You get peace of mind not by thinking about it or imagining it,
but by quietening and relaxing the restless mind. – Unknown
Have you ever met a restless cat? I didn’t think so. Cats do everything they do mindfully. Whether they’re eating, grooming or sleeping, they’re fully present. We could learn a lot from them.
Even though a certain amount of restlessness can propel you out of a rut and toward personal growth, constantly feeling anxious, nervous, agitated or on edge is not good for your mental, spiritual and physical health. I know that whenever I feel restless, it’s usually either because I’m trying to do too much, or because there’s something going on in my life that I’m not willing to deal with.
Regardless of what causes restlessness, the only way to deal with it is to calm your mind. Here are some tips on how to do that:
Spend quiet time alone. You can’t be everything to everybody. Carve out some time for yourself every day, even if it’s only a few minutes.
Change your thought patterns. When you feel restless, the thoughts and images that go through your mind are usually pretty chaotic, jumping from one thing to the next. Try to short-circuit these negative thought patterns by taking a deep breath, and reframing the thoughts into something more positive.
Spend time in nature. Walking in an open field, spending time by a stream or by the ocean, enjoying a gorgeous view, even just looking out a a tree in your backyard, can bring serenity to your mind.
Spend time with your cats. There is nothing more peaceful to me than watching a sleeping cat. An interesting thing that has been happening to me is that during the times when I feel the most restless, Ruby will jump up on my lap and, after taking a thorough bath, will settle in for a nice long nap. I’m effectively forced to relax, because, of course, I wouldn’t think of interrupting and displacing her!
Do you often feel restless? Do you have any tips on how to cope?