How often do you replay a stressful conversation you had with someone in your mind?
How long have you been rethinking that comment you made on a social media post last week?
How many times have you second guessed an email you sent this week?
As people, we are constantly getting stuck in our heads. We analyze the past and play out future scenarios that haven’t happened. We let our minds run amuck – leading us to feel anxious, experience racing thoughts, and generally feel overwhelmed.
So how do you to quiet the chatter and find some respite from all the thoughts running through your mind?
The answer is simple, by using mindful practices such as breathwork and meditation.
These two simple practices help you both psychologically and neurologically. According to neuroscientist Ethan Kross, there is a direct connection between quieting your mind and being outside in nature. By changing your daily environment or the setting that is causing you to replay a scenario or thought, you interrupt the negative thought loop you're stuck in.
The study also found that being outdoors for just two hours per week gives your attention the ability to recharge by subtly drawing your attention to things that are interesting to you, but don't necessarily take a whole lot of bandwidth for us to make sense of.
So next time you find yourself stuck in your head, lost in negative thoughts, or unable to calm your anxiety, take a step back, take several depth breaths, and use an app such as Calm or I AM to help guide you in a short meditation session. You can come and spend some one-on-one time with the horses. We’ll help quiet your mind, recenter, and help you get out of your head.