Mental Health

The Brain ‘Hacks’ I Use Regularly

My 3 M’s or the MnMnM’s as fondly named by my therapist.

We are all guilty of trying to put a lasso on the wild annoying Shetland pony that can be our subconscious. Sometimes it takes a lot to stop your thoughts from running you completely ragged. Here is how I do it or at least how I try to.

Mindfulness – A simplistic term for defining mindfulness is being aware of yourself at all times, you are now an observer of yourself from afar on a 1-1, everyday basis. One thing I have recently come to the conclusion of is that I am not my mind – I am not the awful thoughts I think at 2am or the odd things that come to pass on my darkest times. You are entirely separate from your mind. Ideally, if we could always differentiate between the two then you would always be able to achieve your full potential, without consequence or query, living happily without a doubt or care. Yet this is not the case for many if any. Trying your best to always be aware, to calm yourself in times of stress and ask for help, can go a long way.

Meditation – Meditation doesn’t have to be something that you see in Dr Strange or associate with buddhas. For me, it’s about relaxation and making a clear distinction between my thoughts and myself. Meditation is not always easy and arguably can’t be done wrong, but mainly it’s just about focus and your intentions. it really can be as simple as sit, breathe, relax.

Medication – Although it doesn’t work for everyone, and should not always be treated as the sole solution – medication can be incredibly helpful to most. I for one have found it incredibly beneficial.

Useful links – https://thecoachingconnector.com/the-perspective-that-changes-everything/

In the words of Time – “My dear lady you cannot change the past, but I dare say we may learn something from it.”

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