Our brain is a highly complicated machine. We are using the word machine because it processes information like a computer. The problem is that most of us don’t understand that our brain processes every little detail that is being fed to it.
We are in complete control of whatever the brain can process. The key is to avoid letting it process unnecessary thoughts that have zero impact on our well being and life. If you don’t control what your brain processes, it will be buzzing the thoughts all the time. Controlling thoughts is easier said than done, so in this post, we will try to grab some of the most cogent ways to contain unnecessary thoughts.
How to find out if your brain is buzzing with thoughts?
If your brain is always buzzing with thoughts, you may think it has a normal activity and may not even know there is a problem. So the first thing you need to do is to recognize if your brain is processing too many unnecessary thoughts.
For that to monitor obsessively with thinking about a subject. If you are, it may make you incapable of performing your day to day activities. Some people get lost in thoughts and are unaware of how much time is being ruined.
So if you find yourself incapable of completing a task because you are obsessively thinking about something then you have a problem.
Notice if your obsessive thinking is causing you problems at work.
Can you finish a task on time?
Do you find yourself lost in thoughts while completing the task?
If it is a problem then there are a couple of things you can do to address it.
1) start a journal
One of the most effective ways to track something is to put it down in a journal. So get a brand new Journal specifically for monitoring your thoughts.
Now simply start adding entries whenever you have an episode of obsessive thinking.
For example, your journal entry could look like this:
January 21, 2021
I couldn’t stop thinking about my colleague’s behavior during lunch today. She called me a liar because I changed my statement during the meeting. I feel angry and frustrated but she called me a liar in front of my other colleagues. I do not wish to speak to her again but I will try to address this issue the next time I see her.
Or if you have obsessive thoughts about something in the past or something that you think could happen your journal entry could look like this:
I don’t understand why most women call themselves feminist when they have no idea what the word even means. I saw a newspaper article today about a group of college students who were calling feminism being anti-man. Feminism is not about hating men. It’s about the equality of both sexes, and I don’t understand why these young women do not have a good understanding of it.
2) Avoid the triggers
If you are constantly thinking about one thing that happened in the past or something that you think could happen, then understand these thought patterns. Learn what’s triggering those patterns and next time similar thought crosses your mind deliberately expel it before the chain reaction begins.
Never give in to these triggers so you can control obsessive thoughts.
3) create a halting mechanism
It may not always be easy to sidestep the triggers. You may have to have a halt strategy in place to make sure those triggers do not leave to massive chain reactions.
There are a couple of things you can do to build your very own halt mechanism:
A) Get busy living
With most people, obsessive thinking occurs when you aren’t doing anything else. A free mind is a devil’s playground. So the first thing you can do is to make sure that you are always busy with meaningful activities where your brain is fully focused. A focused mind can never become a victim of obsessive thinking. Now it is possible that your obsessive thinking is so out of control that it is bothering you even when you were trying to engage with meaningful activities. Here you can learn to recognize the triggers and avoid them deliberately but that too may not work very well in some cases. So what can you do in that situation?
– Focus your mind on an engaging game. Games are a great way to keep your mind engaged fully.
– Go outside and be with nature.
– Talk to a friend.
– Organise your closet or get busy with other organizing chores around the house.
Whatever you do make sure that you are fully invested in the task. The obsessive thought will bother you and try to sneak in. We have to make sure that you quickly expel it while you focus on the activity. When you do this long enough, your mind will learn not to overthink obsessive thoughts and eventually get rid of them.
B) Build concentration
How to build concentration?
Lack of concentration could be for several reasons. These can include:
– brain injury or trauma
– mental health concern
You need to address these causes to eliminate concentration problems.
Brain injury or trauma
If you recently went through a trauma or a brain injury, notice if you didn’t have concentration problems before. If you have recently developed concentration problems there is a strong possibility that’s your trauma or injury has something to do with it.
Talk to your healthcare provider and fix the underlying cause.
Mental health concerns
If you have any internal disturbances such as anxiety, stress, depression, or excessive worry, you need to address them. These disturbances can easily affect your concentration. Several things can exacerbate the symptoms of depression. This includes poor nutrition, lack of sleep, and exercise. To address these problems and see if that helps with your concentration issues. If you are suffering from chronic depression or anxiety and it has caused you to lose sleep then there is a good chance that these are impacting your concentration levels. If you are unable to manage them on your own, talk to your healthcare provider and get medical help for the symptoms.
Another important factor that easily causes concentration problems is a consistent environmental disturbance. This could be anything from a chatty colleague to a sound of children playing or television. Whatever those distractions may be, it’s totally up to you to eliminate them from your environment so you can focus on your work. Sometimes, your thoughts themselves can be a distraction. For that you know to expel them as quickly as they come to your mind and cut short their process of becoming a full-blown chatter in your head.
Multitasking is considered to be an admirable trait of successful people. However, it may not work well for you if you don’t know how to do it right. Pair similar tasks that require less focus to be efficient at multitasking. Do not pair tasks that are complicated enough and require all of your attention. For example, avoid watching TV while you finish a work report. Some tasks simply require attention to little details that you may not be able to provide if TV is running in the background. If you are pairing two unsimilar tasks, that could become a reason for a “brain buzzing with thoughts” complaint. Put your energy into one task at hand so you don’t have to constantly think about it.
The bottom line
Assess your concentration levels and see if you can hold focus on one task, finish that task, and meet deadlines. If you can’t do that then maybe you have a problem with concentration. And with that comes heightened brain activity. Because when you are not finishing your work on time, you will worry about it all the time hence leading to brain buzzing with thoughts. Address all of your internal disturbances, eat right, sleep right, exercise three times a week, and deliberately expel negative thoughts before they become long conversations in your head.