Stress gets in the way of almost everyone’s lives. It can build up to the point where it is impossible for one to think clearly and act in a straightforward manner. Once people calm down and collect their thoughts, they find that everything is much more manageable, and time seems to slow down. People have been struggling with this problem for thousands of years, which means there is a multitude of methods to achieve calm, collected thinking that have already been discovered. The main thing is to accept what is going on, and find the strength to figure out the problem.
1. Do not judge yourself
One of the major things that can get in the way of calm thought patterns is self-judgment. It is possible to learn how to remove oneself from the equation, and view one’s problems as if looking at a completely different person. This allows for unbiased, clear thinking that isn’t altered by what one feels they should be doing or thinking. Instead, one can learn the truth of what they are feeling.
2. Don’t worry about other people’s judgment
Another obstacle that people face when trying to think clearly is that they worry about what other people are thinking. This can result in useless worrying about what whether what they are doing or thinking will be accepted by the society around them. This leaves them feeling alone and scared. Interestingly, if one is able to silence the “voices” of the judgment they imagine themselves receiving from society, they will find themselves alone with their thoughts. This is more comforting than feeling alone because of perceived outside judgment, and will allow for clearer thinking.
3. Take deep breaths
Breathing is one of the oldest and most reliable methods of relaxing and clearing your mind. Inhale through your nostrils, and exhale through your mouth. This will result in automatic relaxation and it will aid in clearer thoughts. Repeat over and over again, and focus on your breath. Sometimes the answers will come, seemingly floating into your mind, when you stop searching for them.
4. Don’t hesitate
After relaxing your mind and thinking clearly, the solution to any problem will eventually reveal itself. At this point, it is important not to hesitate. Doubting the validity of the solution will result in the entire process of worrying and stressful thoughts repeating again. Many people get caught in this loop. The only way to find out whether the solution will be successful is to try it out. In many cases, it is better to act immediately with a solution that will probably work than to waste time trying to come up with the perfect answer.
5. Formulate your own strategy
Different people have different ways of calming their mind down and allowing themselves to think clearly. Some find that simply counting to ten allows them to slow down and process information. Others repeat mantras, saying the same sentences over and over again until they calm themselves down. Others employ the use of a stress ball, squeezing it until they feel satisfied. There are options of all kinds, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different techniques until a good method is found.
6. Be brave
Sometimes problems can seem completely overwhelming, and hope seems lost. Whatever the case, remember that it is important for people to keep fighting and never allow the problem to defeat them. Remember that for every problem, there is always a way out.
7. View each problem as a challenge
If one views every problem they face as a step deeper into sinking depression, they will never succeed. Instead, one should view each problem as another rung in the ladder to eventual success. If things are always easy, it is impossible for one to improve and to learn what they are truly capable of. It is only by continually doing things that challenge us that we learn and progress
8. Make sure you are getting enough sleep
Sleep deprivation causes people’s brains to think erratically and in some extreme cases, it can even cause hallucinations and delusions. In more moderate situations, one might be sleeping but for an inadequate amount of time. This will cause a less extreme version of sleep deprivation but it will still interfere with clear thinking. The expression “sleep on it” describes the value of sleeping in order to solve a problem, and this is completely valid. After resting, one may find that they wake up and suddenly know exactly what they have to do to solve a problem.
9. Organize your workspace and or living space
For many people, cleaning and organizing physical spaces actually helps them organize and “clean out” their minds of clutter. This doesn’t work with all people, but chances are that having a clean environment will help one figure things out and minimize interfering distractions. This is especially true with work-related problems.
Physical exercise releases chemicals into a person’s brain that aid in relaxation and a general sense of well-being. It can also increase one’s self-confidence. This can all help in reaching a state where calm, collected thinking is possible.
In the comments below, let us know how you’d deal with stress. Feel free to ask our team questions and share your stressful experiences.