4 Top Tips For Learning To Switch Your Mind Off

So I’ve been thinking about writing this for a while, mainly because I’ve not been in my best headspace (if you’d seen Twitter I haven’t been around as much as I normal) and trying to get my head to turn off has been awful. You know when you get a thought in your head and it is like you’re on a wheel and there is no exit. Your mind just continues to go on and on and on, you tell it to be quiet but it just doesn’t happen.

I woke up the other night and I was laying there thinking about all of the blog posts I needed to get done, all the photos that need to be taken, in my mind I am like this is the list that needs to get done. Like I’m actually going to get anything done if I can’t switch my mind off and go to sleep.

I mean over Christmas & New Year it had been a busy old time, surrounded by family, friends, eating good food and shopping in the sales, it was pretty busy. I mean I was exhausted, it was such a good time, but it is definitely that time of year where you’re socialising with pretty much everyone!

Literally there is nothing besides fluffy animals I love more than sleeping, I mean if you don’t find me by the fridge, spending time with animals, I’ll be curled up in my bed with duvets and blankets, so if I can’t switch off, it’s a massive issue.

I love a good nap, I mean at the weekend on a Saturday afternoon, if I am not doing much, I will end up having a nap, and roll around like I’m basically a cat. I will cocoon myself in my duvet and all my blankets and sleep.

So since I’ve been so busy with family, trying to take my blog to the next level it’s constantly like my mind is on the run, it’s constantly thinking about what I need to do, I’ve had to come up with tips to be in place to be able to switch off and be able to do my own thing.

Find a way to chill

I know that sounds like a simple way but I have found ways that really help me to chill, for example reading, writing, playing my computer games and watching films really helps me to chill down in the evening.

If you have things on your mind – write them down 

I am the kind of person that really struggles with having everything on my mind, having somewhere that I write about how I am feeling and everything that is going on in my head. It is like I’m able to brain dump in my diary and it really helps my life.

Be aware of when you’re overwhelmed 

Honestly when you’re so overwhelmed you need a chance to take a step away. It might sound like an easy thing, but it really isn’t. When you’re the kind of person that likes to immerse yourself in anything, take up every opportunity that comes up, and will do whatever they can to help, support others and go further in their life.

Say no & put yourself first 

Just say no. I know it’s not that simple and I know it is really hard to say no to people, but you need to practice self care and make sure you’re okay before you can support others. It’s important.

What are your top tips for switching off? Let me know in the comments!

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14 Comments

  1. 10/01/2018 / 11:20 am

    Hi Chick, just read this post and thought I’d share a few of my tips, as I’ve had to hone them over the years. I am a member of a site called Happier, who recently ran a course on self-compassion about self-care and looking after your mental health.
    Along with that and finding more me time, I find it helps keep me grounded.
    I make sure I have a bath at least once a week and treat it as a pamper session. So I’ll throw in a bath bomb, put on a face mask, get a movie on my kindle and a drink and just enjoy being still.
    I also have a bedtime routine to keep me on the straight and narrow where i use sleep pillow spray, lavender oil and listen to a sleep meditation to relax my body and mind (it might sound like a crock of shit but it does help)
    I even have a kindness box, idea courtesy of that self-compassion course I mentioned, where I put in messages of kindness to myself to look back on later.
    And I’ve got Fearne Cotton’s Happy journal, which is like a diary with prompts that I’m finding really helpful since starting at the beginning of this year.
    I’m always looking for more ways to look after myself as I struggle with a racing mind quite often, hence why I read your post.

    Not sure if any of these would help anyone else,but they help me tonnes. 🙂

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      10/01/2018 / 6:48 pm

      These are all such amazing tips! I absolutely love having lavender oil everywhere, it helps me sleep so much and I feel much more relaxed after a chamomile tea too! Thank you so much for sharing all your incredible tips! I know lots of people will appreciate it angel! xxxx

  2. 10/01/2018 / 2:56 pm

    I can find it so hard to switch off at night sometimes. Writing things down is definitely something that helps with me too because if it’s in writing somewhere I know I can’t forget it!xx

    Lucy | http://www.lucy-cole.co.uk

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      10/01/2018 / 6:49 pm

      Exactly, even if it is something small that you need to remember for tomorrow or it is your worries, writing it down gets it out of your system and helps you to relax! xxxx

  3. 10/01/2018 / 10:54 pm

    I love these tips. I watch an episode or two of my favourite TV show to chill out, or listen to some music. I also think not taking your phone everywhere definitely helps, as I now don’t take my phone downstairs at all, letting me sit and watch TV without distraction from the “perfect” world of Instagram which is stressful in itself!

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      11/01/2018 / 1:44 pm

      Those are such good tips my lovely! Listening to music can be really relaxing and slow your mind down when you need it the most! I hope you’re well angel! xxx

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      11/01/2018 / 1:43 pm

      Thank you so much angel! It can be really hard to turn your brain off sometimes, but small steps in the right direction to help turn your mind off can really help! xxxx

  4. 12/01/2018 / 12:38 pm

    This was exactly what I needed to read today, thank you! I’m a professional over-thinker so I find reading a good book or watching a movie to be the best way to switch off for a few hours. Great post! Xx

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      12/01/2018 / 6:05 pm

      Thank you angel! I’m glad you needed this today my darling, always here if you need a chat! xxxx

  5. 12/01/2018 / 1:42 pm

    This is DEFINITELY the sort of post I need, Amie! I find it so hard to switch off that most of the time, I just don’t bother. Because I know it’s so difficult I might as well keep working or blogging or trying to be productive. And I know it’s reslly not healthy! I need to find a way to chill and I mean really chill, a way that’ll switch my mind off completely from everything and everyone. Reading, blogging, watching things doesn’t do that for me anymore so maybe this is the year I find my “thing”! 💖

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      12/01/2018 / 6:06 pm

      I am the same, we’ve always got to learn that if we keep going we will just burn out and that is the last thing we need! You’re doing such amazing things angel, be proud of everything you have achieved, just remember to have balance in your life too! xxxxx

  6. 16/01/2018 / 1:51 pm

    Great tips! I agree, it can be really hard at times to switch off. I definitely find that reading, having a bath, and playing computer/video games helps me switch off.

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      17/01/2018 / 9:08 am

      It does doesn’t it? Having a lovely bath is so relaxing! xxxx

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