Does your mind race with thoughts when your head hits the pillow? Is your mind sometimes feel like a hamster in a wheel — always running and never stopping? Or perhaps your mind is focussed and clearly engaged in whatever you’re doing at the moment.
You might be wondering why I’m even asking such “crazy” questions. After all, doesn’t everyone’s mind run, race and ramble all day and into the evening until you fall asleep? Well, not really. Your mind should have moments of calm, so you’re parasympathetic nerve system allows your body (and mind) to rest and digest, restore and rejuvenate.
Benefits of a Calm Mind  
- Less stress
- Better sleep
- Happier, healthier relationships
- Improved concentration
- Manage anxiety and worries
- Stimulates brain growth 
- Improved creativity
- Handle daily life
- Greater sense of inner strength and confidence
- Improved overall health and wellbeing 
Desired Outcome from a Calm Mind
Of course, the above mentioned benefits might be what you envision as your desired outcome. Instead of wanting it all, you may need to identify one truly desired outcome to work towards a calmer mind. My desired outcome for a calmer mind is to be able to fall asleep without entertaining my long “to do” list and whatever else my mind thinks I might miss out on either from today or tomorrow — FOMO “fear of missing out.” My busy mind then disrupts my overall quality and quantity of sleep. By practising some sleep habits like counting backwards from 900, I always fall asleep long before I ever get to 700. The cool thing I’ve discovered that this method is used on Headspace app and talked about by Dr Michael Breus, the sleep doctor. Dr Breus says you can start at 300.
Learned Habits and Apps to Help
A calm mind comes from practicing until the actions become learned habits. Headspace has a great animation about calming the monkey mind. Remember that a calm mind is not a clear or empty mind. A calm mind is aware of thoughts, but your mind doesn’t engage those thoughts and wander distractedly where they might lead.  I resisted “learning” to meditate because I didn’t believe it would make a difference to my stress management. Well, I was wrong. I now feel I’ve missed a part of my day if I don’t take 5-10 minutes to do some Headspace meditation or Inner Balance coherence. I also spend time each day in prayer. Prayer allows me to release my control over my life’s complications and demands. In fact, Dr Roberta Lee suggests that spiritual individuals heal faster, experience health benefits, and understand that they aren’t responsible for life’s events.  Each person needs to decide which methods or practices will calm his/her mind and allow him/her to experience the benefits that come with a calmer mind.
Apps like Headspace, Calm or Inner Balance are useful to begin your healthy habit of mindfulness, meditation and calming your mind to dwell in the moment. Personally, I use Headspace daily — currently on a strike of 58 days in a row! I also have and use occasionally Inner Balance by Heart Math. Headspace and Inner Balance do different things. Headspace is about meditation. Inner Balance is all about coherence and heart rate variability.
Meditation, prayer and other mind calming methods fall under the umbrella of “lifestyle.” As a holistic nutritional practitioner, I offer guidance and support with more than nutrition and food. I can give ideas and direction on lifestyle to help you manage stress and improve your overall wellbeing.
If you are looking for a whole body approach to becoming vibrant and healthy inside and out, reach out today to Brenda by email.