Here me now- I am not claiming total head monkey control. However, there are ways to quite them and get them mananged. This has been HUGE for my daughter and I. We have monkey riots in our heads often and they just needed to settle the hell down.
When the head monkeys are out of control they need to be fed.
First in a head monkey’s diet is sleep. Lack of sleep makes them louder or controlling them harder. I am not sure which. Either sucks. Set a iron clad routine. For adults, around 10 P.M. and up around 6 P.M. following the rhythm of nature. If that time frame not possible, seven to eight hours where you are able. Uninterrupted. My kids and I are still in negotiations on that part. Settle into a non engaging activity thirty minutes before bed time. I absolutely CANNOT read before bed. Book are engaging and insomnia inducing for me. My daughter it’s the opposite effect. As a matter of fact it can put her to sleep in the middle of the day, so she claims. Find a relaxing activity you can walk way from. Listen to your body. I have been sleeping in an extra when possible due to my iron deficiency and children. I need the extra sleep. I am not against sleep aids and if you need them use them with care.
Head monkeys love food. What you feed them either fuels crazy or appeases them. Avoid high fats, sugar, dyes, chemical/processed foods. It reeks havoc on your nervous system and incites head monkey riots. Caffeine needs to be on a short lease. There are some studies showing restrained amounts of coffee in the A.M. help rev those brain engines, possibly- POSSIBLY- helping those with ADHD. It’s not conclusive. However, in small amounts I find it helps. The best thing you can feed yourself is water. HYDRATE. Don’t give them a fighting chance. Head Monkey grub should rely on protein and not just meat protein. Even good-for-you lean meat protein in high amounts taxes your kidneys. Nuts, beans, lentils should be mingling with your chicken, turkey, and lean beef. Frequently. YOU NEED CARBS. Actually, the head monkeys do. But carb responsibly. Whole grains like oats, amaranth, brown rice, quinoa, barley are the bread/pasta ingredients to look for. Avoid processed, refine, and white flour. Especially bleached. Saying “bleached flour” out loud just literally tasted nasty. Bleached?! Whole fruits and veggies are smart head monkey carbs and nutrients. Eat them. In abundance. Then watch those head monkeys quiet down.
What you eat is as important as how and when. Breakfast needs to be a protein punch and the afternoon follows suit. Afternoon is when you start to drop in your energy rhythm and wish for those kindergarten naps. Eat a light protein snack. Small meals space about two to three hours apart regulate your blood sugar, showing those head monkeys who’s boss. Drink water all in between.
You may want to consider supplements depending on your head monkey issues. LISTEN CAREFULLY KIDS AND HEAD MONKEYS. Supplements are not for all ages and can negatively interact with other medications. Check and double check with professional input. Vitamin Bs (“S”-plural) in a multivitamin for kids, multi or just B complex form for adults is great. The Bs work the nerve system with magnesium, its a head monkey massage. Omegas are for all ages, stages, and reasons. We are plant based omega takers but cold fish omegas are VERY helpful in head noise reduction. If you deal with anxiety, depression, focus issues, etc safely used and effective supplement can help your extra head monkeys. Even if you take medication.
Now that the head monkeys are rested and fed. Give them a run. You need to get active- daily and through out the day. Simple stretches, standing up and down a few times when you have desk duty makes a difference. Commit to getting that heart pumping. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just do. Then get hands on. Head monkeys like creativity. Everyone is creative and not everyone is a Picasso. Coloring books are just as effective as a Pollock inspired endeavor. Cooking is creative. Yay food! Working on cars. LEGOS! Just be open and get something in your hands. If the monkeys are especially loud then meditate while hands on- shameless previous post plug on meditation . A daily meditation practice is a great preventative for crowd control. You need to empty the junk drawer but you may worry about the ability focus for so long. Take five minutes as a starter and if you can go longer great, if not, that’s great. It’s all about being intentional to help you focus on what you are creating for animal head control.
As of now my head monkeys are on a leash. While I embrace their quirks and noise at times, the clock is ticking so I am going to go cook something.
My head monkeys namaste your head monkeys. Find mental peace friends.