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The Racing Mind

I have been working on this post for days now, and I cannot seem to get my mind to relax enough to formulate a complete thought. I started writing it out in OneNote, where I have several started, so that I could keep coming back to it as I needed to complete it. Normally that works, but not this time. There is so much going on right now, that I just can't seem to focus. I have tried exercising (this usually helps center me), drinking tea-specifically the Yogi brand and their Calming or Relaxed Mind Teas; I've tried meditation, practicing mindfulness, nothing is seeming to work. Granted, I do have a lot going on; I have decided to go back to school and even though I've completed all I need too, I am still pending a transcript from a previous school and keep hitting odd roadblocks; someone that is extremely important to me is struggling and there is nothing I can do but be an ear, a shoulder and offer support; something is going on with my bank account, so I am working with my bank to figure out the issue; it all kind of hit me at once and all within this last week. I have still been able to get my work done, it has taken me aa bit longer to complete things, but I am not behind. I find myself "squirreling" all the time. A great example is this darn post! lol I started it days ago and I kept getting sidetracked by Facebook, Instagram, all the social medias. Then I decided, since I was already digging through Facebook, to run another ad campaign, so I did that, then I had to create a business Instagram account to go with my business Facebook account, then I had to create a business Twitter account; I just had to get those things done right this instant!

I decided to do a bit of research on this and found some interesting things and some things that make you go "Umm what?!". Google defines Racing Thoughts as fast moving and often repetitive thought patterns that can be overwhelming. Well google, DUH! Right?! Who doesn't fit into that definition every so often? Let's dive into this definition a little bit and see if we can make some sort of sense out of it.

  • fast moving - well, one could argue that could also mean that you are an excellent multi-tasker, right? To be an effective, or excellent, multi-tasker, your mind needs to be able to process things and separate those things to allow you to do multiple items at once. So, one could make the argument, that fast-moving thoughts can also be a blessing then?

  • often repetitive patterns - for a lot of people, repetitive patterns are a great way to learn and memorize things. Again, one could argue that repetitive patterns can be a blessing.

Here we are deciding that racing thought can also be a blessing, we already know how they can be a curse, but what if we switch it up and only focus on the positive side of it? Of course, I know that it is easier said than done, but; there is no harm in trying, right?

I read this article tonight titled "Racing thoughts: 7 tips to stop them"

I encourage you to read it when you have the time. It gives a bit more insight to what can cause racing thoughts and gives some good tips on how to stop them. Some are ones that I mentioned that I tried this past week and if you are anything like me, do not be hard on yourself if your racing thoughts do not immediately stop.

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