Writing to Relieve a Busy Mind

Writing to Relieve a Busy Mind | Think piece by Anika May | anikamay.co.uk

My brain is such a noisy place. I wish I could put into words how loud it is sometimes. I’m pretty sure that’s where the tension headache stems from. It’s not just stress it’s because my brain also feels like a building site. It makes it difficult to switch off at the best of times, and is the worst possible pairing for anxiety. I’ve always been a bit of a worrier though, since childhood, I have worried about every little aspect of life, always wondering if everything is going to be OK. 

Then I realised the thing that makes my brain so noisy is because I don’t let anything out. I’ve thought about the importance of opening up before, and it’s really easy for me to open up inside my own head. Even as I’m writing this I’m thinking about what I’ve got to do next week, and the appointment I have tomorrow, but also my posture, and then a couple of personality traits I wanna work on and then maybe a new blog post idea, Instagram caption or story idea – oh, but don’t forget that appointment tomorrow. It’s a non-stop thing, and the problem is that it all stays inside.

I need to open up on the outside. And the idea of doing that with another human being is absolutely terrifying (despite the fact I’m bearing my soul in a blog post), so I turn to pen and paper instead. Typing also helps but there’s something about having a pen and a cute notebook in my hand that makes me feel a little more relaxed. Screens only add to the stress. 

Writing to Relieve a Busy Mind | Think piece by Anika May | anikamay.co.uk

Writing to Relieve a Busy Mind | Think piece by Anika May | anikamay.co.uk

I’ve had an interesting in writing since being a young teen. First I dreamed of being a fashion designer like my mum, then the harsh reality of sewing set in and I realised I don’t like it and can’t do it. Then I decided to be a fashion journalist, which still sounds fun. But the fashion industry combined with the journalism industry sounds like way too much of a vicious place for me. I’m too soft. Then I wanted to be an author, and that would still be pretty fun, but I know I need way more skill when it comes to telling a story That’s how I came to love blogging so much. You can write whatever you want, however you want, and share it with whoever you want. 

But there are some things I don’t want to share on the internet. There are some parts of my life I like to keep private, and I think it’s important to separate yourself from the digital world. Enter: journalling. Or owning a diary of any sort. 

The whole concept of a diary always makes me remember the childhood days of starting every entry with “dear diary…” and then going on to talk about how the boy I was in love with showed me absolutely no interest whatsoever before I started planning my next moves on Stardoll. Nowadays, I don’t jot down my crushes and online crusades but I do like to write down how I’m feeling. I like the idea of having everything go from inside my head to outside on a page. I could sit and write for an hour, just noting every thought that comes in, and making sure it doesn’t stay too long. It’s almost like a meditation session for me. An activity that makes me feel calm and content. I think that counts as self-care.

Writing to Relieve a Busy Mind | Think piece by Anika May | anikamay.co.uk

One of the things I like most about writing to relive my mind is being able to reflect and look back. Even after I finish an entry, I scan the page and feel so much better. I like to go back a few months and compare how I felt then to how I feel now. Sometimes I’m stressing over the same things, sometimes I’m in a completely different mindset. 

Every day is different. 

Get a good playlist on, one of those nice pens that it’s a dream to write with, and a brand spanking new notebook and just begin. Some days I just doodle because I’m feeling lazy and don’t have anything to say. It’s like talking it out with a therapist without actually having to pay for a therapist. If I’m in the storytelling mood, I might write a short story or try to put a tale together. I’ve tried poetry before but it doesn’t come naturally to me. That’s definitely something to work towards. 

Either way, when I write, I feel lighter. I’m not burdened down with everyday life, because the problems aren’t just on my shoulders, they’re on a page too. 

The same goes for lots of activities and hobbies. Some people might go golfing to chill out, while others whip out a knitting basket. One of my friend likes to swim, because she feels like she thinks better when she’s moving underwater. That’s way too much hassle for my hair, so I stick to writing. 

Writing to Relieve a Busy Mind | Think piece by Anika May | anikamay.co.uk

Writing to Relieve a Busy Mind | Think piece by Anika May | anikamay.co.uk

Lots of people suffer with busy minds. It just seems to be the world we live in now. Stressful rather than stress-free. That’s why it’s so important to introduce a reliever into your life. And it could be anything. Cleaning, shopping, painting, bird-watching, walking, jogging, drawing, singing, dancing, colouring, baking and anything in between. Just something to retreat to when life feels like it’s a bit too much.

What do you do to relieve a busy mind?