Routines For An Overactive Mind

Having an overactive mind can lead to constant stress, anxiety, and overwhelm. Luckily, a consistent routine can help to shift your mind from overdrive to calm. In this episode of the Routine and Things Podcast, you’ll learn how important routines can be when your mind is in a state of overactivity. You’ll also learn what to consider when creating routines to better manage your mindset. No need to overthink this, tune into this episode now!
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Ashley Brown 0:00
[Intro] Routines, my absolute favorite word, but you either love them or you're working on getting there. And either way, I strongly believe routines can be a springboard for improving your home, yourself, and your life. I'm Ashley Brown, and this is the routine and things podcast. In each episode, I'll share practical tips and simple ways for you to consistently live your happiest life, one routine at a time. Trust me, you're gonna want to keep listening, because you're well on your way to getting and staying happy.

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Ashley Brown 1:36
Hey, and welcome back for another episode of the routine and things podcast I am your host, Ashley Brown. If this is your first time listening, Hey, girl, hey, if this is your second 15th or 50th time and listening, welcome back, girl. I'm so glad that you are here. So before we get into today's episode, that is about routines for an overactive mind, I'm super excited to talk about this today. I want to give our listeners some love because y'all are the bomb.com. The fact that you listen to the podcast and you find it helpful just warms my heart. And so the listener I'm showing some love today is Christina becomes happy. She says inspiring and helpful. Love it. I've been looking for information about routines. And I am so happy I found everything I needed in this podcast. It is very helpful and gives me inspiration. The information is structured, very clear and is a pleasure to listen and write things down. Thank you so much for your work. Ashley.

Ashley Brown 2:34
Christina, thank you to you, I am so grateful that you like the podcast that you love the podcast that you find it helpful because that's why I'm here to be of help. I love helping. And so the fact that you find that helpful just brings me so much joy. So thank you for sharing your love for the podcast for writing this review. And if you have not subscribed to the podcast, do so and write a review, especially if you listen and you enjoy the podcast, it really helps to support the show. And you never know you just may be the listener getting some love one day on the podcast. Now let's go ahead and get into today's episode routines for an overactive mind.

Ashley Brown 3:19
Alright, so I have to give you some background as to why I decided to do an episode on this. And it was because I recently did a podcast interview with another podcaster. And we were talking all about routines, of course, but she wanted to talk specifically about routines and ADHD, because she has ADHD. And so we got really deep into that conversation. And I don't personally have any understanding of what it's like to live with ADHD. And I've been asked to do a poscast episode on this exact topic. But I chose to stray away from the word ADHD, and more so choose over active mind, because I feel like that's something that anyone can relate to. And we all know what it feels like to have an overactive mind, the mind that doesn't want to shut off that feels like it's in overdrive. And whether you suffer with this because you have a condition that predisposes you to an overactive mind, like ADHD, or if you just have an overactive mind due to a lot of stimulation at certain points in your day or in your life and you want some help with just how routines can benefit you when that happens.

Ashley Brown 4:47
This is the episode for you today. So I'm hoping that is super helpful. And like I said, I will be speaking from my experience of having an overactive mind and this is something that I still have to work on today, just in terms of certain points where a lot of decision making a lot going on in life. And that can just bring about the mind just not wanting to turn off in that mind being in overdrive. And so I wanted to share one what can help with this, which is routines and specifically how routines can help to settle an overactive mind. And they may not be able to completely take away the fact that your mind is is going, going going. But it can make it more manageable. Definitely routines help with this, because over activity leads to a lot of stress, and it leads to overwhelm and anxiety. And so being able to have something in your life, being able to have a routine that helps us settle your mind, calm your brain and really get you into this space of a not thinking thinking thinking so much can be extremely helpful. And so I'm going to be sharing how routines can help. But then also things to consider when creating routines to help with the over activity.

Ashley Brown 6:07
So if you are thinking specifically about creating a routine to help you with like recent thoughts, or help you with just having a lot on your mind, I'm going to share some really practical things that can help you with this. And so just stay tuned. So let's start with how routines help with an overactive mind, I'm going to share a personal story of mine when it comes to having an overactive mind and haw routines have really helped me with this. So I think I've shared about this before in a previous episode, but I have dealt with racing thoughts, especially around bedtime. I remember this was probably about three years ago, maybe three years ago, maybe like three and a half. And every time I would go to bed, it was like my brain just would not turn off whatever was like from that day, it was like my mind would just keep going and going and going. And it got to the point where I wasn't resting well. And where I wasn't getting much sleep, which of course dramatically affects your body, your mind and all of that. And so I decided to start a routine that could help. Now I didn't know at that time that this routine.

Ashley Brown 7:23
And so what ended up happening without me even realizing it is when I started to really get intentional about routines. When I became a stay at home mom, I created a bedtime routine. And I was like okay, let me do these things just before baby so that I can feel more rested. And I didn't really know that it would affect my recent thoughts and help to alleviate them. But it did the routine. My bedtime routine, which I've shared consists of journaling and meditation and prayer. And so that routine specifically has been impactful in terms of helping to decrease the racing thoughts what they really don't happen anymore when I go to sleep, to be perfectly honest, which I'm extremely grateful for is so that is the power of a routine, especially when you feel as if you are constantly having to make decisions throughout your day, which all of us do. But some days are worse than others, let's be real, some days, you're going to have to make far more decisions than you had the previous day. And so with all of that decision making, we have to be able to have things that are going to alleviate some of the decision making. This is where routines really fit in.

Ashley Brown 8:45
This is where routines really help you in your life. Because you don't have to make a decision is already been made for you when you created the routine. And so that routine, specifically, the bedtime routine has been majorly impactful for me and has helped me with my racing and thoughts and overactive mind at night. Because you may notice that you have over activity at certain parts of your day or in a certain space within your day. And so if you can become aware of that, possibly you can structure a routine around that time that can help you. So just like I said routines really helped because they decrease the decision making. They decrease your cognitive load, your mental load, and they give you more mental capacity, which is really helpful. And so just think about all of the things that you're doing within your day over and over and over again many times throughout your day, you're making the same decisions like every single day.

Ashley Brown 9:48
Why not just make a decision about how you're going to do that thing. And now you know how that thing is going to be done every single day instead of going back to it different ways every time you go to do that thing. And so routines really got to get through that structure. So that you have a starting point, you have an ending point. And you have an outline of how you want something to take place, which is really going to help you with decreasing the stress, decreasing the cognitive load, and have and allow you to have more ease in your life. So that is another way that routines really benefit you. And then when you have that decrease in your mental load, what it's going to do is help strengthen your focus. And it helps you to make more intentional decisions, and live with intention. This was something that I find to be very just purposeful in terms of routines is that you are able to get really intentional with how you are utilizing your time how you are moving throughout your day, how you are doing that certain thing. It's more intentionality when you have a routine. And when you are being intentional, I feel like your focus is better because you know, what you put together was very purposeful for you. And so it just really helps to strengthen your focus routines do and when you can focus, I mean, you can run the world.

Ashley Brown 11:22
Like, honestly, focus is something that I don't even know, I just feel like in my life focus has been, honestly the way that I had been able to get out of certain spaces, especially those spaces where I'm feeling a lot of struggle, and I'm feeling stuck. It's like, nope, focus here, like focus and just stay on this path. But that can be hard to do when your mind is just in overdrive, and it doesn't want to shut off. And so routines can really help because they just give you that give you that step by step. It's like step one, do this. Step two, do this. Step three, do this. And when you have an overactive mind, in those times, that's what's needed. That structure of do this, do this do this is needed. So that's how impactful routines can be for you. When you feel like your mind will not just be quiet. And then the second and the second thing I want to talk about is what to consider when creating routines to help with over activity. And so I'm specifically talking about if you want to create a routine that is going to help with your overactive mind. And in those times where your mind is on overdrive, then here are some things that would help when you're creating your routine.

Ashley Brown 12:48
Okay, so the first thing is, keep it simple and short, I know you've heard me probably say that many of times on this podcast, but I'm going to say it again, keep it simple, super important and also short. Okay, because if your mind is going, and it's just a lot of thoughts coming in, going out coming and going out, you need some short and sweet, that's it. You don't need anything else complicating your mind, you don't need to be making a whole bunch of decisions. Keep that routine, short and sweet. Okay, the outcome of this routine is for you to be able to calm your minds and to be able to decrease the thoughts. That's the thing about this routine. So if you know this is the outcome, what you want to do is go ahead and create and think about steps that will lead you to this outcome. But make sure they're simple and short. And then the next thing that can be really helpful with creating routines, when you have over activity of the brain is to make that routine more structured. AKA, this is where a somewhat rigid routine comes in. Okay? This is really not the time for you to be super flexible. When you want to help with overactivity. When you want to calm your mind, you need structure and it needs to be more structure. Because if not, you are then going to be making more decisions putting in more thoughts in your brain because of the flexibility. So you want step one to be this step two, to be this step three to be this and make it rigid. You absolutely need more structure when your mind is on overdrive.

Ashley Brown 14:49
And although we want to have flexible routines for everything in life, this is not the time for that I want to be very honest and just transparent. Right, when you are really trying to calm your mind, a set of steps that you just go through, boom, boom, boom, it's going to be the best. And then the next thing I want to share this, the last consideration I want for you to take into account is to add a step in your routine that takes you out of your mind, and puts you more in your body. Because when we are in that overdrive mindset, right, when our thoughts are just running and running, we need to get out of our heads, you need to come outside of your mind, and you need to get into your body. Okay, and when I say get into your body, just using more of your body in an activity than your mind. So any activity that helps you to use less of your mental capacity, and more of your body is what I mean by this. So that can be exercise I don't care if its walking, yoga, stretching. Exercise is really great. Breath work is really great because you're using your body to breathe in an intentional way. So it takes you out of your head.

Ashley Brown 16:10
Dance is a really fun way to get get in your body like a really beautiful way. I love dancing. And so that is awesome. And then also just getting outside and like standing in the grass. With your shoes off. Feeling whatever the temperature is outside right now is summer. Well, we're where we are in the US its summer. And so with that you can go outside stand barefoot in the grass from the south. So I love standing barefoot, I just love walking barefoot if I can't walk everywhere, bare barefoot, I probably probably would if I thought I wasn't gonna step on nothing crazy. But yes, get outside plant your feet in the ground feel, the surroundings that air, maybe the breeze is blowing the sun on your skin, it gets you in your body. That's why outside is so beneficial and getting that fresh air. So these are ways to get more your body and get, you know, out of your head. Okay, so make sure you add a step in your routine that does this specifically. And this would be great if you could add more than one. Okay, because the more that you can get in your body, the better when it comes to you have an overactive mind. Okay, so those are just some tips I wanted to share some considerations with you. But I just want you to know that for one if your mind is like going and going just know you're not alone, like many of us, have overactive minds, many of us deal with that from time to time. And so you are definitely not alone.

Ashley Brown 17:58
Think about how a routine can support you with that. And if you do have ADHD, of course, I would say reach out and think about some and look for some resources that can really help you specifically with ADHD. I just shared what I knew when it comes to just my overall activity at times. And so I wanted to put that out there and hopefully it is helpful for you. You can manage an overactive mind it is definitely possible. Take steps to do so especially if you're feeling the weight of like constant decision making. You're feeling the weight of your mind always going and it's starting to wear on you. Even beforehand. If you feel like you're going to be moving into a season where you're going to have a lot of decision making take place having a routine to support you so that you don't get to the point of feeling super stress is the way to go. Okay, so before we in today's episode, of course I have to share some routine wisdom with you. And I want you to know there's calm in routine. If you didn't already know that hear this again, there is calm in routine.

Ashley Brown 19:08
I hope you enjoyed today's episode. If you did, please make sure that you leave a review of the podcast, I would truly appreciate it. It really helps to support this show. And until next time, make sure that you share this episode with someone that you know today maybe you know someone that's been dealing with reason thoughts or just a lot of decision making and you feel like this would benefit them. share it with a friend or family member, a neighbor. And until next time, make sure that you continue to enjoy wherever you are, whatever you're doing. Stay happy girl, and I'll talk to you next week.

Ashley Brown 19:45
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