5 Ways to Power Down a Busy Mind
You know you should sleep more, walk more and turn off your phone (that's not happening). Here are a few surprising ways to quiet your brain at different times of day—without going off the grid.
Balance on One Leg
A powerful way to calm the mind is to redirect attention to the body. Somatosensory activities, which are simply exercises designed to help you sense your own body, can help sharpen cognitive and physical performance. Hallowell uses them in his Learning Breakthrough program to help with balance, attention and focus issues in children and adults, and you can use them to quiet the mental chatter.
How to do it: Try standing on one leg with your eyes closed (better yet, try it on a wobble board). Change your clothes or put on your shoes without sitting down or holding onto anything. Challenging your proprioception (awareness of where your body is in space) has a way of zapping nagging thoughts.
Try it when: Your brain is about to explode.