Five tips on decluttering your mind
Daily our lives are jam-packed and filled with noise, clutter, chaos, worries and stresses. Our minds are constantly sorting stuff and feeding us information but unlike our surroundings, it is not as easy to pick up the pieces and just put them away. Therefore, a process needs to be put in place to simplify the cleansing of the mind.
Every day I go a daily walk with my thoughts and spend time consciously thinking, breathing and enjoying nature.
Why declutter your mind.
Every day we gather new thoughts, experiences and stories. The stories we gather stack upon the memories and stories we tell ourselves from the past. These stories we file sometimes with old scars and hurts, laying and building upon the stories we have told ourselves. The stories we tell ourselves are edited by ourselves to reinforce our beliefs and contributing to more worry and anxiety. Our thoughts and memories take conscious and unconscious space in the mind. When we worry or think about things too much we leave ourselves little room for creativity and personal growth. Fortunately, little changes can make a big difference, though it takes a little bit of practice.
Benefits of Clearing the mind.
There are multiple health benefits in clearing the mind which include;
- lower stress levels
- less anxiety
- better sleep
- less distraction
- clarity with decisions
- improved concentration
- improves your mood
- enhanced creativity
Five Tips on How To Declutter Your Mind
- Accept what can’t be changed – Somethings we can’t change, it happened in the past. You can’t take words back, you can’t always change situations. The Dali Lama has a quote ‘If you have fear of some pains or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry’.
- Let go of your fears and worries – There is no point in worrying so let it go, let it go, let it go. Let go of the frustration, let go of the anger and let go of the worry. Also, don’t hold grudges. It is healthier to be mindful and happy than to store negative emotions.
The simple action of appreciating what you have can help with letting go of your worries. As the practice of gratitude helps us realise what we have to be grateful for.
- Breathe – Concentrating on your breathing is very effective. Focus on your breathing. Take deep breaths while focussing, breathing in and out through the nose. Feel your belly fill with air and then expel the air. There are different techniques for breathing as explained in this article, deep breathing and focusing on the breathe.
The Apple Watch has a good app for breathing called Breathe App. There are also other apps available for phones. The apps are great as they guide the breathing as you focus on deep breaths that clear the mind.
- Journal – Write down your concerns in a journal. Explore areas of your life, your feelings and your ideas and concerns. Journaling is a great way of clearing your head of the ideas you’re storing and also a fantastic way to build content for blogging if you like to blog. Refer to these Journal Prompts to help you get started with journaling.
- Go for a walk in nature – Just being in nature if a fabulous way to free the mind from daily stresses and worries. Going for a walk, a jog or doing some gardening clears the head. When out in nature detox by not using a phone or electronic device in order to feel the full benefits of the environment your in.
When I go for daily walks. I take videos and photos to share, however, I spend most of my time immersed in nature. Most of the time I am walking in nature, I put my phone on silent and put it in my pocket. I spend time walking or sitting listening to the birds, the waves, the rippling water and the wildlife and air around me. I find it very relaxing. On the days I don’t spend 30 – 40 minutes walking somewhere on the beautiful Central Coast, NSW, Australia where I live, I feel less relaxed. Follow my walks on Instagram.
Forest Bathing, the benefits of enjoying nature.
Japan has a term for enjoying nature among the trees called ‘forest bathing‘. Forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate, blood pressure, reduce stress, boost the immune system and overall wellbeing. To just sit among the trees and do nothing but enjoy, relax and appreciate nature provides a grounding effect that benefits and frees us from the stresses of daily life and business.
Bonus Tips on Decluttering Your Mind
If you can’t get away to a park or to a nature area and have to debunk your mind, chat with a friend. Offloading to a friend is great for your mental sanity, but remember to listen to them as they listen to you.
Another great way to clear your head is to do a brain dump. A brain dump is when you write down everything you think of, are worried about or need to do. Many people swear by doing an effective brain dump daily or weekly to help them focus with the now.
Experience the benefits of decluttering your mind by choosing one or more of the activities to do daily or weekly. You certainly will feel the benefits it brings.
Angie blogs about setting goals and mastering habits as well as productivity and living abroad. She started blogging while learning the skills to start an online business. Her goal to work online came about due to wanting to see overseas family and travel around Australia. Her mission is to help others succeed with their goals. Angie often shares tips and tricks while walking the beaches or near the lake on the Central Coast NSW Australia.