After a long tiring day, it is normal to have a lot on your mind and this can
bring some sleeping difficulties. If this annoyance is a familiar one for you,
you should try out a brain dump just before you go to bed.
What is it?
A brain-dump is basically a full transfer of whatever is on your
mind from your brain down to some other medium of ‘storage’ like a notepad or a
computer hard drive.
A comprehensive and systematic brain dump is the best approach to
dealing with chaotic thoughts and feelings of overwhelm. It is a quick and
simple method to get it off your chest - or in this case head - strategy where
you simply jot down everything on a paper.
As soon as you outline all your crazy thoughts on paper, you will
usually see that the worry and panic is just in your head. And better yet,
after writing your thoughts on a paper, you can subsequently analyse them
without being astounded.
Basics, Tips, and Importance:
A brain dump is basically a distinct escape route that you can
return to over and over each time you feel scattered, confused, or overwhelmed.
It allows you to outline all your thoughts so that you can consider
them, assess them, and make sound decisions on them and deal with them in
priority rather than haphazard style.
Brain dumping may sound simple and straightforward, but it is the
ideal way to help you enjoy the much-needed peace of mind and of course sleep.
As such, it is important that you take time to do a comprehensive job. This is
because it will give your mind the time to incubate and percolate connections
and ideas about what to adjust, modify or even delete on your list. Just don’t
be in a hurry!
Luckily, you can keep your brain dump list either in a notebook, tablet,
voice memos etc but try to keep your list in the most convenient, accessible
place for you.
Moreover, don’t attempt to do it all at once. Start it out in
little time snippets, here and there, as the thoughts occur. Spend a good chunk
of time just getting things off your head and down onto paper, particularly if
it is your first time to do it or it has been long since you tried it.
In a nutshell:
Although using a
brain dump does not mean that you are free of getting overwhelming thoughts
completely, it does mean that next time you feel this way, you know how to
approach and combat such feelings. A brain dump simply gets you back on track
If you are having trouble finding sleep due to thoughts racing through your
mind, then a brain dump is worth every effort!
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