You’re trying to go to sleep but there’s a concert going on inside your head! It’s like your thoughts are being driven by an over-caffeinated NASCAR driver who’s blasting the car stereo around the race track! If we try to ignore the driver, they just drive faster or turn the music up louder! It’s almost like our mind giving us a giant middle finger when we tell it to shut up!
Maybe we’re watching a show and have to rewind it every 5 minutes because we missed something, or reading a book and have to read the same damn page 10 times in order to absorb the information! Yeah… I’ve been there. Racing thoughts and Bipolar Disorder are almost synonymous. It’s such a common symptom, but one of the hardest for many of us to manage well.
First off I want to say this… If you’re – even aware that you’re having racing thoughts in the first place, that’s HUGE! Give yourself some serious credit for that. So many people have no idea what’s going on. Their mind is being assaulted and they’ve gotten so used to it, or they just can’t sleep or focus and don’t know why. Becoming aware of racing thoughts is like a double edge sword though… Once you do become aware of it, the noise almost gets worse before it gets better. Just know that this is a normal part of becoming mindful. Let’s just call it growing pains.
Today on Polar Warriors, I’d like to offer 10 simple tips for coping with racing thoughts. This video was requested by one of our Patrons Heather Griswold so thank you so much Heather! We’re going to spend more time on the first technique because it’s probably the most effective one long-term. There are so many ways to go about doing this, so I’ll probably have more videos in the future that expand on this topic.
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