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    Jan 25, 2008 10:57 AM GMT
    Remember, Dumbledore used pensive,..

    what's you experience of how to cope with mind restlessness, thoughts overflow and similar? (not just about bedtime)

    pills, natural infusions, meditation, aroma therapy, other advice?

    thank you guys
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    Jan 25, 2008 12:20 PM GMT
    jerking off? icon_rolleyes.gif
  • ShawnTX

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    Jan 25, 2008 12:22 PM GMT
    Ah, restless mind...my biggest enemy. It could be nothing of particular importance, but my mind can race and before I know it, I've been tossing and turning for 2 or 3 hours.

    I'll spend a hald hour meditating before going to bed just to settle my mind. I also make a great aromatherapy diffuser for my bedroom that I swear works wonders.

    Sleeping pills are not an option. I wouldn't want to get dependent on them, and I try to avoid taking drugs as much as possible.
  • ShawnTX

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    Jan 25, 2008 12:23 PM GMT
    Sedative14 saidjerking off? icon_rolleyes.gif


    Hehe, that definately helps too!
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    Jan 25, 2008 12:25 PM GMT
    jerking off - it's good if you are in college -
    to sleep next day through in classes icon_wink.gif

    but you can't afford it if you have several important meetings the following day - you'll be acting a bit off sync icon_biggrin.gif (been noticed)
  • Laurence

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    Jan 25, 2008 12:26 PM GMT
    Read a book, watch TV, play a computer game. Do something to get your mind out of the overactive rut.

    If you're trying to sleep, get out of bed and do something.

    Lozx
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    Jan 25, 2008 12:30 PM GMT
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    Kreawizbut you can't afford it if you have several important meetings the following day - you'll be acting a bit off sync


    icon_eek.gif Jerking off leaves me tired for only a few hours (at most)... not the following day! icon_eek.gif LOL

    But then again, I've got a twenty-two year old libido.

    Seriously though, when I get restless it's usually because I'm feeling creative. I usually draw or make some stuff on the PC. Also write some poetry or stuff...

    and then I jerk off and fall asleep. LOL
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    Jan 25, 2008 12:40 PM GMT
    TV. But it has to be something that I'm interested in enough to keep my mind from wandering, but not so interested in, I want to stay awake to watch the whole show. Usually nature shows or stuff on the History Channel, because I know if I'm really interested in the topic, I can just wikipedia it the next day and read to my hearts content. TVLand works well for me too.

    And jerking off always helps, and I've never noticed being out of sync the next day because of it.

    Sleeping pills knock me out for about 4 hours and then I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep.
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    Jan 25, 2008 1:05 PM GMT
    oh yeah.

    The Discovery channel or National Geographic channel can keep me glued for hours...
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    Jan 25, 2008 1:32 PM GMT
    When this happens to me I fuck around on here. Nothing like a Vegan Vigilante or a Growth Hormone Grandad to induce instant slumber.

    A neuropsychiatrist recently told me that high levels of anxiety and mind overflow are typical in certain personality profiles and that one shouldn't fuss too much about it. Frankly, if your driven, as you surely seem to be, then it isn't likely the end of the world.

    If you want bliss give ignorance a try.

    Peace
    Terry
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    Jan 25, 2008 1:55 PM GMT
    I use 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytrytophan) to increase my serotonin...puts me right to sleep

    GABA during the day to up the serotonin and relieve anxiety.
  • Nudista

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    Jan 25, 2008 5:00 PM GMT
    There was a similar post a couple of months ago on a similar topic...I too have trouble putting my mind to rest....it usually hovers around the 9K Redline after 5pm and wants to hang there until 2 or 3am...its not necessarily a bad thing as usrmajor mentioned...as long as I channel the extra energy in the right direction.

    Sometimes I'll head to the gym to use the extra energy...sometimes i'll call my friends/family during this time to catch up...that way they are not complaining I never check on them. Sometimes I'll jump on here...or sometimes I get to work if Im feeling creative enough to think of a new business plan.

    BTW...there is this product called Seredyn (google it)....which is suppose to help with a restless/anxious mind. Some swear by it. No prescription necessary. I've used it before and it did nothing for me but that doesn't mean it doesnt work.
  • Csrobbie2000

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    Jan 25, 2008 5:01 PM GMT
    How about Yoga? I just started it recently, and it helps a lot.
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    Jan 25, 2008 5:13 PM GMT
    warm milk, chamomille and a little honey before bedtime
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    Jan 25, 2008 5:15 PM GMT
    A combination of progressive muscular relaxation and breath focused meditation seems to help me. I don't think anything short of massive doses of adderall will keep me from scampering uncontrolably towards bright and shiny objects, but the meditation seems to increase my attention span and help quiet my mind at least for a little while.

    ......that is until the voices start whispering again.
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    Jan 25, 2008 5:16 PM GMT
    I write down all my thoughts into a notebook. Getting them down on paper seems to act like a release for me.
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    Jan 25, 2008 5:19 PM GMT
    SDtrainer saidI write down all my thoughts into a notebook. Getting them down on paper seems to act like a release for me.



    EXACTLY!! Helps me ALL of the time!!
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    Jan 25, 2008 5:24 PM GMT
    Stretching exercises helps relax me before bed, too.

    Realize you cant being going 90 miles an hour, jump into bed, and expect to fall right to sleep.
  • dhinkansas

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    Jan 25, 2008 5:46 PM GMT
    Maybe a hot shower or bath before bed? That can be kind of relaxing. You could even throw in the girly thread from this week and make it a bubble bath icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 25, 2008 6:05 PM GMT
    Go for a massage, spend time with positive friends out to dinner, go for a nice walk, Take time and do things you enjoy.

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    Jan 25, 2008 6:38 PM GMT
    Sedative14 saidJerking off leaves me tired for only a few hours (at most)... not the following day! icon_eek.gif LOL

    But then again, I've got a twenty-two year old libido.


    Jerking off only leaves me tired for a few minutes...not a few hours, lol. Then again, I pretty much have the libido of a 17 year old in a porn store icon_lol.gif It's a good thing my brain keeps me out of trouble icon_wink.gif

    I've been taking 5-HTP too, and I've definitely noticed a better sleep pattern, plus my overall mood is a lot better as well.

    Hot baths, writing stuff down (not typing...writing - it's more relaxing), meditation...all good stuff. But, if you still can't sleep, one thing I've learned is not to fight it - that will just make it worse. Just get out of bed, go read a book or watch television or something till you are ready to get to sleep again.

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    Jan 25, 2008 7:18 PM GMT
    yes - for focusing practical works

    just wanted to hear on biochemistry & substances -
    cause in our part of the world artificial pharmaceutiacals isn't popular at all - maybe just 'cause natural herbs & tincturas costs 20-50 cents in apothecary icon_smile.gif

    and for serotonin - loads of bananas -)
    contain natural neuromediators..
  • maximumrisk

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    Jan 25, 2008 8:31 PM GMT
    I still have not figured out how to get some peace from my head without being drugged. I usually need a hour to fall asleep. Daydreaming seems to help, but that gets difficult when my thoughts always wander to different things.
  • mcwclewis

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    Jan 25, 2008 8:31 PM GMT
    Milk and a hot shower usually helps me.
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    Jan 27, 2008 5:24 PM GMT
    Just wanted to add - forced breath techniques

    sounds intimidating but it can be just stadium running - i use sequences of sprint (100m) + fade out walking (while breathing at this)
    Could be quite clearable! icon_smile.gif