How to calm your mind

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When your thoughts are racing and you aren’t able to concentrate or be present in the moment, you have to learn how to calm your mind down before you can work on replacing the thoughts that are bothering you. Being calm is hard if you don’t practice stopping yourself first from going to that place where you want to ruminate.  Acknowledging how you feel instead of beating yourself up is important. Take time to lean into those negative feelings instead of avoiding them. It’s probably easier to address them if you can see them head on. Then once you’ve done that, you can start to address them by replacing them with new thoughts. Use the following poster as a physical reminder of how to engage in this practice before using Stopping Stupid Thoughts to believe in new better thoughts.

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Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.

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The information and documents included here are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with questions pertaining to your medical condition(s), treatment and care, and any other aspects relating to your health.

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