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20th May 2022

People can’t get over this genius hack that ‘instantly stops your thoughts’

Charlie Herbert

We’re all trying this tonight right?

A TikToker has shared a genius “Jedi mind trick” hack that can help you stop overthinking and “stop your mind on command”.

It’s something we’ve all experienced. You’re ready for bed, you put your head down, and then suddenly every thought or worry you could have had during the day enters your mind.

But, thanks to The Mental Level on TikTok, there’s something you can try to get your mind “slowing down or stopping”.

The technique is simple: you just need to keep asking yourself “what is my next thought going to be?”

If you think of something, which you may realise suddenly becomes a lot more difficult, you just “acknowledge it, and gently let it go.”

And repeat the process.

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People couldn’t believe how effective the technique was, and took to the comments to thank the TikToker.

One person said: “You just set my brain in airplane mode.”

Another wrote: “I have ADHD. I. Cannot. BELIEVE. How quickly this worked. I’m stunned.”

A third commented: “This just put my brain on mute almost immediately. Thank you.”

This technique can obviously be used whenever you start overthinking, not just if you’re trying to get to sleep.

There is some science behind why we overthink at night though.

Carley Symes from the Counselling Directory recently told the Huffington Post: “Our days are filled with things to do and process and think about right from the get-go.

“The only time we really start to switch off from those things is when we are laid in bed, getting ready to go to sleep. So it makes sense that all those things we haven’t had space for throughout the day take hold.”

As your brain is no longer occupied with work and everyday life, it suddenly has free space to fill – and does so by trying to process what information is needed and not from the past 24 hours.

You can read more about this here.

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