food ingredients also have got decreased food value and more toxic value.
Due to modernization, we can get everything to eat in a simplified manner.
But the food we eat now is less nutritious than before which cannot sustain the high brain requirements.
To complicate further, we do not eat a balanced diet. Instead, we eat whichever is readily available.
So, overall there is decreased nutrition and enhanced toxins affecting the brain function.
Desires and goals.
Nowadays, some people fantasize about having dreams and goals in life.
In doing so, they focus their energies on achieving something big in life. But unconsciously they neglect rest, sleep and proper body care.
Further, those people with dreams forget the fact that success also depends on factors like luck, and destiny.
I have noticed that by dreaming of some goals, the human mind gets excited and hyperactive.
This, in the long run, seems to be more harmful than good.
So goals and desires should not overtax our brain leading to hyperactivity.
Nature of work.
Before the advent of technology, most of the work was done manually. Children needed to go to school physically by walk or bicycle.
Adults needed to work physically in most places including the kitchen at home.
But now. most of the work requires less physical work and more mental effort. This leads to a lack of coordination between physical activity and mental activity.
So, the brain’s activity has gone up, but the rest of the body has diminished greatly.
Even the body seems to have lost control over the thoughts. So we need to seek physical work than bench works for better thought control.
This is a silent yet powerful cause. We are prone to one or another sort of pollution every day like dust pollution, water, sound, radiation (mobiles and wifi), etc.
This pollution has greatly affected the health and weakened the body.
It is believed that radiation pollution is the cause of depression, stress, heart arrhythmia, giddiness, etc.
These mental-related issues do not seem to harm immediately but do it over a long time.
How to calm your mind
Based on the above factors, it is easy to understand why the mind is not calm. So for a stable mind, we need to adopt
1. Physical work
Engage in physical work to limit excess mental activity.
Physical work burns out excess calories and limits the energy available to the brain.
The more excess energy in the body, the more mental activity. Since physical workouts burn it away, the brain will be less active.
Also, the rest of the body with flexible and active to keep the brain in control.
2. Exercise and Physical workouts
It is not possible to perform heavy work for all due to the nature of jobs.
For them, physical workouts like jogging, walking, swimming, and the gym will help burn off the excess energy and keep the body fit.
Remember the phrase “A sound mind in a Sound Body.”
Yoga is a practice to keep the whole body under self-control.
It uses different physical techniques and breathing control to keep the mind and body in proper coordination.
Regular yoga gives proper self-control over thoughts.
Even breathing exercises like pranayamas are great for thought control.
As per astrology, mars affects the mind of a person. And for those with malefic Mars, there is no peace of mind.
And the best remedy for this meditation and yoga.
A deeper focus on internal peace and relaxation is provided by meditation.
Regular practice of meditation with slow and deep breathing will help calm the mind in a few minutes.
Meditation along with yoga will help reduce stress.
5. Social gatherings
This is a very natural method. If you feel hyperactive, go and meet some people and have a chat. It will bring your mind activity levels equal to that of your friends or people around you. This helps normalize the thoughts faster.
So it is better to have regular meetings with friends and family for stability and calmness.
Also, better relationships keep you stress-free and avoid the feeling of loneliness.
6. Sufficient sleep and rest.
Staying awake at night for long also keeps the brain active.
Haven’t you noticed that you have restlessness when you miss the routine sleep schedule on any particular day?
Even you find it difficult to sleep after.
So sleep, and relaxation adequately reduces stress and also provide strength to regulate your thoughts.
Adults should have at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep and try to go to bed before 11 PM at night.
But, I feel sleeping around 9 PM at night and getting up around 5 AM is the best option for mental health.
7. Reading and writing by Books
This is another technique to achieve calmness and unwanted thoughts.
Reading focuses your thoughts on what you read. So reading any pleasant adventures, spiritual books, etc., will bring your peace.
Writing brings coordination of hand and brain and helps slow your thoughts to coordinate your writing skill.
Besides, this activity consumes the brain energy and one gets tired and falls asleep.
8. Plan of work
Early in the morning, when you are awake and going for a walk or getting ready, make plans on what you want to do in the day.
This puts a lot of focus on what to do at the moment than unnecessary anxiety.
Also, this plan of work helps you stay disciplined and complete work making you stress-free. Stress relief calms the mind and helps to relax.
9. Handling the situations
During routine life, there will be few situations where we face embarrassment, due to which we develop anger.
Handling such a situation helps avoid stress and save your ego and avoid unnecessary thoughts later.
In such a situation, taking deep breaths and drinking water can reduce anxiety and stress.
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