At times, I’m sure you’ll have been in the situation of trying to get to sleep whilst being troubled by a pesky thought that won’t go away.
For me, it often happens if I wake up partway through the night and fail to fall back to sleep immediately.
If I’m not careful, there it is. That pesky thought, which all too often is one that goes round and round in my head, generally pretty annoyingly.
Not always, but sometimes, I can send a worry like this packing, by forcing myself to think about something totally different.
It can take a substantial amount of effort to do so, but it can work.
Usually I have to add as much detail to my other thinking as I can – creating pictures and even sounds in my mind.
Of course the same thing can be true during the day, too.
There’s a lot to be said for taking notice of the things around you.
Being aware of your surroundings, savouring sights, and reflecting on what you see can make a great contribution to your general wellbeing.
It can also help prevent that nasty old rumination thing where you think too hard about life’s less-pleasing aspects.
(Most lives have them.)
So keep your eyes about you today.
Take notice – really take notice – of what you see.
There’s a lot to be said for it.