How to avoid a melt down

I ask all my clients what they think would happen to their PC if they left it running 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year and never did a reboot, virus scan, disk clean up or disk defragment. They usually tell me that their computer would shut down and die. They are right, it would and that, my friends, is exactly what happens to your brain if you don’t shut it down and reboot it every now again.

This is one of the reasons people have ‘mental breakdowns’. Their minds are so full of crappy, useless and negative thoughts about themselves and others, often referred to as the ‘monkey mind’, that they drive themselves crazy and through sheer exhaustion the mind shuts down in order to cope. It is unfortunate, don’t you think, that we take more care of our PCs than we do our mental health?

If you have found quietening the mind difficult in the past, you may like try this breathing technique below. This breathing technique will help with anxiety and to also quieten the mind. Using this technique will distract the mind from focusing on thoughts by simply switching your focus to the breath. After completing the 25 breath cycle you may find you drop into a meditated state or even have a power nap. Both of these states will reboot and refresh the mind alleviating the “monkey mind” and avoiding mental and physical exhaustion.

This is a fantastic technique to use first up in the morning before getting out of bed, on going to sleep or anytime you feel frazzled during the day.

I would love to hear about your experience with the “monkey mind”. Feel free to share in the comment box below and don’t forget to let me know if this technique has been helpful to you in quietening and rebooting the mind.

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