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.
Do Some Heavy (Mental) Lifting
A counterintuitive way to calm a frazzled, wandering mind is to take on a more demanding task. In a 2007 study published in the Association for Psychological Science
journal, Professor Nilli Lavie of University College London measured the response time of 61 subjects performing tasks on a computer while being distracted by flashing letters. Turns out the more demanding the task, the less distracted the subjects were
How to do it:
When you feel yourself darting out in a thousand different directions, rather than play Whac-A-Mole with your email, immerse yourself in one of your most challenging projects, one that will require your full attention.
Try it when:
Your energy is high (as in, not at bedtime), but you're feeling stressed because you have your hands in a bunch of different half-done tasks.