This little episode comes to from the middle of the night. Yep, awoken by my busy brain just before 1:00am, capturing the moment to share a few thoughts.
Mind you, I just went to bed three hours ago, intent on getting a good night’s rest to start the week. Hmm. Didn’t plan on this little situ.
But here we are. The kicker that got me writing instead of just rolling over? A middle of night “bio-break”, as we call it at work.
When ya gotta go, ya gotta go.
And now my mind is flooded with work thoughts, and parenting thoughts, and so on…it is a little sneaky overwhelming.
So figure I’d make some lemonade out of this lemon (and red-eye interlude) by jotting and sharing a few strategies I employ when Busy Brain hits. Not sure what the science says about how to battle this situ, but here’s what I do.
1/ Like I tell my kids all the time when they say they can’t got to sleep, “Clear your thought box.” In your mind’s eye, counter the Busy Brain directly by forcing out the thoughts. Push them out; take control of your mind. Be persistent and insistent; clear your mind, or otherwise, focus on what you want to, not whatever pops up.
2/ Count your breaths; and make them slow, deep and full. Start with ten. Then repeat. And repeat again.
3/ Do exactly what I’m not doing just now. Keep your eyes closed; don’t turn on any lights( no screens. 🙂
STAY IN SLEEP MODE. Insist on it. And stay relaxed; and cozy; and comfortable.
That’s what I’m going to do right now.
Busy Brain? Stay relaxed, stay in control, OUT.