I've got nothing today. Seriously, nothing. Well, that's not completely true. I have a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head and I'm not sure what to do with them.
My first solution was to watch a couple of episodes of Friends. I figured that taking my mind off my thoughts would be just what I needed.
But that didn't happen. In fact, as I was watching the second episode, I kept drifting off to my thoughts. I'm not even sure what that second episode was about, but I knew I needed to do something with my thoughts.
Enter the brain dump.
Brain dumps are helpful when we just need to get thoughts out of our heads. I recommend going old school on this one with a pen and a journal. It's a pretty simple process. You start writing. Anything that is in your head goes onto the paper. It's a stream of consciousness. You keep writing as long as you have thoughts popping into your head.
I always know I need a brain dump when I'm fidgety and can't stop thoughts from flowing. I know I'm done with a brain dump when I'm relaxed and the thoughts aren't coming as fast and furiously. It's like I've gotten everything out of my system.
You know that feeling after you've thrown up so much that you know when you're finally done? This is thought vomit. You keep the words scribbling on paper (spelling, grammar, and the like don't count) until you don't have anything left.
What do you do with the brain dump once you're done? Well, that's completely up to you. It really depends on what you got down on paper. Sometimes I'm pretty frustrated and so I vent. Once I get it out of my system, I rip up the paper and throw it away signifying letting it go.
Sometimes my brain dump is a to-do list. I get all of these ideas of things I need to do with Get To It, at my school counseling job, or projects around the house. I get them down on paper and then I can go back through them to prioritize what needs to get done first.
And then there are times where I get some pretty great writing ideas that I keep for future use. I write them down especially when I'm afraid I will forget them, like at night when I'm staring at the ceiling because I don't want to forget an amazing idea. Yeah, that's another reason for a brain dump. It helps me get back to sleep at night.
Brain dumps are flat out fabulous, because they allow us to vent rather than hurt another person's feelings, they give us an opportunity to organize our thoughts, and they allow our creativity to come alive.
I dare you to give it a shot if you've never tried it.
See what you think. I'm willing to bet you'll feel a sense of peace and relaxation. But then again, maybe that's just me.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.