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Stop Thinking About It!

Updated on February 16, 2013

How I stop thinking about stuff!

Do you ever find yourself not being able to stop thinking? Have bad thoughts (or even a song tune) in your head that won't go away? Have an occasional sleepless night when your mind keeps churning about that upcoming presentation at work? Join the club. Not all imbedded thoughts that keep your mind's gears grinding are bad ones. We need to get that straight right from the start. It is just that you need to stop thinking. Just stop.

I have a few personal tips that might help your poor brain get off the treadmill. Sometimes these things that I do have helped, sometimes not. It just depends. Don't give up, however. Perhaps just thinking about stopping can make the gears grind to a halt.

Who knows, perhaps just leaning on a blue car, resting your head on your arm and closing your eyes will work.

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Bob Newhart--STOP IT! - Get your mind off of it with laughter--

A classic comedy skit with funny man Bob Newhart playing a psychiatrist who has just what your need to hear to get your mind off all of the problems in your life.

My head is so full! The pictures just won't stop.

My head is so full! The pictures just won't stop.
My head is so full! The pictures just won't stop.

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Play Solitaire! Helps me stop thinking about stuff! - Playing helps me stop my brain from dwelling on a problem thought.

My PC came with MIcrosoft Solitaire Version 5.1 and I like the clean appearance of the card game. This software game has an ordinary green playing field on my screen. I get to choose the design on the back of the cards. Other than that fluff, it is easy to concentrate on the card game--just that.

Hoyle Solitaire & Mahjong (CD-ROM)
Hoyle Solitaire & Mahjong (CD-ROM)

Amazon does not have my game, but learning a new game might stop my mind from thinking about the possibility of tornadoes in the springtime.


Write a letter to clear your mind - Keep Calm and Carry On

I have found that if I am upset about an argument with a friend or something I saw in the news, it helps to write a letter. Yes, get the weight of the event off your chest. In that epistle, tell "whoever" your side or your reasons for being upset. Pour your heart out!

Then stop. Tear it up or burn the letter. Do not mail it. Just unburdening on paper helps you stop thinking about it.

Read a good Book to take your mind to another place! - A really good book is a good way to take you away from it all!

Find a book that you cannot put down. "Dead Until Dark" is a funny book about improbable events in Bon Temps, LA. Not great literature, but everyone I know that has read this book says they cannot put it down. Get involved in someone else's problems with vampires and hearing other people's thoughts.

Need a good book to help you get your mind off all of the unpleasant events that are crowding your mind? Then click the following link right this minute!

A Cozy Mystery Reading List
Lately, I have found that there are too many mystery novels that are just too weirdly violent and make me feel like the whole world is "going to h*ll in...

OR you can go buy this book on Amazon. Remember, you can download a book immediately to your Kindle if you are desperate for a good book right this minute!

Dead Until Dark  (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 1)
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 1)

A good read. The southern vampire series is so absolutely fantasy and can do a pretty good job making you forget the horrible reality that you see on the TV.


Other ways to stop thinking:

  1. Join Squidoo or some other free writing platform. You will become addicted to the process. Oh, sorry, now you have something else that you cannot stop thinking about.
  2. Visit a child and watch them play for a while. Then go join in!

What do you do to get your mind off of those recurring thoughts you would rather not have occupying your head?

Share what you have found successful, please. I need all the help I can get to stop grinding my teeth!

I must admit, the skit by Bob Newhart is really good.

Do you have any ideas or personal tips for helping someone stop thinking about stuff?

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