Jenny was stressed. She had several projects on the go and the added challenge of organising a family dinner with her partner’s relations. So many thoughts overloaded her mind, with some going around and round creating ‘thought demons’; each demanding attention. There was no space left for thinking clearly about any one thing. She felt she wasn’t capable and was overwhelmed by the constant mind chatter and her anxiety was at a peak.
Jenny decided that this wasn’t good enough for her since she wasn’t enjoying life, so she followed the steps that I’m going to give you here.
These steps are the beginning of a lifetime habit that will quieten mind chatter and make space for clarity, problem solving and creative thought.
- Make a commitment to invest some time in changing your monkey chatter.
- Recognise when your mind chatter appears – make a note of what it is.
- Mind chatter loves attention – don’t fight it. Acknowledge it and change it.
- Prepare for transformation – ready yourself with positive thoughts (affirmation) to replace the negative busy ones.
- Create your vision of how you want to be – Have an image of how you are when thinking is clear and productive. It is helpful to have a symbol you can bring to mind easily.
- Practice – Each time you notice mind chatter, visualise your symbol and say your affirmation.
“But I’m in a hurry”, you say. “I don’t have time for this!”
The truth is, you don’t have time for the mind chatter either. It’s unproductive. By dedicating a relatively small amount of time to commit to and practice this different way of thinking, you will find it will become an automatic reaction to mind chatter and your mind will have the space to problem solve and create.
Why not make a date with yourself today to begin practicing being in charge of your thinking brain?