5 things I do to quieten my mind

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In this fast paced world we all (most) of us seek ways to quieten our minds. I first got a bite of a quiet mind when I started attending meditation classes and regularly meditating. I soon realised that there are other ways in which I can quieten my mind and focus on one thing. There are some of the things I like to do when I want to tap out for a bit of time.

This is one of my favourite method to quieten my mind, it works like a charm once you get the hang of it. It took me a while (and a lot of practice) to be able to meditate, because as humans we are not used to focusing on one thing (the breath). There are days when I still struggle to do it, but on days when I get it right, it is magic. The key is to not have expectations and not to put pressure on yourself because those 2 always get the mind agitated.

Washing the dishes
I am one of those people who loves a good dish washing session; I get to concentrate on making sure that everything is clean and orderly. I really do get lost in the process and it helps to get my mind off things. And the satisfaction of a clean kitchen afterwards is the best.

I have recently rediscovered my love for reading – I slacked a bit for some years due to other things taking up my time i.e. technology. Since going back to reading regularly, I have reconnected with its ability to help me temporarily escape into another world and get lost in it. It is a great way to get away from whatever may be happening in your life and get lost in another person’s world.

Another recent discovery is colouring in books for adults. I love pretty things – so this was right up my alley. I’ve had this colouring in book for a while now and I have been loving it. Who knew that doing something as mundane as colouring in could be so therapeutic. It takes me back to my childhood and it is such a great activity to get lost in.

Colouring in book to quieten my mind

Take a walk
When all else fails, I take a walk in my neighbourhood – I make sure to leave my phone behind so that I do not get distracted. It’s a great activity because I get some fresh air, vitamin D (on a good day) and some exercise!

So, that’s the things that I do to help me to quieten my mind, tap out of this sometime very hectic world and have time to myself.

How do you quieten your mind?

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  1. Lebo Kuty

    Reading is definitely a great way to clear the mind. I am so nosy so a good dramatic novel usually does the trick for me. Cleaning as a whole relieves stress for me. Whenever I am at home and am not okay the house will be spotless

    1. Lungi

      It’s amazing how many of us find cleaning therapeutic! Thanks for the comment Lebza

  2. Lebogang

    Dishes Lungi, lol. I have a love and hate relationship with dishes.

    1. Lungi

      hehehehe – it’s a weird one I know.

    1. Lungi

      lol – a few closeted cleaners are coming out of the woodwork 🙂 – i can understand how it can help to quieten the mind.

  3. Ika

    Reading clears my mind everytime (even though I ‘ve not read a book in two weeks, life just happened I guess).

    Excersice(not everyday) and a bath afterwards is another thing I do to relax and clear my mind.The feeling afterwards is just amazing.

  4. Katleho

    Lol, and here I thought that I was the only one who found washing the dishes extremely relaxing and calming! Thank you for making me realise I’m not alone in this one! 🙂 This is a great post!
    Definitely agree with the reading one too. I think every avid reader will 🙂 I also take long baths and I find it extremely calming. I force myself to not think… Light a couple of candles and I sit in a dark bathroom with just light from the candle. It forces you to listen, in turn you’re not thinking about anything else.

    1. Lungi

      lol! a number of dish washers and cleaners are coming forth – I love it! That bath idea sounds sublime!

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