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What Are Some Tips to Calm My “Monkey Mind?”

Buddhists refer to the ‘monkey mind’ as a term that refers to feeling unsettled, restless, or confused. The monkey mind can often be your biggest critic, as it is the part of your brain associated with ‘ego.’ The ego is the one that can get you into the most trouble in addiction but it can also stifle creativity and prevent you from moving forward with your passions. Find some ways to calm that monkey mind of yours and you might just find some peace.

Get Grounded

The monkey mind is scattered and hapless. To get more grounded, it helps to practice being present. Mindfulness is a great way to step into the here and now. It is essential to inspire the best of your creativity, time, and purpose when you feel like you’re scattered. You are more likely to receive healing and comfort when you are awake to the world around you with an open mind.

Get Quiet

Try to sit still for a moment and think about what calms you. Contemplate how you can incorporate these activities into your daily life. Even just a few moments of walking meditation and mindful breathing can bring you into the present moment. In addition to mindfulness, try sitting in stillness before writing, working, or doing other activities. Our minds are so scattered with the multi-tasking we do each day that sitting in stillness even before an activity can help bring clarity and focus to what we want to accomplish next.

Get Clear

The ego has the ability to create false thoughts, which is the inner chatter we hear on a daily basis that others do not. It is often the voice in our heads that nobody else hears which gets us in trouble. We can become overwhelmed by these thoughts and lose touch with reality. During meditation, it’s a good idea to let thoughts come and go, rather than become obsessed by them. Focusing too intently on our thoughts provides a greater chance we will lose touch with the present moment and start to let our minds wander.

Your mind is your greatest asset, but it can also kill your recovery. Don’t let that happen to you. Mindfulness is a daily practice which can bring you back to present and help you focus on the here and now. You will find that being present is easier if you give yourself those moments to quiet your mind, breathe deeply, and accept the present for what it is and let go of everything else.

Presence is a powerful key to staying sober in recovery. Even if relapse happens, you can bring yourself back to the present moment everyday to focus on your intention of staying sober. Serenity is here to help you find what you need when you need tools and resources to get on track with recovery. Call us to find out how we can help you design a program that shifts your monkey mind into focus. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964