Do you find it annoying when you are talking to someone and that person suddenly starts rambling about a topic? It goes on and on and on…without chance for interruption.
What if that rambling person was yourself, and instead of rambling out loud you are doing it in your own head?
It’s something I often do. And it mostly happens when I am trying to sleep.
A certain topic has been bothering me unconsciously over several days, and suddenly everything comes out to the surface. While I am lying in the dark, my head goes on overdrive. An endless loop of imagined conversations, what-if scenarios and worries wouldn’t let me sleep for hours. Obviously, I'm feeling super tired the next day. I find this highly annoying.
I have tried all interventions I can think of to break the loop and finally find some rest. If you have the same problem, here is what has helped me:
- Focus on your breathing only and count every breath
- Write everything down that bothers you to get it out of your head
- Distract yourself by reading an article, a chapter of a book, or by playing a sudoku
- Move around for a little while (go to the bathroom, get a glass of water, tidy up your room)
In the long run, I believe meditation can help to get rid of the problem entirely. I am learning to look at thoughts that bubble up like exotic flowers. I notice them, but that doesn’t mean I have to engage and get sucked in. I don’t judge and let the thought go. That should lead to some peace in my head.