Note: This is not medical advice. If you are suffering from depression, please seek a doctor to help you.
We live in a world where everything goes by so fast you don’t even have the time to focus on it. Whether it is something fun like watching a video or something painful like the death of someone. Everything goes by so fast, forcing you to move on. This is the primary reason for blank mind depression.
This overall feeling has its jaws embedded into the brains of our youth. In many cases, individuals suffering from it have difficulty focusing, remembering things, and making choices, leading to a downward spiral into an even deeper state of depression.
This article will discuss strategies to fight this and become more mindful in the process.
The Connection Between Brain Fog/Mind Blanking and Mindfulness
People often think that their thoughts and bodies are in separate places. This “Brain Fog” phenomenon seems to be a frequent occurrence in human existence, rather than an uncommon or unique one. Most of the time, people’s minds seem to roam “somewhere else”—their attention gets separated from their surroundings, and their thoughts travel to times and places far removed from the present.
However, in rare circumstances, people’s ideas seem to move practically nowhere, as if they have just disappeared. This mental state is known as mind-blanking.
Mind Blanking and mindfulness are the exact opposite. As the name dictates, the reason is that when we are mindful of the task we are doing, we have our full focus on achieving the goal. Whereas with this type of blank mind syndrome, there is no goal, and you constantly lose focus. It is crucial to deal with this issue and nip it in the bud with mindfulness exercises before it becomes more serious.
Blank Mind Syndrome Work Through Mindfulness to Help You Focus
Trying to be attentive and noticing your thoughts without judgment may help overcome this issue and result in improved sleep, productivity, higher attention, and enhanced creativity (which in turn can also be worked on through lucid dreaming work). Investing time in mindfulness meditation is well worth it. Here is the list of exercises/tasks you can do:
- Meditation: According to research, meditation may aid with restoring your focus to the things you cherish the most. It is the art of connecting with the spiritual self through your physical self.
- Socialize: This blank mind feeling can be reduced, and the inclination to ruminate reduced, by concentrating on pleasant interactions with friends. By increasing your social ties, you provide yourself with a good coping mechanism.
- Distract Yourself: Sometimes, shifting your attention can be the most effective method to improve. Step outdoors. Go work out. Participate in a project or a hobby. For a few minutes, immerse yourself in a good book. Activities like tai chi and karate might also help you calm your thoughts.
These are fantastic methods to take a break from this these horrible feelings of emptiness.
Vagus Nerve Stimulation: Depression Influenced by Deep Breathing
The vagus nerve is one of the largest nerves in the body. Deep breathing can also stimulate that nerve, which in effect can help to calm you down.
The relationship is such that stimulating the vagus nerve causes your relaxation reflex to be activated, leading to a reduction in your blood pressure and heart rate. Furthermore, deep breathing activates the vagus nerve to such an extent that it works as a brake on certain negative feelings for some people.
Using Affirmations for Depression the Right Way (While Breathing Deeply)
Self-affirmations may be beneficial in reducing your sensitivity to depression, which is a common cause of social anxiety in people. Furthermore, it has been shown that greater self-esteem is associated with fewer nervous reactions.
When used in this manner, positive affirmations have the potential to both increase your self-esteem and, as a consequence, deal with depression and make circumstances seem less problematic.
Here is a list of five affirmations that you can use while breathing deeply:
- I am powerful despite my limitations.
- I can maintain my composure in unfamiliar settings.
- I am happy with who I am and where I am at right now.
- I have a lot of positive qualities.
- I feel in charge when I am in social situations.
Affirmations Manage Empty Mind Depression by Giving Your Brain a Focal Point
A self-affirmation can help you be more motivated, but only if you have a lot of confidence in yourself.
There’s no point in telling yourself how awesome you are all the time if your self-esteem is low. You don’t believe yourself. It’s important to think about that before you start yelling out positive things every day.
If your mind is in the right place, and you believe in yourself and your abilities (self-esteem), you could choose a positive self-affirmation from the list below to help you manage empty mind depression by providing you with a focal point.
- I am self-sufficient and able to fend for myself in any situation.
- Every day brings me one step closer to reaching my objectives.
- I can make mistakes, but I am capable of recovering and continuing. I don’t need to be discouraged by a slight setback.
- I have a sense of purpose in this life, and I take pride in my work.
- Every one of my acts has a purpose and is motivating.
- I am conscious of my own existence and in command of my own destiny.
These affirmations indeed work in many cases making people concentrate and be mindful of their surroundings and what they are doing.
Consider Contacting a Depression Center for Meeting Up With Mindfulness Groups
After trying all the exercises mentioned above, if you are still facing empty mindedness, we recommend contacting a depression center and meeting up with mindfulness groups. Participating in a group activity might help us maintain our enthusiasm and dedication to practice. This is true for a wide range of human activities.
A group to share your experiences with may assist in dispelling the fog of self-doubt and blame that might accumulate over time. It is possible to overcome barriers created by negative thoughts such as ‘It’s not working for me, I seem to be doing something wrong, ‘I’m worthless, I continue getting sidetracked’ by drawing on the wisdom and experience of the group and the guidance of a skilled instructor.
Jesse G. is a long-time fan of the esoteric in all of its forms and its effects on performance, happiness and stress in a variety of people. His work centers primarily around allowing people to use a variety of areas to figure out what works best for them as individuals.