Today I want to share just a few ways that I re-center myself when my mind goes places I don't want it to, at times it shouldn't (oh silly mind, why do you do this to me?).
- Write down what's on your mind. If it's task related, making a to-do list is best and if it's more of the emotional kind pull out your journal.
- Close your eyes and listen to an entire song. 3-4 minutes is the perfect amount of time to get you back on track. I like to listen to a song I've never heard before and focus on understanding the lyrics. Going on to Spotify and choosing a random song from the Your Favorite Coffee House playlist does the trick.
- Check in with someone. I usually call my mother when I am en route to wherever I next need to go on campus. The quick conversation where I am able to verbalize what's going on with me and get distracted from my own troubles by listening to her update is the perfect way to get some perspective.
- Take a moment to breathe. We have all been given this cliché advise at some point in our lives for the simple reason that it is true. I don't ascribe to any particular method, rather I just attempt to clear my mind by only thinking about my breathing.
- Light a candle. I LOVE candles which makes being at college particularly difficult since we aren't allowed to have candles in the dorms. Pick a candle in your favorite scent (I love Vanilla Cupcake from Yankee Candle), light it, and appreciate the great smell!
What do you do when you need to re-center?