So you want to stop using your brain as a filing cabinet do you?
And you want to stop brain overload?
And here is what I mean for those of you who don’t understand the above, storing everything you need to do, need to think about, need to remember, etc. etc. etc. in your brain. And don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with that.
However, when you mix too much of that with stress you eventually reach what is known as brain overload.
What happens when that takes place, is that you are unable to process very little if anything at all, your retention levels are zero, and your recall will struggle.
The part of our brain coping with the onslaught is called working memory, and is located in the front part of our brain: in an area of the brain called the pre-frontal cortex and located right behind our forehead.
Now many of you may have found the perfect solution that works for you, but many of you haven’t… how do I know this, well because that is what customers who I coach are reporting first hand to me.
So I thought it was time to write a post on that very thing. There are so many ways in which you can make life so much easier for yourself.
Lets first have a look at a few overall benefits that “brain dumping” will do for you:
1) It will allow you to breathe again both mentally and physically – it brings about a feeling of a weight lifted from your shoulders.
2) It will allow the answers to anything that you have been struggling with to surface much more easily. Like oil floating to the top of water.
3) It will allow you to see the issue clearly and with clarity.
4) It will release stress and bring about levels of peace and for some the feeling of being “back in control”
5) You will be able to process new stuff coming in so much more efficiently.
So lets now take a look at some techniques that will benefit.
and you can put anything in here, as long as it is out of your head, and remember that nobody else is going to read it unless you choose for them to. when you first start you may struggle with knowing what to write, but my advice is to right anything, even something along the lines of “I can’t think of anything to write” what this does is allows the energy to start flowing, and then you will just begin and write more and more. Sometimes especially when you first start you will write and write and write, just keep going until there feels like there is nothing more to write. And this part of the process does not have to have any structure to it, just let all the words flow it doesn’t have to mean anything, bullet point things to do or things which are overwhelming you and before you know where you are there is a page full of words. You can then work through that to see if there is anything you can do about anything you have written (trust me when I say I could and probably will write a full post on just journaling).
There is no particular style of journal that you need to get and you don’t even need to buy one you can make one. As long as it is in a book format that you can write in (or draw).
The other version is to get typing if you are able to… especially helpful if you are writing about a lot of stuff that maybe going on in your world, this is a great way to keep the information if there is way too much to write or put into a journal. Save it onto a memory stick that is specifically for your “brain dump” and keep it in a safe place so that you know that it will hold all your secrets and memories and stuff that you may not wish to share with the world or anyone in it. And not because you are secretive or anything but just because it is a process that helps you.
So onto what I call “Post it note City” this is something that I developed way way back when I had a project to work on and I found that I would write all the information I needed for that project into a book or journal, every step would be logged but then I found that I would not always go back through it as the project began and found it difficult to keep track of the whole thing. So I decided to create a “wall” of post it notes each note carried the words of what it was that was required for the project to become successful or complete, and I would use the different colours.
So it would look something like this (although this one is not one of mine) and I would just put everything up there that needed doing, (if it wasn’t a project then I would put everything up there that was bugging me or overwhelming me).
So a separate post it note for each word or thing to do…. then just place them all over the wall – when you have finished the beauty of this system is that you can move each piece to where it needs to be i.e. what order do things need to happen and then when you have completed that task you throw away the post it note or tick it off. Post it notes are so cheap to buy now and you can get a huge array of colours which is great.
So there is no excuse you just gotta take a trip to “post it note city” and start posting.
If you are brain dumping then you could go each post it note at the end and ask yourself relevant questions to work through the issue, or to work out the real relevance of the issue.
I love this system because you can see clearly all the pieces without having to keep turning back to pages where you wrote something.
So onto to audio recordings there are so many ways in which this can be achieved these days.
There is a digital recorder; ipod’s etc. and your mobile phone… so there really is no excuse. As you think of something record it along with any notes that you need to remember about the particular aspect you are thinking of.
You could just sit and talk into your recorder to offload, it could be what I call a “random chat with self” but it can clear a lot of information out of your brain and free up space in the self to breath again.
What happens when you don’t “dump” your head is programmed automatically to search for answers to questions, thoughts etc. that is it’s job so do not wonder the reason you are feeling so overwhelmed and your head won’t stop chatting to you especially when you go to bed at night. You are the one giving it the instructions to do so….
So here is a little note to self STOP feeding it information and then it will stop searching for the answers, which is the reason for the saying “it just keeps going round and round in my head” well now you are aware of the reason for that.
Hence the reason for getting it out of your head in some way and onto paper, or audio.
This could be a weekly “housekeeping” thing which you do, it could be a daily one it could be an hourly one for some of you, this is your journey you can decide what feels right to you.
The key is to ensure that you follow through when you start such a process as this, otherwise you will quickly find yourself back at the beginning.
Just make one step today towards helping yourself. I totally believe in you and know that this will assist you in getting out of brain overload.
If you do suffer from mental health conditions, this is also a great way to get things moving especially the negative thoughts that many go through. Painting into your journal and using pictures and colours can make you journaling a whole new experience.
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Angel Blessings always and forever
Mia “Earth Angel” Williams