Quiet Down Your Mind with a Brain Dump

Updated: Jun 16

Finding calm can be next to impossible when you have a million thoughts swirling around in your head. When our daily stressors become too much, our heads become filled with rambling, disorganized thoughts that seem to never leave. Luckily, I know of one simple trick that can help you to overcome that helpless feeling and escape into calm. It's called a brain dump, and it could not be any easier (or more impactful). Once you learn this technique, you'll no longer be forced to deal with the overwhelm of an overcrowded mind.


What is a Brain Dump?

A brain dump is simply taking what's in your brain and transferring it to another place. Most of the time, you’ll use either a physical piece of paper or a digital forum like a computer app or word processing program. The most important thing about this activity is to clear your mind of all the clutter so that you can think clearly again. Dumping the excess thoughts and information from your brain to a different storage medium frees up valuable space and unloads a heavy burden. You'll feel a lot freer once you've experienced this process.

Benefits of Brain Dumping

There are a number of benefits to performing a brain dump. Let's look at just a few. First of all, it clears your head and gives you a sense of control over your thoughts, worries, and random information in your mind. This process clears your brain as if it were a computer cache. Once there’s more space, your brain can function better. Another benefit is that a visual representation of your thoughts helps you better narrow down your options. Information is far easier to sort when it's right in front of you than when it's swirling around in your mind. After you get the thoughts out into the physical realm, you can organize them into a format that makes sense, helping you to process and make plans. You'll find the information is now organized and more readily managed. It will be easier to gain focus and to be more productive in your workflow.

How to do a Brain Dump

Performing a brain dump is easy. First, choose the format that is most therapeutic to you and will help you retain the information best. Find the way that works best for your brain to organize and process what’s inside it. Some people just hand write it in a notebook, some type it, some make columns and create way to organize it. Do whatever works best for you.

Next, you’ll need to set aside at least a half hour of quiet time. Start to write down everything that's in your head. Keep going until you can't think of anything else. Try to use the time you've allotted, but don't frustrate yourself if you run out early and can't think of more. Give your writing some space, then come back later to categorize and organize it in a way that makes the most sense.

Brain dumps are typically most effective when performed on at least a weekly basis. This is good to do on a weekly basis. As you go, feel free to do it more or less frequently as needed. You'll find you feel more refreshed and can think more clearly after your brain dump session.

Blessings & Love,

Jen #thankfulheartscoaching

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