Practicing this habit regularly will help you gain longer periods of stillness and peace after each thought you have. These periods of stillness and peace will allow you to use your thinking power in an effective and focused manner. After all, whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are not trapped in it.
Listen to the voice in your head impartially.
Pay particular attention to any repetitive thought patterns you have. Do not judge your thoughts, simply be aware of them.
Notice your thoughts subside.
As you become aware of your thoughts, they will start to subside as you are no longer energizing the mind through identification with those thoughts. You will feel a sense of peace.
Immerse yourself in the Now - make the present moment the primary focus of your life.
For example, when you wash your hands, pay attention to all your senses - the sound and feel of water, the smell of the soap, etc.
Observe the tendency of your mind to want to escape from the Now.
You may notice yourself thinking about the future and imagining it to be better or worse than the present. The former will give you hope and the latter will give you anxiety - however, both emotions are dependent on an illusion. When this happens, immerse yourself in the Now and free yourself from your mind.