If the title of my blog caught your attention, you probably also suffer from running mind syndrome (don’t worry, I made that diagnosis up). What do I mean by running mind syndrome, though? When you can’t turn off your thoughts and no matter what you are doing you are constantly preparing, analyzing, worrying, dreading, dreaming; simply put, your mind is running. Sometimes your mind is quiet, but when it is, it is very easy to get distracted, and then it takes off running again. Chronic worrying and anxious thoughts are a symptom of a running mind, and unfortunately both of these things cause remarkable stress on the brain and body. How do I know? I like to think I am somewhat of an expert. I spent most of my life trying to make my brain “right.” Being diagnosed with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) at age 8 was the start of a long and trying journey towards trying to find the right pill, the right diet, the right lifestyle, to stop the running mind. But don’t worry, because I have been doing this since the 3rd grade, I have been able to try all different approaches to curing my running mind, and I’m not finished yet. I am still actively searching for the perfect regimen, and I am on a promising path.
Through my blog, I want to share my experiences with you all so that you can learn from my mistakes and also maybe gain some insight on what works for you and your body. To clarify, this is NOT just a blog for people suffering from mental disorders. This is a blog for ANYONE who knows that they have a running mind and wants to learn how to slow it down and live in the present. In addition to OCD, my running mind has also played a part in other disorders, such as:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Body Dimorphic Disorder
This is becoming a part of our daily culture. We live in a fast paced world where slowing down can seem nearly impossible, but it is not. Join me on my quest for peace and tranquility and separation from the running mind. The blog posts to follow will chronicle all the methods I am trying/testing/using to make progress, as well as personal stories and stories from my peers who also suffer from a running mind.
I look forward to having you on my team!
Peace and love,