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I Wish I Could Turn Off My Brain

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    Easier Than You Think

    Short of the ultimate cure, meditation, here are some simple ways to give your brain a break from Deepak Chopra: 27 Ways to Go Out of Your Mind 1. Invite someone new out to lunch. 2. Take a break from TV and radio news for at least a week, detaching from the mass...
    Honir Honir 26-30, M 2 Responses Apr 6, 2009

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    AriannaMariee AriannaMariee 16-17, F 2 Responses May 29, 2014

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    Try watching 'Larva' ion Netflix.

    It's the kind of show you can shut your brain off & enjoy.
    Jakd69 Jakd69 22-25, M Jan 18

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    I can't say I've had a day

    where I haven't over analyzed something to the point of disgust. I can't play chess, let alone many strategy games because I would over think everything and lose repeatedly. Half my brain is thinking about someone, the the other half is filled with memories. Can't I just have a...
    C9Poke C9Poke 16-17, M 1 Response Nov 9, 2014

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    Sometimes, I really do.

    My only fear is, would I be able to turn it on again when I need to? Whoa. O_O
    Whoami30 Whoami30 26-30, M Apr 2, 2014

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    I feel like I'm thinking about soo much.

    . Then when someone asks what I'm thinking about.. I can't tell them :/
    lexiesempathy lexiesempathy 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 8, 2014

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    Times like this I wish I had someone

    who I can talk to, and reliably take my brain and shut it off. The only person capable of it doesn't want to be committed to that. I just want something, or someone. I'm starting to sound desperate at this point. Maybe I am. I don't know, everyone sounds desperate when all they...
    C9Poke C9Poke 16-17, M Dec 19, 2014

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    Constantly thinking, overthinking,

    worrying, going thru different scenarios in my head about certain things. It gets very tiring & hard to deal with at times. Sometimes it feels like my head is going to explode if I think about too many things...so have been trying to chill some...easier said than done.
    RubyLane RubyLane 41-45, F 1 Response Dec 31, 2014

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    GREAAAT... There's overthinking something then

    there's whatever the **** my brain decided to do. Bloody hell!!
    Shiningstar26 Shiningstar26 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 28, 2014

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    especially tonight. i want to not think,

    not be conscious of anything. falling quickly as i sink into the bed.
    kmb5 kmb5 51-55 1 Response Apr 3

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    Upon my waking my brain is flooded with

    thoughts, emotions, memories, songs, a list of things to do, etc. Laying down trying to sleep my brain tries to process everything it's thought, everything that's happened, things that might happen, things I need to remember, and even as I dream I dream of cluttered nonsense...
    sile3 sile3 16-17, F Feb 3

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    I think way too much!

    Many nights I lay in bed sleepy but unable to sleep because my mind doesn't want to rest. I just don't know how to shut my thoughts off. Sometimes I just take zzzquil and finally get some sleep! Two places I think the most are laying in bed and in the shower
    Devotedmom77 Devotedmom77 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 8, 2014

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    At Night ...

    Even when I'm exhausted, and just want to sleep, a million thoughts keep running through my head, no matter how much exercise or relaxation techniques I use. It doesn't happen every night, but i wish it didn't occur at all!
    beerchick beerchick 26-30, F 10 Responses Sep 30, 2012

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    I think too much. I am always thinking 5-10

    steps ahead. Sometimes, it is hard to live in the moment. It is a great attribute in an emergency. I am very good at fixing problems and figuring out complicated issues, but it would be nice to have some downtime. I guess when I am distracted enough (during intimate moments...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jan 27, 2014

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    ArtsyFaerie32 ArtsyFaerie32 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 21, 2014

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    yes right now i want to block my own self.

    .......silenced the clutters and breathe silence.......
    snuffal snuffal 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 23

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    Especially tonight. I'm thinking about things

    that cant be undone, worrying about tomorrow and the week ahead. It does me no good .
    kmb5 kmb5 51-55 1 Response Sep 22, 2014

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    An off button for your brain would come in

    handy especially for those long nights you just want to go to bed but your brain dredges things up from the past!!
    kny6781 kny6781 18-21, F Jun 14, 2014

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    We Need To Reshape Our Life

    Many of us feel a nagging emptiness as something real is missing from our lives. We are aware there is more we could be engaging in or giving out. We could be experiencing a much more feeling of happiness in our life. Even after an exciting and exhilarating moment, we...
    ellenooo ellenooo 41-45, F 3 Responses Dec 2, 2011

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    I can't do anything because I think too much.

    I don't have any confidence in my future cause I think too much.
    kinkykween kinkykween 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 27, 2014

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    rehn65 rehn65 16-17, M 1 Response Dec 14, 2014

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    Especially At Night

    It never fails..as soon as I lay down to go to sleep..my mind starts to wonder and think about all the things that are going on in my life and the things I that I could be doing instead of laying in bed..so sometimes its hours before I fall asleep..I sooo very much wish that our...
    theheartofmemphis theheartofmemphis 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 4, 2013

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    Summary of my brain function in a day.

    Early morning (in class or work): Go home. Watch TV. Pizza.....yes! Need to order the pizza hut. Must take a bath too. Late night (on bed): I'm quite amazed at the complexity of how vast our universe is. The theory of Parallel Universe still stays in Paradox. Do we all know...
    Tawheed1994 Tawheed1994 18-21, M Jan 23

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    I seriously wish I could turn off my brain

    and just have a clear mind and not have so many worries about the future and so I can stop thinking about him..
    PrincessKylieP PrincessKylieP 16-17, F Nov 9, 2014

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    It's all so overwhelming.

    To any thoughts to much caring and for what??? I'm so sick of being too thoughtful about things that shouldn't matter to me.Analyzing every little thing even when I don't want to.Hurting so bad but not being able to stop the thoughts from playing over and over in my head.
    irreelevance irreelevance 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 18, 2014

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    I literally have so many thoughts running

    through my head I want to scream. Its like thousands of people all yelling inside there. I just wish i could shut it off so i could fall asleep.
    BiO811HazarD BiO811HazarD 18-21, M 3 Responses Apr 1, 2014

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    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M Jan 23

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    Sometimes

    i just wanna end the racing thoughts the indecisive thoughts the plans the fears the everything over analyzing the judgement all happening in my brain right as i drift to sleep I feel like i could just drown in all of it. sometime wish i could just turn my brain off like a...
    letsfeelthelove letsfeelthelove 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 2, 2012

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    Was doing the math, and my last full time job

    paid $160 a day & I worked 40 hours a week. After an industry bubble burst last year I was laid off. Now I'm averaging $150 a week from each of my 3 jobs, & working 60+ hours a week total... The service industry sucks *** & doesn't pay the bills. 😑
    Jakd69 Jakd69 22-25, M 2 days ago

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    ajusu ajusu 22-25, M Jan 23

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    My boyfriend told me

    that he's going home which is in another state because it's his sons birthday in a couple weeks. I automatically starting thinking too much. He's gonna **** his ex-wife. He's gonna realize that he really wants to be with her And at the same time I realized that I'm always...
    Pooh1993 Pooh1993 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 2

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    I can't stop thinking.

    I need to stop thinking. I want to stop thinking. I can't stop thinking. I need to stop thinking. I want to stop thinking. I need to stop thinking. I can't stop thinking. I want to stop thinking. I need to stop thinking. I can't stop thinking. I want to stop thinking.
    C9Poke C9Poke 16-17, M 2 Responses Nov 17, 2014

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    Shut Up Already!!

    Why won't you leave me alone and give me some peace for a while?  Why do you have to keep thinking and thinking and then re-thinking?  I need some sleep and you won't let me get it.  I need some quiet and you won't let me have it.  You won't even shut up long...
    goddessone goddessone 41-45, F 14 Responses Mar 10, 2008

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    Yeah it thinks a lot of crap.

    Sometimes I need to shut it down.
    Tawheed1994 Tawheed1994 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 18

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    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 24

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    Soooo much thinking, thoughts,

    and stress. Even when I'm sleeping I still dream of what I'm stressing over.
    teeegreen teeegreen 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 9, 2014

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    Remember the mantra. It will help.

    Reinforce your walls...they are crumbling.
    MommaBella MommaBella 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 2

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    Trying to get to sleep is a lost cause.

    My thoughts won't stop and my brain won't turn off. Even in the middle of trying to say a little prayer it gets interrupted suddenly by a flash of bad memories.
    trayomis trayomis 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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    How To Cope With This Economy?

    My brain/mind wont stop analyzing every possible negative scenario that could happen.life,love,money,social,emotional and physical issues seem more complex than in years past.I have a college degree as well as vocational training,yet i made more money in my early twenties.jobs...
    Exponentiallystressed Exponentiallystressed 36-40 1 Response Mar 26, 2012

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    If only I can shut off

    and forget the negative thoughts in my head...
    Plainkyle Plainkyle 22-25, M Apr 1, 2014

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    I hear everything. Even the things I don't

    want to hear. I notice everything... every move....every facial expression....every gesture. I overthink things when I shouldn't . I feel things that shouldn't matter to me. I care for people who couldn't care less about me or don't know I exist. It's disturbing...it's crazy...
    irreelevance irreelevance 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 19, 2014

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    I'm really bad about thinking about things to

    hard and i confuse my self by trying to go in depth and I know I'm confusing my self and it urkes me
    Funnychase66 Funnychase66 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 23

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    Just on occasion, I wouldn't see all the things

    I can't stand about myself, insecurities would be fired, I wouldn't miss you, and lets face it....I'd fit in with my workmates too.
    Littlemisssomebody Littlemisssomebody 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 26, 2014

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    Endless Thoughts

    As long as I can remember, my brain has been overload, continuously thinking 24/7, even when I sleep. And if that isn't messed up, I perceive two thoughts at once and I can't control one of them. Its as almost I have two brains, one that I can control and the other that I can't...
    NightwolfBlackheart NightwolfBlackheart 26-30, M 4 Responses Aug 24, 2013

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    Around this time of night?

    Yeah, seriously could use a brain switch right now..
    Bethstar Bethstar 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 3

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    Heart Or Head?

    Do you listen to your heart or your head?  How do you decide what to do when you heart says YES YES YES and your head comes behind it saying HELL NO!!! HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLl NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 8 Responses May 2, 2009

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