The Cement Mixer of My Mind

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Possibly you tried the 1 minute to happiness from the last blog, or maybe you haven’t had a chance. Either way chances are your mind, like mine, spends much of it’s time like a cement mixer. It churns away all day long maybe taking a brief rest once in awhile, like when I’m running or bicycling. Otherwise add in some sand, some gravel, a little water, and I’m churning away again.

Some brains are just like this, they have a hard time turning off. Our environment, with a constant pressure to be available by phone or text, and to keep up constantly with social media or pressures of multitasking don’t help.

This is why I have provided a few additional resources which I have tested and found helpful in the search for a little peace in my heart and calm in my mind. They are all apps available on most phones or on your computer. They are all also free.

Calm on your app store or at calm.com. This app has several soothing sounds that will play over and over for hours, even all night long. It has a variety of free meditations, and will remind you via pop up to take a break everyday for a short 3 minute meditation if you set it up. It has a 1 week of calm series which will give you a different meditation every day to help your brain strengthen it’s calming resources. Once you have finished the week you can pay for more advanced services, or if you are like me you can do week 1 over and over and benefit more from it each time.

Mindfulness Coach is another app available if you have iTunes. The app itself is designed by the VA with veterans suffering from PTSD in mind. It explores the practice of mindfulness and gives a range of meditations from 6 to 9 minutes which can be useful to anyone.

CBT-i Coach is an app designed to help you develop better sleep. Even if you don’t use it for sleep it has a variety of short calming meditations to help slow your mind down. This is also available in the iTunes app store for free.

Lastly, on the iTunes store, there are a series of short meditations by Sharon Salzberg which I have found to be very helpful. She has meditations from about 7 minutes in length to 30 minutes. I have been doing the 12 minute one for several years not and found it helps decrease the churning for awhile.

None of these will drive the cement mixers completely away, but hopefully one or more of them will help give the operators a little break in the day.

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About Frances Wiedenhoeft

After a lifetime in nursing, anesthesia and the Army I now write, blog, attend school for journalism and massage, and watch my 3 grandchildren. I am a veteran of Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan and try to serve other vets such as myself, and to work for peace.
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