How to stop being restless?
Restlessness is a psychological and physical phenomenon in which your body and mind seem to unable to calm down. In effect, despite the tiring day, a person may not be able to sleep. The mind wanders and the body is in constant movement with no apparent purpose.
There are several contributing factors that cause restlessness. It may include stressful work, negative random experience, and anxiety. All of these things are the outcome of how you intuitively understand your own reality.
Most of the time, the unpleasant experience would almost always result in psychological and psychological restlessness. A restless person may experience the following symptoms:
- Heart palpitations
- Hypervigilance or hyperactivity
- Easily get agitated
- Difficulty to get sleep or insomnia
- Inability to control impulsivity
- Easily get distracted
- Inability to focus and finish a task at hand
Having some of these symptoms can be annoying. Your overall functioning can be affected. If you have the same problem, you may be wondering how to stop being restless.
In this article, I will be sharing some of the simple yet effective ways you can employ to reduce restlessness. Consider the following:
1. Pay attention to the present
It is easy to get lost in oblivion if you allow your mind to run on autopilot. It wanders into your past, or to your future. The tendency, you might revisit your negative past experiences or your future will shake your reality and make you anxious.
The only way to retrain your mind from creating unrealistic images is through holding it in the present. One way to do that is focusing on the things that you are grateful for. Focus on the good things that are happening in your life in the present rather than filling your mind with your past experience or the unfolding future.
2. Keep on practicing
At first, it is difficult to veer your mind from wandering. But as you do it consistently, it will become easier. It will be almost automatic. Practice is what you need. The mind is pretty much like any behavior. By training, you can make it “perfect”.
3. Develop a sense of humor
This may sound simple and cliché. But really, scientific evidence had been suggesting that even a simple smile could change the physiological process of the body. It could increase happy hormones which in turn refresh the brain and the mind.
4. Build a mental toughness
Our eyes constantly pick up many things around us. And our ears pick up the sound that resembles those things. In that case, we are lucky because our senses give us a view of what is going on around us. But on the other side of the coin, having access to the world is not always rewarding. In fact, our vision and hearing cause us stress and anxiety.
To avoid getting stressed, you need to strengthen your defense system. Build a mental toughness that will shield you in an unfortunate time. Train your mind to create more positive thoughts than negative.
5. Practice gratitude
Be thankful for the good things that happened and continue happening in your life. Be grateful for your success, your job, your innate talents, your family, and your relationship. By expressing gratitude, your mind is filled with positive thoughts which in turn rejuvenates your body and mind.
The modern science really confirmed that meditation has numerous beneficial effects on the body. This process allows your mind to focus on your personal present experience. Paying attention to your physical sensation as you inhale and exhale represses your mind from breeding negative thoughts. At that very moment, you become acquainted with your inner world once again.
There you go. You have the ways to calm down your mind. I hope that these tips on how to stop being restless help you develop a healthier mind and body. Good luck!
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.