Just like a child, stay focused and try to understand what is going on in your mind. If you begin to feel your mind run astray with negative thoughts, taking everything so seriously, then change that channel! Do anything, take action… There are endless ways to change that channel. I can lead with example. One morning for some strange reason I felt a strange sense of depression and negative thoughts that seemed to come out of nowhere. So I quickly took a long hot shower (which somehow helps me), popped on some favorite songs on my big “Mega Bass Studio” Sony headphones, and drank a tall glass of iced sugar soy milk. And magically, my spirits lifted. The depressive thoughts vanished. Endeavor to find different strategies that fit your own mind and life to derail negative thoughts.
On other days, this may not work for me. So then I actively do something about it. If you are being pulled out to sea by a tide, then you have to swim! Don’t just sit there. Your mind is drifting off uncontrolled like a boat without a sail, and there is nobody at the helm. And your boat is precious and is heading for the rocks. Are you just going to sit there and drown?
On other days, I run or bicycle to the gym and go to the sauna, whirlpool, steamroom, and then do some laps at the pool. That never fails for me. Other times, I will make love or go window shopping at the mall. Maybe another day I will drive to the Chicago Botanical Gardens or visit the zoo or look at the butterfly exhibit at the Nature Museum.
The point is that I will do anything and everything until my mind feels reset and able to focus on peace and tranquility. And look to your friends and family for other ideas. On one occasion at work, I meandered onto the roof, which was open on my place of work and watched Lake Michigan from the 34th floor (rooftop). I remember the peace that came over me…
Another day, I bicycled to the nearby Catholic Church I belong to St. John Brebeuf. I entered the quiet chapel and just prayed. That worked immensely for me that day. But everyone is different of course. For a Jew that would mean going to a synagogue or for a Buddhist the Temple and for a Hindu an Ashram.
The list of possible solutions is endless… Some others do yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, play a card game, play chess, play checkers, anything to refocus your mind and stop the “train from derailing”. An afternoon nap, perhaps?