Small Habits for Decluttering the Mind
Does your mind feel like it's about to explode? Do you find that you're constantly thinking negatively, worrying, harboring negative emotions, or easily thrown off by external distractions? If you do, these are signs that your mind is cluttered. Your mind has become so inundated with negativity that you're emotionally exhausted, confused, and disorganized. This, essentially limits your ability to focus, make decisions, set goals, or be productive.
A cluttered mind does not equate to a happy life. If it remains cluttered too long, it can even start to cause serious health problems. That's why it is important for you to learn how to declutter your mind and release that negative energy. It's not something that will happen overnight, but if you start developing habits such as those to be discussed below, eventually, you'll get there.
Something as simple as meditating at least 10-15 minutes each morning can help to declutter your mind. When practiced correctly, meditation can help you release negative energy and thoughts while gaining clarity. Find a quiet place in your home to meditate every day. Sit in a relaxing position and take deep breaths in and out. As you exhale, picture yourself releasing those negative thought patterns. You can deepen your experience by using a bluetooth speaker system to play soothing music or meditation chants.
Write it Down
An easy way to get all those things out of your head is to write them down. A journal, for example, can be used to help release those overwhelming emotions you've been holding in. Writing in a journal every day is a healthy form of venting that can lighten your mental load. Another example would be to use checklists. Trying to remember everything you have to get done in a day can drive you crazy. Writing down your daily tasks, however, eliminates the need for you to have to try and remember it yourself. Not to mention, keeping checklists and schedules can let you know whether or not you need to cut back on some of these tasks to reduce your stress.
Talk to Someone
Holding in all that you're going through isn't uncommon. Some people don't share their worries, fears, or pressures because they believe it makes them weak. Others, don't want to be a burden to others. Yet, you are not designed to handle every problem in your life on your own. This is likely why your brain is overloaded. Find someone that you can really trust to talk to on a regular basis. You don't have to dump on them all at once, but simply start sharing how your day was and any specific problems you're having. Whether all you do is vent or they provide you with sound advice, it still releases these toxic thoughts and clears the mind.
Declutter Your Home and Office
Have you ever been having a really good day, then come home to a mess and suddenly feel stressed, anxious, or depressed? Or maybe you get into the office in the mornings and see those stacks of paper on your desk and you wish you were home? The condition of your physical environment can greatly impact your mind. When there's clutter everywhere, your mind becomes easily distracted thinking about all the mess you're surrounded in. So, as much as you might not like this idea, it's time to clean up your space. Get organized at home and in the office for peace of mind, no matter where you are.
Take a Break
Here's a habit that may be hard to develop but is absolutely necessary to help declutter your brain - take a break. Humans are not designed to operate at full-speed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This not only becomes physically taxing but emotionally overwhelming. You have to learn how to schedule a time to relax and do nothing. This doesn't mean you have to take a vacation (although you should on occasion). It could be something as simple as spending 30 minutes after you get dinner finished to just sit in your favorite chair and put your feet up. Maybe you decide to take a mental health day from work and catch up on sleep at home. Whatever you do, all you should be focused on during that break is clearing your mind and resting your body.
In times where mental illness is at an all-time high, it is necessary for individuals to learn how to take care of their mental health. One way of doing this is to constantly work at clearing the mind of negative thoughts. When you're able to release the negative energy from your mind, life becomes a lot easier to live.