I first heard the term “Monkey Mind” when I was reading a book a few years ago. The term sounded strange to me, but the description resonated. I did some research and discovered that the term was coined by Buddhists. According to BJ Gallagher, “Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering…all clamoring for attention.”
Monkey Mind & Anxiety
I experience Monkey Mind. We all do from time to time. My anxiety disorder exacerbates my Monkey Mind. I become paralyzed with fear, overwhelmed and unable to respond to emails or return calls. When I have time, I use essential oils, take a bath, meditate, or do breathing exercises. I don’t always have the time to use my usual coping skills, though. When I’m on a tight schedule and need to stop feeling overwhelmed quickly, I open up the Health Storylines app.
Daily Planner Tool
The planner tool helps me organize and prioritize the tasks that I need to get done throughout the day. It is split into three categories:
1. Morning activities
2. Afternoon activities
3. Evening Activities
It seems simple, but when I’m having a panic attack about everything I need to do, it calms me down and helps me break down my day. In the first box, I usually remind myself to respond to all emails, getting the most stressful part of my day over with. In the afternoon, I typically remind myself to eat lunch. Otherwise, I’ll work right through lunch. It varies from day to day, but I know that when I use the app to break down my days, I’ll avoid monkey mind and get more done!