Do you often feel like you have a million things going on and your brain is on serious overdrive? Is your cluttered mind causing you stress and confusion? If the answer is yes, it might mean that your mind is telling you to take a break and clear out the clutter.
Just like your house needs to be clean on a regular basis so it doesn't get dirty and cluttered, so does your brain. Clearing out all of that mental baggage that you no longer use is key to staying focused, motivated and productive.
This mental baggage reduces our ability to think, make good decisions, be productive and can allow negative thoughts to creep in. De-cluttering your mind can help you reduce stress, anxiety and other mental health issues. It is also essential when it comes to improving focus, productivity and mental clarity.
Instead of suffering from mental fatigue, a clear mind it makes it easier to strengthen your problem solving and decision making skills. De-cluttering your mind also makes more room for positive thoughts and affirmations, that help you be more productive and successful in your life.
Here are 5 simple yet effective tips to help you de-clutter your mind and find mental peace in no time!
1) Prioritize your Priorities
Making a to-do list can help you feel ready and organized to tackle the tasks of the day. One of the best ways to help you declutter your mind is to take all those thoughts and tasks floating around in your brain and write them down. Getting them on paper takes them out of your head because it allows you to let go of the responsibility you have to remember them, thus decluttering your mind in the process.
Once they are written down, prioritizing them is the next step. Plus, when you prioritize this list based on your personal value system, it makes it clear where you should increase your focus.
2) Get Moving
Exercise is a great way to help relieve stress and clear your mind. Getting some physical activity can help boost endorphins, help you stay physically healthy, and give your mind a break from worrying.
Exercise has also been linked to improvements in cognitive function and mental clarity. When you participate in physical activity, it can help distract your mind from any negative thoughts by shifting your focus on something else. Finally, exercising can help boost your mood and increase energy levels, which can help make it easier to tackle mental clutter.
A simple walk out in nature can do wonders for your mental clarity, but you can do anything that gets your body moving and your focus off of what is bugging you. I like a long relaxing walk, but I also like kickboxing.
Both provide a great release and clear my mind.
3) Practice Meditation and Relaxation
Meditation can help you relax, reduce stress, and declutter your thoughts. It gives your mind an opportunity to rest and clear out some of the extra mental clutter it’s carrying around.
This can be as simple as you want it to be. It can be as easy as focusing on your breath for a few minutes to an hour of meditation. Either can help bring awareness to the present moment and help you focus on your thoughts while allowing all other distractions to be released. This can strengthen your ability to focus, allowing you to be more mindful and gain insight on your thoughts, and make mindful decisions on what stays and what goes out of your life.
4) Talk to Someone
Talking about worries and fears can help to get things out of your mind and into the open. Sometimes it helps just to get it out of your head by sharing your thoughts with someone else. Talking to a trusted friend or family member – or life coach – can help to process the things that are often jumbled up inside your head. They can then provide you with a fresh perspective and help you release the clutter in your mind.
5) Take Time for Spiritual Practice
When you are able to rest in a spiritual practice, it can be helpful in decluttering the mind. Prayer, studying religious or spiritual texts, or even going to church are activities that can help to clear the mind and bring a sense of perspective.
Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day." – Deepak Chopra
This time for spiritual practice provides a valuable opportunity to process any worries and anxieties that may be weighing it down. By engaging in spiritual practices such as meditation, prayer or self-reflection you can create a space to pause and observe your thoughts and feelings, allowing you to take a step back from the chaos of your daily life and gain a better understanding of your situation. It can help to create a sense of mental clarity and release built up tension and stress, making it easier to effectively tackle the other aspects of life.
In today's world, living with a stressed and cluttered mind seems to be the status quo. But it doesn't have to be. With practice, you can learn to manage and declutter your mind more easily, and live a happier and less stressful life.