How to Declutter your Mind: Decluttering Tips to Free your Mind

 

Dealing with mental clutter is like dealing with clutter in your home. You need to start by organizing your thoughts and having a place for them. Deal with items one at a time. It is much easier to deal with a problem in small pieces rather than fix everything with one broad solution.

Here are some methods you can use to declutter your mind.

 

Write Down the Thoughts in Your Mind:

Your brain has an amazing capacity to process information; however, when there are too many trains of thought, it gets jumbled. You do not need to store all of those thoughts in your brain, though. Instead, write them down.

Putting your thoughts on paper relieves your mind and allows you to come back to each thought later. If they are a to-do list, you can post it on the fridge. If they are your deep thoughts and feelings, keep them in a journal for your eyes only.

 

Move On:

Continuously ruminating on the past can eat you alive. The things you wish you did, or had done differently, missed opportunities, break-ups, embarrassments, the list goes on. You can't change the past; you can only learn from it.

Everyone makes mistakes, so forgive yourself and stop beating yourself up. If you hold on to old grudges, find a way to forgive the other person for their mistakes. Love yourself enough to let it go and move on.

 

Learn to Prioritize:

If your mind is full of the things you need to do, come up with your short-list of items that need to be done first. Despite what your cluttered brain may tell you, not everything is a priority.

Once you make your list, concentrate on completing those tasks first. When you have crossed all of those items off the list, move on to the less essential tasks. Not only will you feel accomplished, but you will also begin to feel the weight the tasks lift off of your shoulders.

 

Create an Auto-Pilot Habit:

Choose small tasks in your day that you will do the exact same way every single day. For instance, put together an evening routine. Walk around the house and do a 10 minute tidy. Make sure the dishes are done, blankets are put away, lights are off, and the bathroom is neat.

Prepare your morning coffee and set the pot on a timer. Then take a warm shower or bath, slip into clean pajamas, and lay down for the night. Establishing a nighttime routine where you close up the day and prepare for the next day will help leave you feeling accomplished.

The following day you wake up ready to start a new day. Once you establish this routine, it will become a habit, and you will do it without thinking.

 

Clean:

From your home, workplace, car, or all of the above. Clutter in your physical environment creates clutter in your mind. Take the time to create a clean environment to carry over into your mental psyche.

 

Meditate or Do Yoga:

These activities teach your mind to find a state of calm. It is your goal to focus on the present, take intentional breaths, and give your body some rest. When you engage in activities that allow for a pause, this gives your mind a break.

This momentary pause lets your mind stop thinking of the worst case possible, not to mention that the break can slowly declutter and begin to make sense of all the things you are thinking about.

If you give yourself a chance to pause regularly, you will notice that the state of calm seeps into other aspects of your day and life. You may no longer be frustrated by bad drivers, long lines, or be overly bothered when things don't go your way.

 

One Day at a Time

Attack your life by focusing on one thing at a time. This relates not only to your to-do list but your surroundings. It is easy to open up multiple tabs on the computer screen while answering your phone and watching a movie on your tablet.

All of this stimulation can make it difficult to get tasks done effectively. You become easily distracted and end up working on three things at once rather than one thing at a time. Put all of your focus into one task. You will finish it faster, and your end result will be better. You can get more things done in a day with this method.

Learning to declutter your brain is good for your physical and mental well-being. Mental clutter can lead to fatigue and explosive emotional reactions. Use several or all of the methods above to help organize your mind.

Don't worry if one way does not work for you, but also do not give up. Everyone is different, so what works for some will not work for others. Once you find a method that works for you, stick to it, and you will see how your quality of life improves.

Overthinking is another event that clogs up your brain. Overthinking is when you run through the same thought over and over. You may think about a person, a relationship, or an incident that has a significant impact on your life.

Overthinking can lead to anxiety, depression, or significant stress. Each of those disorders affects your relationships, ability to hold down a job, financial health, and overall standard of life.

 

If overthinking sounds like something you are doing, it is essential to find ways to stop. Here are some methods to help you stop overthinking.

Stop Focusing on What Can Go Wrong:

It is very easy to slip into the mindset where you picture everything going wrong in your life. This is a very negative way to live. When you think something is going to be bad, it likely is. This is called a self-fulfilling prophecy.

It means that you can imagine something into existence. This phenomenon can work the other way as well. If you think things are going to be positive, they will be. So start focusing on all of the things that can go right. Even if something doesn't go as planned, try and find the positive in the situation. There can always be a silver lining if you look hard enough.

 

Find a Positive Distraction:

When you notice your mind is drifting off into that negative overthinking place, do something to distract yourself. Read a book, go for a walk, call a friend, write, get ahead on work, do whatever you need to help keep your mind off the thinking cycle.

However, the task you choose should be positive. Do not use alcohol, drugs, or other unhealthy habits to mask the thoughts. This can lead to very unhealthy habits and may only cause more damage.

 

Indulge Your Overthinking, but Only for a Limited Time:

It may satisfy your brain to have a small window of time to dwell on the topics your brain overthinks about. If this makes you feel better, let your mind wander for 5 or 10 minutes. Set a timer. When the timer beeps, you must move on.

Over time, reduce the number of minutes the timer is set for. You are training your brain not to dwell on the painful subjects. Eventually, you will be able to let go of your thoughts quickly.

 

Understand That You Do Not Know What the Future Holds:

Your overthinking may be centered around events that are yet to come. Despite how much you prepare for the future, the events that unfold are out of your hands.

Prepare for what you can control and let go of what you can't. Be okay with whatever the outcome is, knowing that you can and will make it out in the end.

 

Do Your Best, and Accept It:

A lot of the time, overthinking is because you feel as though you are not good enough. This thought likely came from previous experiences when you thought you fell short, and now you worry that history will repeat itself.

Go into every activity backed by all of your efforts. Putting your best foot forward is all you can ask of yourself. If it does not go well, then good for you, you gave it a shot. No one is successful at everything, so don't expect yourself to be.

 

Make a List of Things in Your Life That Make You Grateful:

When you put together this list, you may be surprised by all the good things you have in your life. It is easy to get wrapped up in the negative. This spirals into thinking that you don't have a good enough experience.

Seeing on paper how much you really do have can be very powerful. Refer back to this list when you are feeling overwhelmed or are in need of a pick-me-up.

 

In order to release yourself from overthinking, you must clean out your mind. Rid yourself of the negative and replace it with the positive. Clutter and overthinking can lead to serious mental health issues. You have the power to take control of your thinking and walk a path of productivity and self-appreciation.

 

Anger Management by Tony Sanders

 

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