Calm a repeating mind
Follow the tailored-for-you movement, sleep, food, and supplement practices to support your pathway to calm.
What is the Repeating Mind Subtype?
The middle part of your brain has an important job to do—it helps you keep your focus, retain memory, and connect with others. Too much energy in this part of your brain, however, may cause a particular form of anxiousness. The mind gets stuck in loops of repetition like a scratched record, obsessively playing the same thoughts over and over again. Focus becomes fixation, an experience known as rumination. Unlike worry, which typically involves new thoughts of what to fear, there is nothing new when one ruminates. Like animals that chew their cud, rumination involves chewing on the same few thoughts over and over again, as if doing so might help you digest them.
Often, this over-activity affects mood as well, creating a sense of edginess or agitation, moodiness or irritability. And sometimes these same loops create repetitive behaviors, known as compulsions. For most people these are just mild and annoying, but at the extreme end of the spectrum it can develop into disabling obsessions or compulsions.
How the Repeating Mind can flare and what it feels like
The problem of a repeating mind may be anchored in the limbic system and a few key structures around it--what we often call the “emotional brain." These circuits are meant to communicate important information from one part of the brain to another, but they can get locked “on” if there is too much activity. The mind runs too fast because the normal braking system isn’t working properly or is overwhelmed by the brain chemicals that cause acceleration.
To get relief, you have to get this system of acceleration and braking back into balance. As a start, you can boost the calming neurotransmitters like serotonin and GABA, or tame the stimulating chemicals like glutamate and norepinephrine.
The role of the stress response
The stress response is our normal human reaction to feeling threatened. Sensing danger, the brain activates the adrenal glands which then prepare us for action (this is often called the “fight or flight” response). This response is not bad in and of itself. In fact, studies show that short-term stress can even be good for us.
However, if you are prone to anxiousness, the stress response acts as an accelerant, adding fuel to the fire in your mind. So while it is important to calm the mind, that is often not enough to get a repeating mind back in balance. You must also take measures to tame the stress response and eventually to address the sources of your stress. Otherwise, the embers of anxiousness will stay lit, ready to flame up again as soon as the conditions are right.
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Nourish your repeating mind
Looking to build a strong foundation? Start by giving your brain what it needs to find its balance. Discover the best way to nourish yourself, including the specific foods and supplements that calm a repeating mind.
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How to calm a repeating mind
Try the simple steps below to help calm your mind.
Supplements for a repeating mind
Targeted supplements can quickly calm a repeating mind while foundational supplements support ongoing resilience. The targeted supplements may need 30-60 days of consistent use.** After that period, you may continue using them if needed. Stick with the foundational supplements daily or seasonally, as desired.
Remember: Check with your health care practitioner before beginning any supplements.
1. Unwind (GABA support)
2. Stress Support (adaptogenic herbs + nutrients)
3. Steady Mood (natural lithium)
1. Nourish (multivitamin/mineral)
2. Strengthen (omega-3)
3. Illuminate (vitamin D3)
* Consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use. Individuals taking medication should discuss potential interactions with their healthcare practitioner.
** These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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