25 ways to stop living in your head (these tips work!)

There are countless ways to stop dwelling on your thoughts and start living again.

By applying these tips, you’ll be able to find peace of mind and improve your relationships with others.

After all, it’s a lot easier to be happy and live life when you’re out there amongst the people doing things instead of sitting on your couch…head in hand.

Here are 25 ways to stop living in your head!

1) Get up and move

We’ve all been there – we get tired from thinking about all the things we should do instead of just getting up and doing things one by one.

If you are caught up in this kind of behavior, sit less and do more.

Studies have shown that sedentary people have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and even mental conditions such as depression.

By simply sitting less, you will improve your health, as well as increase your productivity at work or at home.

You can first do something that stresses you out the most, just so you can get it out of your way and enjoy the rest of the activities more.

You will notice that your energy and optimism are coming back as soon as you are done with it.

2) Go outside for a walk

Whenever you get bored or stressed out, go for a walk outside. It will help you clear your head, take your mind off things and give yourself a sense of well-being.

You can make a list of things you would like to do or simply let your mind wander.

We can get caught up in thinking that we should only go out if there is a chore to be done.

However, going to the park can be very beneficial for you, because the fresh air will help you to think clearly.

And besides, your mind will wander in a very different way when out in the open instead of staying in your room or office.

3) Work on finding your peace

Perhaps the reason why you are unable to stop living in your head is the fact that there are too many things in the way of just feeling at peace with yourself.

When it comes to having trouble experiencing peace, it could be that you’re not living your life aligned with a deeper sense of purpose.

The consequences of not finding your purpose in life include a general sense of frustration, listlessness, dissatisfaction, and a sense of not being connected with your inner self.

It’s difficult to get outside your head when you’re not feeling in sync.

I learned a new way to discover my purpose after watching Ideapod co-founder Justin Brown’s video on the hidden trap of improving yourself. He explains that most people misunderstand how to find their purpose, using visualization and other self-help techniques.

However, visualization isn’t the best way to find your purpose. Instead, there’s a new way to do it, which Justin Brown learned from spending time with a shaman in Brazil.

After watching the video, I discovered my purpose in life, and it dissolved my feelings of frustration and dissatisfaction. This helped me to put my life into perspective.

Watch the free video here.

4) Work out

Go for a jog, pick up a tennis racket or join a gym.

Running, hitting the ball, and lifting weights will improve your mood and help to release some of that built-up tension.

Not only will you do something good for your body, but your mind will benefit from it as well.

One of the best ways to initiate a productive change in your life is with exercise.

Keep on doing it for 60 days, and you will notice that you will have increased mental clarity, increased energy levels, and better concentration.

In fact, exercising can be the best way to bring new ideas and possibilities into your life. It’s a fantastic way to form healthy habits that last over time.

5) Dance and sing

If you like to dance, but you were always too shy to do it, this is your chance to let go of all the limitations and simply enjoy the beat.

Get out on the dance floor and shake it!

It’s great for your mental health, and you’ll be having fun at the same time as well.

You will soon notice that you have a huge smile on your face, that your mood is lifting, and you feel at peace.

If you haven’t tried singing karaoke yet, you should.

Even though you might feel a little embarrassed or silly at first, remember that the process is only temporary, and you will end up having fun!

You’ll be surprised how easy it is to get up on stage and rock one of your favorite songs!

Singing karaoke has become a new way of socializing in many countries, as well as being a form used to relieve stress and anxiety in mental health clinics.

6) Laugh

Laughing is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety.

Watch a funny movie or show, tickle your partner or just laugh out loud.

Even if you don’t feel like it, make yourself laugh and see how much better you’ll feel afterward.

There is even a laugher yoga that you can try.

Even though it sounds weird at first, many people who have tried it say it works.

If you are still not up for laughter yoga, you can watch a stand-up special that will make you forget all about your life and simply enjoy a good laugh.

7) Play with a pet

Take your dog out for a walk, play fetch, or just pat your cat.

Pets are great stress relievers, and they can be very helpful in making you feel at ease and confident.

Not only will you get positive energy from them, but you will also benefit from the physical aspect of interacting with animals as well.

At the same time, you are doing something good for your health that can improve your mood and overall mental state of being.

On the other hand, if you don’t have a pet yet, consider adopting a pet from an animal shelter.

If you are not ready to take this responsibility on you, you can always help your friend out by taking care of their pet for a couple of days.

8) Take care of yourself

When you start feeling bad, it’s time to do something about it.

This includes things such as paying closer attention to the food you eat, preparing a nutritious meal, and pampering yourself whenever you get a chance.

Go to a spa or get a massage if you feel like it or do something nice for youself at home.

When you’re healthy and toned, you’ll look better and feel better about yourself too.

Go for a walk, have lunch or sign up for yoga or Pilates classes.

9) Learn something new

Start leaning about art or craft and make some wonderful things that you can hang up or give to your friends and family as presents!

Learning something new, even if you don’t plan on doing it professionally, will improve your focus and help you relax.

If you feel like you’re in a rut, it may be time to take up a new hobby or get into something creative.

Why not think about starting a garden or having a go at cookery?

It doesn’t have to be anything big – maybe start making some homemade soap.

Don’t force yourself; just let your natural creativity emerge and see what happens!

10) Be with friends

If you have spent less time with your friends lately, call them and do something that you would enjoy.

The more people you’re around, the happier you’ll be.

Go out with friends, have a picnic in the park, or get together with your family. You’ll feel much better if everybody is having a good time.

When you are with people you love and care about, you feel better and more optimistic, so have more of that wonderful energy.

Explore new museums or restaurants, visit a city that you’ve always wanted to go to but never made the opportunity yet and simply spend time with them.

11) Listen to music

Listen to the music that makes you happy.

Music can have an immense effect on your mood, so if you’re listening to something that de-stresses you or brings up memories of a happier time, it will only increase your happiness.

It will help you to focus on the music, as opposed to your stress, problems, or anxiety.

If you feel like dancing, make sure you do it!

It will be a great workout for your body and soul.

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You can even create your own playlists with all the songs that are meaningful to you or that have a positive meaning and help you get through tough times.

One study has found that listening to music can increase creativity and memory by almost 50%!

Make sure you test this theory out and see how it will affect you.

12) Communicate with yourself with affirmations

Write down things you wish to say out loud and talk them over in your head.

Think about having a journal.

Once you see it on paper, it will be easier for you to make some sense of all that.

Think things through and see what is making you feel stuck in your life.

After that, say a few affirmations that will lift your spirit.

13) Do what you love

Do the things that bring you joy and happiness.

If you feel like reading, then read! If you’d rather laze around watching TV, then do it!

Don’t feel obligated to do one thing because you think it’s ‘good for you’.

Instead, do what makes YOU happy!

14) Practice mindfulness

Think about something in the present moment.

What’s your mood? Are you happy? Sad?

Ask yourself, “What am I feeling right now?” “Now, what is my next thought?” “Now, what am I doing here?” Have fun doing that.

When it comes to your personal spiritual journey, which toxic habits have you unknowingly picked up?

Is it the need to be positive all the time? Is it a sense of superiority over those who lack spiritual awareness?

Even well-meaning gurus and experts can get it wrong.

The result?

You end up achieving the opposite of what you’re searching for. You do more to harm yourself than to heal.

You may even hurt those around you.

In this eye-opening video, the shaman Rudá Iandé explains how so many of us fall into the toxic spirituality trap. He himself went through a similar experience at the start of his journey.

But with over 30 years of experience in the spiritual field, Rudá now confronts and tackles popular toxic traits and habits.

As he mentions in the video, spirituality should be about empowering yourself. Not suppressing emotions, not judging others, but forming a pure connection with who you are at your core.

If this is what you’d like to achieve, click here to watch the free video.

Even if you’re well into your spiritual journey, it’s never too late to unlearn the myths you’ve bought for truth!

15) Clean your home

An orderly environment can help you feel much more at ease and relaxed.

Cleaning your home is a great way to rearrange your environment and put yourself in a new mindset.

It’s also a good way to knock out two birds with one stone by getting in some exercise as well!

When you clean the dust, and you start taking out all the things that just bring negative energy into your home, you will start feeling lighter and more positive than any time before.

When you clean your home, it will make you feel better and energized.

Start making your home look nice with different colors, nice textures, and well-designed furniture to encourage yourself to be more positive.

Even small changes can help you feel more positive. For example, if you see a new lamp or a painting on the wall, you will be more positive about the house and your surroundings.

16) Do small tasks

Do something small and do it well.

Make the bed, wash dishes, or go for a walk around the block.

You’ll feel better about yourself, your mood will improve, and you’ll be productive as well!

Break out all the chores into small tasks so you don’t get overwhelmed, and you can complete them faster.

A good way to do everything systematically is to make a list.

Once you start seeing the results of your work, you’ll feel more motivated and inspired to do more.

Finish something that’s been on the back burners for too long.

Clean up around the house or make sure your car is running smoothly before you take it for a drive.

When everything around you is working smoothly, it will help you get more done and stay calmer.

It will also make your environment look nice, which can boost your confidence.

Having unfinished chores can be a significant obstacle to having peace even when you want to rest.

Although we can never be truly done with all the chores, it is possible to bring in some sense of order and calmness.

17) Get involved

One of the best things you can do when you feel stuck in your mind is to do help people who need it.

Volunteer at a local charity, take on a new hobby or become a member of a community group.

Get out there and do things that you like while helping others!

You will feel better for sure. The sense of gratitude for the things you have and the ability to share them with the less fortunate will give you the satisfaction that you are doing what you can.

Get connected with like-minded people, and you will instantly feel the love and support from your community, and you will feel a sense of purpose.

When you get involved, you’ll get in touch with other people while being happier and healthier.

It will also help you to stay organized and deal with any problems that arise.

But remember! You can’t give enough to others just because they need it.

If you’re so kind that it causes you too much stress, then maybe it’s time for a change!

The secret is in achieving the balance, as always.

18) Draw and let your imagination go crazy

Drawing is a great way to express how you feel and understand your inner self.

And you can do it from anywhere.

Grab a pen and a notebook or grab some paints or crayons when you have some free time.

You can draw whatever comes to your mind without thinking too much about it.

It is not about excellence but more about releasing all the negative emotions that you have trouble processing.

You can even get adult coloring books that can relax you and make it your time to get your thoughts together.

19) Cook a tasty meal

We all need to eat, but we usually do it without giving it much thought.

Cooking a meal for yourself or a loved one will make you feel accomplished and proud.

You’ll also get to enjoy your meal while it’s hot too!

Being able to enjoy every bite will enable you to focus on the moment and enjoy it to the fullest.

It will also give you strength for all the other things you will need to do to pull yourself from the point where you are now to where you want to be.

20) Buy something new

Sometimes even a piece of new clothing can help us feel fresh and energized.

Get that new suit, dress, watch, or pair of shoes that you’ve been eying up.

Even if it’s just for a short time, you’ll feel better about yourself after purchasing something nice for yourself.

It can be something small, but if you like it, it will bring some new energy into your life and simply let you be joyous for a moment.

21) Talk to someone you care about

It’s a wonderful feeling when you make time in your schedule to call a close friend or family member.

You’ll feel the love they have for you, and they’ll appreciate the effort too!

It is the best thing to do when you are feeling insecure and stuck with your thoughts, unable to move.

Exchanging opinions with someone you care about will give you a sense of appreciation and liveliness.

It is a great way to get back on track.

22) Take some time to relax

You don’t have to be busy all the time!

That is a common misconception.

Sometimes doing nothing can get you further.

Take some time out to yourself and just relax.

Take a bath or shower, pick up a book and read a few pages, or lay down and watch TV.

Don’t give yourself any deadlines or schedules! Just chill out!

You will notice that you are mind is clearing up and that your energy is returning.

That is because you’re not over-thinking and stressing yourself out.

23) Go for a hike

Hiking is a great way to get out of your head.

There’s nothing like the fresh air and exercise to make you feel better.

Staying away from gadgets and social media can help you see things from a distance and assess everything objectively.

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You will be able to look at your feelings and take a step away from everything.

It is a great way to have some fun, especially if you do it with someone else.

It is also a great form of exercise, which has been proven time and time again that it can make you feel better about yourself.

Not only will you feel healthier, but also more energetic and optimistic.

24) Find a new hobby

Learn a new skill such as pottery, playing an instrument, or learning a language.

Find something that you like, and then learn how to improve upon it!

Having a hobby can help you improve your focus, make you enjoy life more, and can also provide lifetime memories.

Be brave enough to get outside of the familiar in your life.

Try something that you never have before. If you can, try to write a poem.

It can be about anything: what you are feeling, a memory, or even something that you have observed.

When it’s done and if you like it, share it with someone who can appreciate the thought.

You will feel better and accomplished by doing something positive for yourself.

You’ll also feel better about yourself because you are taking time out of your day to care for yourself in some way or another!

It is never too late to discover some new talent that you didn’t even know you had.

25) Go to bed early

A good night’s sleep can do wonders.

Get in bed an hour early and let yourself have a long, peaceful rest.

Sleep is crucial for keeping your body healthy, your mind happy, and your mood up, which is something that we often forget.

Sometimes our reactions are over the top.

Sleep can help you to reset and gather your thoughts to make better decisions.

Let your mind process everything that is going on, and your body will be protected from all the stress that you put it through.

Make sure you create a bedtime routine you enjoy that can help you relax every muscle in your body, so when you actually sleep, it is undisturbed and peaceful.

Make your bedroom a haven to get away from everything.

Some people enjoy having a bath or a shower, giving themselves a massage, or lighting scented candles.

Whatever you like the most is fine, just listen to your body and indulge yourself in the best way possible.

Final thoughts

Hopefully, all of these tips will help you move to a healthier state of mind and enable you to truly create a life that you will enjoy and love.

The most important thing that you need to have in mind is that you need to be caring about your needs and don’t judge yourself for feeling this way.

At some point, you will realize that it is getting easier for you to be optimistic and productive.

But I get it, getting outside this condition you are in right now out can be hard, especially if you’ve been struggling with your thoughts for a while now.

If that’s the case, I highly recommend watching this free breathwork video, created by the shaman, Rudá Iandê.

Rudá isn’t another self-professed life coach. Through shamanism and his own life journey, he’s created a modern-day twist to ancient healing techniques.

The exercises in his invigorating video combine years of breathwork experience and ancient shamanic beliefs designed to help you relax and check in with your body and soul.

After many years of suppressing my emotions, Rudá’s dynamic breathwork flow quite literally revived that connection.

And that’s what you need:

A spark to reconnect you with your feelings so that you can begin focusing on the most important relationship of all – the one you have with yourself.

So if you’re ready to take back control over your mind, body, and soul, if you’re ready to say goodbye to anxiety and stress, check out his genuine advice below.

Here’s a link to the free video again.

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Azra Jovicic

I am Azra Jovicic and I love writing about psychology and wellness. I am just trying to make the sense of the world and share with others the things I’ve found out.

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