I wanted to share these mind games in case they might help someone out there who is struggling and looking for help.
When my mind is racing and I can’t get a grasp on the thoughts that are entering my head I try these things to help slow things down and get a grip:
1.) Try to change the color of something you can see. (I don’t recommend doing this while driving though sometimes I need to)
ex. Start with something small like a pen. Focus on the pen and try to make it look like a different color. Think of the color pink in your mind remember what it looks like, then paint the pen with that color you are picturing until the pen is pink.
ex 2. try to visualize the pen on fire, or melting or frozen or something. Just change the state of it with your mind. Hyper-focusing on an object usually helps quiet things in my head enough to refocus on what I was trying to do.
2.) Visualize the bad thoughts in your head like splotches of paint on a canvas. Try to see every bad thought in your head as a different color. Once you can see your muddied canvas, start to whipe it clean until it is nice and white again.
3.) count things around you
4.) close your eyes and picture a white room with 4 walls a floor and a ceiling. Then start to decorate your room, add a photo frame, paint the walls, add objects that you like.
4a.) close your eyes and picture a white room with 4 walls a floor and a ceiling. Start to pull bad thoughts into your mind one at a time and practice crushing them like clay, then use that new clay to form objects in your room that you like. A beach ball, a sailboat, rain, chocolate, whatever it is you enjoy.
I know these might seem silly but they have got me through the past few years. I only regret that now that things are getting stronger they tend to work less often.