If it feels good to declutter your home, it feels even better to declutter your mind.
Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds, you can grow flowers … or weeds. - author unknown
One of the things you notice when you start decluttering is how so much of the clutter in your environment can reflect the clutter in your mind.
Clutter can make you feel overwhelmed and stressed and, chances, are that you are also hanging onto bad feelings, ill-founded assumptions, old grievances, and future worries.
When you declutter your mind, you give yourself time to dedicate to being more creative and positive. You also build the mental strength you need to become the best version of yourself.
Here are some useful tips to help declutter your mind
Use relaxation techniques
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, some simple breathing techniques can help you calm down and focus. For a few minutes, focus only on your breathing and nothing else. If your mind wanders or gets back into the worrying groove, you must put that aside and come back to focus on your breath.
Write it down
It can help to write down anything that’s on your mind. Once all those worries are down on paper, you can prioritize them and work out a plan to deal with them. You can also assess them to identify what’s essential and what isn’t. When you can see what’s important, you can focus your energy and free up some of that mental space!
Stay in the present
Brooding over the past and worrying about the future take up a lot of space in your mind and achieve precisely nothing. Let go of regret over past mistakes or resentment of past slights and move on. Keep your focus on what you can influence right here, right now.
Do one thing at a time.
Multitasking is not only overrated (it’s very inefficient), it also leads to greater anxiety, and you never do any one thing properly. Focus on doing things methodically and thoroughly. As you finish one task, move onto the next.
Control all the incoming data
We talk about being available 24/7 and the 24-hour news cycle, but there is only one person who can control that. You. You can choose to switch off your computer, smartphone, and tv and control the amount of data your brain is trying to process. Limit your exposure to incoming data and give yourself some quiet time.
Decluttering your mind will pay off in all sorts of ways you hadn’t imagined. You will be more productive, less stressed and more energized and motivated.
** Sleep - one of the benefits of improved and restful sleep is mental clarity, so if you are struggling to to clear your mind, lack of quality sleep could be something to consider.
Now that I have shared these ideas of how to start decluttering your mind . . . how are you going to practice?
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