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Believe it or not, there are things you can do to stop feeling like you’re going crazy. The first step towards stopping it is understanding what causes this feeling that you’re “going crazy” or “losing your mind”.
The answer to what causes this feeling of “going crazy” is understandable. It’s one of four factors that create those feelings of losing your mind:
- You have too much noise in your head, and you are unable to silence your mind, which can be stressful and overwhelming.
- You’re surrounded by too many external stimuli affecting you, causing additional stress.
- A combination of both of the above.
- Certain mental health conditions can contribute as well.
When you’re dealing with any of these scenarios on top of your every day responsibilities, it becomes nearly impossible to think straight. Eventually, if you are unable to find relief, the stress, anxiety, and even depression this can cause will start to make you feel like you’re going completely bat shit crazy.
Trust me. I speak from experience. It’s not a good feeling, and over time WILL wear you down. It can make you feel drained, overwhelmed, and even trapped. Don’t allow these feelings and emotions take control. There are some easy techniques you can practice to help calm your mind and body, even amidst the chaos.
The best part? These really do work.
What you can do to stop feeling like you’re going crazy
First, I have a question I want you to think about. (There’s a point to this, I promise.)
When you fall asleep, and as you drift further into deep sleep – do you feel like you’re going crazy? Of course not silly, you’re asleep! The reason I asked that question was to help you understand why what I talk about next is so important. Especially if you want to stop feeling like you’re about to lose your mind.
Here’s what happens once you fall asleep:
- Your mind and body start relaxing
- There are no external stimuli that communicate to your body
- Your internal communication switches off
- There is no communication between inside & outside
Now, think about meditation, and its effects on the mind and body. When you meditate, it brings you to a similar state, and can even help you with falling asleep. And absolutely, it has a significant impact in greatly reducing those feelings of going crazy. Think you don’t have time to meditate? Check out these quick and easy tips for meditating on the go.
Here are the effects meditation has on both your mind and body:
- As your mind and body receive the quiet message to relax, tension and tightness are released from your muscles
- When you focus on your breathing, ignore any thoughts that creep into your mind, and repeat your mantra, it creates a biological response of relaxation
- Meditation helps with managing stress, depression, and even boosts the immune system
- The mind, heart and body can improve with meditation
There have been tons of studies on the health benefits meditation has on both the mind and the body. It’s amazing how powerful it can be. I meditate nightly, just before bed, and I have noticed a huge difference in my mental and physical health. I also have a more positive attitude and outlook than I had before. Learn more about what happens to your body when you meditate, I think you’ll be surprised!
More ways to stop feeling like you’re going crazy
First I want to say, the most important part of this, the part you have to do in order for this to help you change your life – make time for these things. Make the time for yourself, you’ll thank me later. Many of us often think self-care is selfish, but we don’t realize how selfish we’re actually being when we don’t take care of ourselves. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we won’t be well enough to take care of everyone else.
I hope that makes sense.
Anyway, aside from meditating, there are some other habits you can practice that will help with day to day stress. Self-awareness plays an important role in creating these more positive coping methods and techniques.
– Fit in some exercise. Whether it’s taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or a quick jog around the block, it provides a great stress release.
– Escape for awhile using music, books or movies. If you have a lot on your mind, try journaling your thoughts. Sometimes it helps to do a mind dump, you know?
– Remember to breathe. There are several breathing techniques to help calm you in high stress situations. Also try to remember not to take things too seriously. Things usually tend to have a way of working themselves out over time.
– Let go of what you can’t control. Stressing or worrying yourself to death doesn’t change the situation, it only makes it more difficult to deal with. Practice letting go more. You’ll be surprised at what an impact these small practices have on you!
I also talked about what I do, and some other ideas for you on what to do when you feel like you’re going crazy. Here’s the video:
Can anxiety make you feel like you’re going crazy?
Yes, it absolutely can. It can also be the source of some of the anxiety. So many people with anxiety actually fear their brain isn’t working right or that they are losing their minds. This is one of the most difficult parts of anxiety to cope with, and can be a very scary experience.
Panic attacks can also make you feel like you’re losing it. They can be debilitating, but there are things you can do to control and even ultimately stop having them altogether. I put together an A to Z of anxiety and panic attacks, based on my own experiences, if you’d like to know how I overcame my panic attacks.
Don’t worry, if you are questioning your own sanity, that’s a healthy sign that you are actually pretty sane. Insane people don’t normally question their own sanity. I just learned this fun fact only about two years ago. Crazy, right?
How do you stay calm in stressful situations?
Stress is a mental and/or physical tension, and both manifest from your correlation to the series of thoughts in your head. Basically, it’s how you perceive something to be, and then your body reacting to that perception. The power of the mind is an amazing phenomenon.
You have more control over your thoughts and reactions than you realize. Help yourself keep your cool by practicing those breathing techniques I referenced above. Think about the consequences of a negative reaction. Find something else to focus on to distract your mind. Remember to keep things in perspective.
To be able to lower your stress levels, it’s important to practice healthy maintenance for both your mind and body. Eating right, exercising, and getting a good night’s sleep all make a huge difference in how your mind and body handle stress. Everyone experiences some levels of stress throughout their lives, but when stress becomes chronic, it can have serious impacts on both your mental and physical health.
Some final thoughts
I am currently in a situation that I’ve been in for awhile. I have definitely felt like I was going to go crazy…more than once. At first I thought I was literally not going to make it through, but it’s ultimately turned out to be a difficult yet effective learning experience.
I’m learning to have more patience, and a better understanding of the perspectives of others. It’s also given me a greater appreciation for those brief moments of solitude and silence. I’ve gotten better about letting things go. And the older I get, the more I understand that saying – nothing is permanent, not even our troubles.
It remains to be seen, but I’m hoping my kids are getting something out of these circumstances as well. It’s been hard on all of us, but I know it won’t last forever, and I know we’ll make it out ok.
Life will forever be full of fear and risk, adventure and boredom, contentment and frustration. Through all of this, we need to remember that each day is a gift we did nothing to earn. We should use this time we’re given wisely.