We are surrounded by an ocean of irrelevant information. As such, it is pretty hard to sift through all the bullshit we find scattered all around the internet and look for the relevant piece of content for us.
And even then, we have the tendency to focus on information that is useless to us.
As beautiful as our minds are, we are also pretty stupid when it comes to taking care of ourselves. As such, we end up suffering from all sorts of mental health issues, anxiety, depression, stress, etc.
And boy do I have to tell you how much of a killer stress can be. To a point, where it is so detrimental to have stress and anxiety that it chips away at your life.
I'm sure most of us long to find that one place of peace and calm when life gets rough. And it's hard. Unless you've got ridiculous levels of discipline, being able to identify and eliminate your stressors is almost impossible.
Now I'm no guru, but after having struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts for the better part of my life, I've managed to compartmentalize. I've developed certain mechanisms for taking care of myself.
And here's my 2 cents:
At least not in the way you usually do. We all have thoughts. And all these thoughts and all these thoughts materialize in our heads as voices. When you think, you hear that thought as this voice in your head talking to you.
Here's the thing tho: You are not the voices in your head. You are the awareness that observes them. Think of your being as an entity that can exist without becoming one with what you think. You can be yourself without identifying with your thoughts.
Having your consciousness be a separate entity that can exist without intrusion from outer influences and stressors helps you create a foundation, that you can reach for when your thoughts become too much.
Now people do this through meditation, yoga, or something else that helps them "calm down and focus." The way that has worked for me is writing. I take a blank piece of paper and scribble down everything I think. Literally, write at the speed of my thoughts. Doing this helps me physically separate myself from my intrusive thoughts and create a sense of self that goes beyond my everyday stress and problems.
Create your own identity, and never apologize for who you are.