We all know the feeling of endless thoughts and worries bouncing around in our minds, never seemingly settling on one thing. It’s as if we’re trapped inside a monkey’s mind, constantly searching for something that will cause us pleasure or keep us from experiencing loneliness. But why do our minds never seem to still?
At the root of it all is biology; our brains are designed to keep us alert and safe from harm, so they never really rest. Our senses are constantly gathering information about the world around us, leading our brains to make connections and form thoughts – good or bad – that can lead to further analysis. In this way, we’re always processing what could be and what could have been, unable to switch off even when we want to.