Declutter Your Mind

Our minds are a reflection of our environment, as our surroundings can directly impact how we think and how we feel. But isn’t also possible that our environment can be a reflection of our minds? Clutter within your thoughts can have a detrimental effect on your entire day, because it is impossible to focus on external tasks when you are not at peace internally. Decluttering your mind is an intentional application of mental energy, and like any mindfulness technique, it does take practice. The following tips will help guide you towards a restful and focused mind.

  • Write it down – This is as simple as a to-do list, and is less complex than journaling. You can free mental space by writing down what needs done, rather than having to repeatedly recall a task to prevent forgetfulness.
  • Exercise – Physical activity of any kind releases endorphins that boost energy and improve mood. Activities such as a mindful walk have shown to reduce the clutter in our minds and promote connectivity with the world around us.
  • Prioritize – You absorb an enormous amount of information each day, and if you do not prioritize that information, your mind can easily become overwhelmed. Decide what deserves your immediate attention and set the rest aside.
  • Let go – Not every thought deserves a reaction. If an idea is of no importance or consequence, allowing it to flow out of your mind will help minimize clutter.
  • Meditate – Meditation has numerous calming benefits for the mind and body. A few minutes each day will have a positive impact on your thoughts and emotions.
  • Practice gratitude – Practicing gratitude clears mental clutter by acknowledging all that you have, and it is a key component of mindfulness. It has shown to reduce stress, simply by recognizing the realities of the moment you are in.
  • Journal – This method allows you to release thoughts that are circling, but there is also value in distancing yourself from the topic at hand. You will find it difficult to process your thoughts faster than you can write them; therefore, your perspective changes.

A cluttered mind compromises clarity and lacks coherent vision in the moment. These tips will allow you to step away from complaints, concerns, and ruminations about the past, present, and future. A mind free of clutter can be more present, and it becomes easier to make decisions and respond positively, even amidst negative experiences. A clutter-free mind is empowering, and mindfulness can help you achieve the mental space to confidently tackle each day.