Things to Occupy Your Mind – 7 Healthy Ways

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Things to Occupy Your Mind – 7 Healthy Ways

Our minds are constantly running. And, when we aren’t occupying our minds in healthy ways, stress, worry, and anxiety can quickly take over. That’s why it is important to be mindful of what’s occupying our thoughts, and instead, focus on healthy ways to occupy your mind!

In this article, we explore seven healthy ways to keep your mind focused on the right things and keep unproductive thoughts from taking over. 

1. Pick up a Book 

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One of the best ways to occupy your mind is reading. Reading opens your imagination, allows you to escape the stresses of reality, and provides a great escape when life gets overwhelming. Reading is also a fantastic source of knowledge and fine-tunes many skills, including vocabulary, problem-solving, and innovation.  

Here are a few of our favorite benefits of picking up a book: 

πŸ“• Promotes mental health 

πŸ“• Reduces stress 

πŸ“• Improves general knowledge 

πŸ“• Expands vocabulary 

πŸ“• Improves writing skills 

πŸ“• Improves memory 

πŸ“• Sharpens focus and concentration 

Are you looking for an excellent book to read? Here are five books we recommend for anyone looking to boost their career. 

2. Brainstorm  

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Brainstorming is a tool most of us have used since elementary school. You can brainstorm with others or on your own. According to science, brainstorming is hugely beneficial.  

Next time you want to occupy your mind, try brainstorming.

Here are some handy, free tools to help you with your next brainstorming session: 

🧠  IdeaBoardz 

🧠  Coggle 

🧠  WiseMapping 

🧠  Freeplane 

🧠 MindMup 

🧠  Mindomo 

🧠  Mind Vector 

🧠  Mindly 

3. Journal 

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Journaling dates back to at least 10th century Japan. Successful people throughout history have kept journals. For thousands of years, men and women have used journaling to memorialize their thoughts, work through problems, and share experiences.  

Here are a few of our favorite journaling benefits: 

πŸ“  Achieve goals 

πŸ“ Track progress and growth 

πŸ“ Gain self-confidence 

πŸ“ Improve writing and communication skills 

πŸ“ Reduce stress and anxiety 

πŸ“ Find inspiration 

πŸ“ Strengthen memory 

4. Reminisce 

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If you’re feeling down, try occupying your time by reminiscing. Reflecting can reduce stress, improve communication skills, and help you learn from past experiences.   

5. Meditate  

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There are many benefits to occupying your mind with meditation. Through meditation, one can quiet the mind allowing a person to be more present. Meditation can improve, for example, memory, attention, and focus.  

Here are five tools to help you meditate: 

πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ Insight Timer 

πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ  Mindfulness Coach 

πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ  Smiling Mind 

πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ  UCLA Mindful 

πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ  Healthy Minds Program 

6. Daydream 

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β€œVisualization is daydreaming with a purpose.” -Bo Bennett. 

Would you be surprised to learn that daydreaming can lessen stress and anxiety? Daydreaming is also known to increase creativity and promote innovation.  

Here are a few important benefits of daydreaming:  

πŸ’β€β™€οΈ  Reduce stress 

πŸ’β€β™€οΈ  Boost creativity 

πŸ’β€β™€οΈ  Improves mental agility 

πŸ’β€β™€οΈ  Increases empathy 

7. Take a Class 

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What better way to occupy your mind than taking a class. This can be in-person or online. You can take a class to help upskill or to learn a new hobby. And there are an almost limitless number of classes. 

Here are a few resources to help you pick your next class: 

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»  ALISON 

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»  Udemy 

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»  Coursera 

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»  edX 

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»  Udacity 

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»  LinkedIn Learning 

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»  General Assembly 

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»  Skillshare 

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»  LearnSmart 

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»  Codecademy 

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»  Pluralsight 

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»  Right Fit Career Course 

Looking for more ways to occupy your mind? Work one-on-one with an Ignite Your Potential career coach who can help you find meaningful ways to occupy your mind.