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Calming Our Overactive Minds

We develop certain thought patterns that not only contribute to our mental health issues but that can also worsen our addictions because we’re robbing ourselves of our mental and emotional clarity, peace and well-being. One of these thought patterns is that of obsessing, over-worrying, over-thinking, and dwelling, particularly on difficult and negative things that cause us more anguish the more we’re constantly thinking about them. When our minds are overactive, we suffer not only mentally and emotionally but also physically, because our minds are on overdrive, misfiring signals to our bodies, causing ourselves physical and energetic imbalances we’re often not even aware of. We might have more bodily pain and discomfort as a result. We might have worsened anxiety, panic attacks and depression. We might have been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, or another medical condition or anxiety disorder.

We often will turn to our addictions to try and calm our overactive minds, and to get some temporary relief from the painful onslaught of our thoughts. We find the reprieve we get from our drugs of choice to be addictive, because the turmoil of our minds is so constant, so overwhelming and so debilitating, particularly if the things we’re obsessing about are especially troubling for us. We feel tormented by our thoughts. Drugs and addictive behaviors give us the comfort, pleasure and escapism of getting out of our heads.

We find over time, though, that our escape is short-lived. We’re not healing our overactive minds, we’re not calming our inner selves, we’re just distracting ourselves and temporarily numbing ourselves to our mental pain. We want to find ways of calming our minds that are healthy, effective and self-nurturing, that don’t exacerbate our unwellness by feeding our addictions. Meditation is a powerful way to calm our minds. We can practice breathing exercises. We can meditate through visualization, such as imagining a healing light entering and permeating our whole being. We can meditate by focusing on a single point, such as a candle flame or sacred object that holds special meaning for us. We can use energy healing such as tapping to balance the flow of energy in our body’s meridians, or energy pathways. Our spleen in particular is associated with the energies of obsessing and overthinking, so as we tap, we can balance the energy of our spleen along with that of our whole energetic system.

When we’re able to calm our minds, we give ourselves a far greater chance of being able to heal from our addictions and mental health issues. The pain of our minds is perhaps one of the greatest catalysts for our unwellness.

The Guest House Ocala provides unparalleled, premier-quality treatment to those who suffer from self-defeating behaviors brought on by trauma and its underlying issues. We are uniquely equipped to help our guests heal from trauma-induced substance abuse, process addiction, anxiety and depression in a safe, comfortable and confidential setting. Call 855-483-7800 today for more information.