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With the last two months being so unreal, juggling my mental health and life, I’ve been turning to mind mapping as a coping tool.

When covid-19 started spreading quickly, I really thought there was no way that could happen in Canada. I thought we were immune to these tragedies. Boy, has this been eye-opening. Canada, of course, is not immune. We’ve been hit hard, and locked down too.

At the beginning, in March, I actually enjoyed my family being home. I wasn’t needing to find a coping tool. Mind mapping hadn’t entered into my life yet. I don’t mean that I was happy about the state of the world, but I was happy to have so much time with my kids and fiance.

We built tents, played Nerf guns, and had massive games of hide and seek. We colored 80 million pictures, and watched Disney plus and Netflix. A month later though, I was feeling exhausted. I had run out of games, and I did not want to color another picture ever.

April in Manitoba is basically still winter.

There is still snow everywhere and while some may be melting, we go through this awkward time where it might look nice, but it’s icy EVERYWHERE. Needless to say, it’s been hard. I’m sure many can relate, but my mental health has done nothing but deteriorate. My regular coping skills weren’t helping me enough.

First I recognized what my stresses were.

When I have a lot of things in my mind (which is basically all the time), it’s very difficult to make sense of anything. I started to make what I call my mind map.

Mind map example

Mind mapping has helped me gain control over my mental health.

I use the middle for the main issue, and then I branch off of it with what could be the reasons or contributing factors. Doing this has helped me so much! It helps me be able to identify how I’m feeling and give it a name, and then I can sort of “organize” my thoughts.

Have you ever used a coping technique mind mapping? Have you found it helpful?

Love Always, N

P.S. Don’t forget to read THIS one!

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65 thoughts on “Mind Mapping – What It Is, And Why You Need To Try

  1. I’ve heard of mind mapping but I’ve never seen it illustrated and it makes so much sense now and such a handy coping mechanism. Fab post

  2. I think many of us thought ‘not here’ re Covid which has made it all the more tough to deal with.
    I love the idea of mind maps. I’m similar but with much more useless and seemingly endless bullet point lists!

  3. Never knew about mind mapping!! Great post ? we have a covid patient near our house and I am just sick of staying at home. I’ll definitely try it.

  4. A really interesting read. I think lots of us thought ‘not here’ re Covid so dealing with the reality has been tough.
    I love the mind map idea. I do similar, but with probably less useful and seemingly endless bullet point lists!

  5. Thanks for this. I really like mind mapping. I haven’t used it for this purpose exactly (maybe I will) but pretty much any time my mind feels overwhelmed with thoughts this is a tool I like to use. It works better for me than more linear styles. Thanks!

  6. This is such a great idea for identifying what is causing anxiety! I’m going to be adding some pages in my journal just for this. Thank you1

  7. I love mindmaps. I use them for blogging and I’ve used them throughout university and even in my previous job. They’re just so handy! I’ve even used them to map out my thoughts and stressors. They really help break things down.

  8. I like the idea of mapping out my stress. I’ve done this to a certain extent through journaling. But one thing I haven’t really done is write down what I can do to solve the issue and then follow through with that. Thanks for the idea!!

  9. I’ve never heard of mind mapping before but it sounds like a great way to keep on track of what’s affecting my mental health. I’m definitely going to try this. Sometimes writing and drawing things out really helps!

  10. This is like… just stop for awhile and take time to assess what’s going on. I haven’t done this but this is a good technique when you’re handling stress. Nice article!

  11. Good post. Im good and dont need this list. Im always calm and collected. I will share this with someone who does.

  12. Thank you for this idea! I love mind maps and they can be used in many different ways. It’s also a great opportunity for how to analyze things that you have been struggling with.

  13. I haven’t thought of doing it for myself. I usually do it for projects or work, but I never thought of applying it to my life. I can see how it would work though and help me zero-in on triggers or identify what’s causing me to be extra tired or stressed.

  14. This is a great idea! I will have the try this. I have done something similar but with mapping out my negative thoughts with where I think they come from and replacing them with positive perspectives.

  15. I love mind maps for writing, but I love the idea of using it during the day to help identify my needs! It has been an unforgettable time, and it still is an unforgettable time, but we will get through it. 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing this.

  16. I remember learning about mind-mapping during uni. I haven’t used it myself, but I know that it can be really helpful in a lot of situations. Sounds great to apply it to your mental health!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

  17. This whole situation has been wild. Like you, I assumed that we were going to be relatively safe here in Canada. It’s usually pretty warm in April, so we were prepared for A LOT of outdoor time as March slowly came to an end. Unfortunately, this was not only the year that COVID-19 kept us all home, but it’s also the year that winter decided to stick around until mid-May in Southern Ontario. Temperatures are now rising, but it’s been a long few months thus far!

    1. Yes it has been! I’m glad the temperatures are rising finally! Sending love and positivity your way.

  18. This is a good way to identify what is creating anxiety and stress. Also an easy way to think of some solutions to those problems or stressors. I think some people do this mentally but the visual is a good way for those of us with anxiety to focus and set it down and process it all. Thanks for sharing.

  19. I absolutely do this – it’s like a puzzle that I like to figure out when something is going on with me. To trace it back to it’s source and then reorganize it so it makes sense and I can make it work for me

  20. I’ve never thought to create a mind map like this to write down my stresses. This quarantine has definitely taking a toll on my anxiety.

  21. Woah. This is nice! I love it 😀 A lot of people wrote this same information in words and the fact that you did in the map way is awesome!

  22. I have not used a coping mechanism like this, sound interesting. I just get a journal and write everything I feel no matter how silly it is. But this is another great way to organize your thoughts

  23. This is such a great post. I’ve never thought of doing mind mapping for my mental health before. I was reading this post and it just clicked for me so I’m going to give it a go.

  24. It’s been a crazy, tough time for lots of us! This is a great idea for managing some of that stress. Just knowing why you feel the way you do seems like it would make a big difference. Thanks for this.

  25. I haven’t tried this before but it sounds exactly what I need right now. I am feeling a little bit stressed and I am not sure why. Maybe this can help me to figure it out.

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