Having an entrepreneurial mind is a blessing and a curse. Often, it is really hard to find that off switch. That can lead to stress and anxiety.
This is why it’s important to find a way to calm your brain, and give yourself a moment in a relaxed state of mind. This can be something I really struggle with. I really love my brain and all its crazy ideas and activities, but sometimes, it gets a little too much. In times of stress (good and bad), it can be really hard to find that ‘off-switch’, which often has negative effects.
Whenever I don’t manage to control my thoughts for a longer period of time, I start having trouble sleeping and getting headaches. My body will start to feel more and more painful and tired. My energy levels go down, and I generally don’t feel very good. This is just my body reflecting what is going on in my head: stress and anxiety.
So what’s the solution?
There are many things that can help. For me, I know that sports and physical activities are a great way to ‘escape’. Writing also is a great help, hence this blog. But what I most recently discovered is meditation. This ancient technique actually isn’t what I presumed it would be.
I always thought meditation was some kind of weird activity. I imagined people sitting with their hands in their laps, making humming sounds and imagining a ‘higher sphere’. Turns out that this is not the entire truth. (These people do exist.)
A friend of mine told me to download Headspace. A meditation app that guides you through short sessions and helps you to become more mindful. I’ve tried it for a couple of weeks, every day, before I went to bed. What I found is that it really helped me fall asleep, because mindfulness is a great way to escape from my thoughts.
For those of you who don’t know: mindfulness is being fully aware of your thoughts, feelings and surroundings in the present moment. This might sound pretty easy, but actually being fully aware of everything in the present is a pretty hard thing to do. This is also why it works: if you are focussing on everything around you, and within you, in the present, you leave no room in your brain for other thoughts and troubles.
Training this awareness really gives me perspective and reminds me that my thoughts are just that: thoughts. Nothing more. It reminds me that I can caught up in stuff that isn’t really that important at all, and is a way to ‘reset’ my brain to a more healthy state. It can best be compared to cleaning your desktop: deleting unnecessary files. Organizing the others, and leaving you with a good overview and understanding of where everything is, so that you can be more productive.
Give it a try! 🙂