• Coelacanth@feddit.nu
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      2 months ago

      I think so? I especially wish I could do it at night, it’s so hard to fall asleep when your brain refuses to turn off. I am so envious of people who can just shut their eyes and have no thoughts and fall asleep in a couple of minutes.

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        2 months ago

        I’ve noticed that when I can fall asleep, the mind keeps working on its’ own but I slowly stop paying attention to it, like it’s talking in the background and I’m zoning out. I start by gently focusing on my exhales.

        Then suddenly the mind will take me on a trip, without me even realizing it. I’m asleep.

        Some nights, I do “count sheep”, but with lists, like:
        “Five world capitals that start with the letter B”, or
        “Twenty movies with Robert De Niro”

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          Yeah, that’s pretty much my experience, except it only gets harder to actually drift off the older I get.

          Some nights, I do “count sheep”, but with lists…

          I’ve tried lots of “counting sheep” variations, but most are too boring for my ADHD brain to be able to maintain for longer than a minute. It’s really hard to find something I’m interested in enough to be able to focus on, but not so much that thinking about it actually keeps me awake.

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            2 months ago

            I’m one of those types who can create pretty vivid internal images, especially when I concentrate.

            If you can do the same thing, try combining the list making with a visual aspect. I literally just count numbers in my head, but at the same time I imagine what each number would look like in a fancy typeface, but as if it were a 3D object floating in blank ”mind space.”

            It takes up almost all of the capacity for my mind to wander, and unless I’m having a particularly difficult time I can usually use this to fall asleep within a half an hour or so.

            Doesn’t help with staying asleep, though.

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        What helps me is leaving on a show I’ve seen before. Something you enjoy but not something that surprises you. X-Files, Classic Twilight Zone, House works for me.

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      2 months ago

      I think a lot of people can chill naturally instead or chilling briefly and through immense focus. Must be nice.

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      Sleep. Pretty much the only time for me.

      I lay down, put on a narration, and at some point my memory cuts out and it’s the next day. Nothing happens so far as I recall between losing consciousness and waking up.

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          Reminds me of the scene in Parks and Rec where they take Ron to a meditation place and he’s just like “what’s the big deal? I just sat there and thought about nothing for 2 hours.”

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          No, the opposite, I get lost in my thoughts and forget I was supposed to be meditating :-( Same in the shower: I forget I’m in the shower and end up staying in there for 30 mins

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    2 months ago

    I have the opposite problem actually. I feel like I’m not thinking much at all (probably from a continuous shutdown) During these moments, constantly thinking and feeling seems like an improvement.

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    2 months ago

    Mindfulness and meditation? As far as I understand it, it’s about controlling your thoughts and what to think (and feel). I know it exists, can’t say if it actually helps - it looks promising but requires training and persistence. Ahem… :)

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      Mindfulness meditation is not about controlling your thoughts, it’s supposed to let you “ignore” them and let them pass by.

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    I’m sure this is only a me thing, but for me I found it easier to concentrate on specific sounds… Like the ringing in my ears.

    As a kid, I’ve always had ear ringing, but it doesn’t bother me too much in day to day life. I do have to ask people to repeat themselves if I’m not focused directly on them or cant read their lips, but at night or quiet moments, the ringing is a soft and gentle sound, like someone running a moist finger over the rim of some crystal ware. Very nice in winter on a soft moonlit night

    I focus on that ringing in a nice quiet and dark room, let it sing in my ears, and then close my eyes.

    I then focus on the funny golden geometrical sparkles, triangles, and if I relax, a small black circle with a white border starts to show up. It seems like a 2D object, constantly rotating quickly on a 3D plane, but slowly grows bigger.

    For some reason, I find these oddities comforting. The visuals remind me a bit of the pressure halo’s in your vision when you get a migraine, but without the pain, and covering the field of vision with your eyes closed only.

    Once when I was 4, I let that black circle engulf the entirety of my vision as I lay in bed, and the black faded into a creamy golden background with rainbow confetti falling. Obviously it’s not really, just some other strange visuals.

    Ahem. In either case, I use these to focus and relax at night to tell my brain to shut up.