Originally Posted by Young_and_Confused
Originally Posted by anndelise
Originally Posted by Winterpark
... I just don't understand how can someone shut their brain off. Ever.
I feel the same way. I've talked about this with my ISFP bf before. He says he can go at times with almost nothing running through his head. The periods don't last long, but they come often. For myself, I can't shut the darned thing up! Even after walking miles upon miles, my thoughts are still going, though at a somewhat dampened speed.
The problem is that you have to do the thinking before you go to bed. Go to your bed an hour earlier then your supposed and don't try to sleep. Instead think all those thoughts and write them down. If something is worrying you, then get that thing done before the hour is over. See if that works.
I don't even know where to begin with this one:
1. The suggestions assume a need to do ALL my thinking before I go to bed.
2. The suggestions assume that the problems I am working on are simple enough to be solved within an hour.
3. The suggestions assume that all or most of my thinking can be written down. The facts is, there are so many thoughts flying through my head at any one time that it requires even more effort/mental energy to attempt to pin one down long enough to write it.
4. The suggestions assume that I am deliberately doing the thinking. The fact is, most of the information I obtain and most of the thinking I do is processed just under my awareness. Which means that I can hear and feel the thoughts moving around as if behind a curtain. (The intense walking makes the curtain heavier so that I feel/hear less of it.) Laying in bed, as I drift off, I never quite make it to sleep. I feel suspended throughout most of the night. Tossing and turning because of the sheer amount of "noise" going on in my head. Waking up once in a while with an "ah-ha" moment which I sometimes write down if it pertains to an important project I am working on (and yes, I've already limited my project average to about 3-5 major projects at a time.)
Basically, the suggestions above might be great for simple and/or convergent thinking. But it leaves little room for
a) what i do naturally, and
b) the complexity of what I am working on.