We all have a constant companion that never shuts up. The mental chatter in our heads starts when we wake up and is still going when we go to sleep. It is even active during our dreams.

Managing Your Mental Chatter

Unfortunately, this never-ending stream of thought can be detrimental over time.

Fortunately, with understanding and objectivity, the impact of mental chatter can be alleviated.

If you are willing to take control and keep your thoughts positive, mental chatter can even be helpful.

Here are some ideas to try out to manage your mental chatter:

 

1. Recognize that minds make noise.

Our minds generate thoughts the way little dogs bark. It is just what they do. While your mind can be taught to quiet down to an extent, there is no way to silence it completely while you are still breathing.

  • Accept that the nature of your mind is to make noise that only you can hear. That doesn’t mean you have to allow it to control you or affect you.

2. Maintain some distance from your mental chatter.

Since you know that your mind is going to generate thoughts regardless of the situation, it is easy to see that you don’t have to engage with those thoughts.

  • Just allow your mental chatter to pass on by. Avoid grabbing onto any of those stray thoughts and running with them. Just let them go.

3. Meditate daily.

Meditation shows you just how noisy your mind can be. It also allows you to practice bringing your mind back to a point of focus. You learn a lot about how your mind works when you meditate. A few minutes a day can make a big difference.

4. Use affirmations.

Affirmations are a great way to counteract negative mental chatter. You can’t think about two things at the same time. When any negative thoughts appear, recite your affirmations to yourself.

  • You will not only feel a positive boost from the affirmations, but you will also avoid the impact of your negative self-talk.

5. Listen to the chatter.

Sometimes, the chatter is trying to tell you something important. Consider if there is a worthwhile message your subconscious is trying to tell you.

  • Maybe your mind is nagging you about remembering to pick up a grocery item on your way home. Setting an alarm on your phone might be one way to silence the noise.

6. Avoid judging.

A good portion of the noise in our head is created by our constant need to judge everyone and everything.

  • Imagine it is hot outside. It is okay to just acknowledge that it is hot. Just allow it to be hot without deciding that it is good, bad, or requires your additional commentary.
  • Avoid the urge to judge people, places, things, and situations. As an added bonus, the less you judge, the less you will worry about being judged by others.

7. Journal.

Sometimes it helps to just let it all out. Set aside 10-20 minutes each day and allow your mind to run wild. Write it all down. You will be amazed by how varied and nonsensical your thoughts are. It is also possible to find something worthwhile from time to time, too.

Mental chatter is one of the results of having a mind. Our minds make noise, and they never stop for long. Much of your mental chatter is nothing but random nonsense. Your best way through it is to ignore it as well as you can and get on with your life.

When you make an effort to think positive thoughts, then your mental chatter is working for you rather than against you.

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