Mind full or mindful? When it comes to decluttering your home, there’s a simple solution: put everything on eBay. Yet, when it comes to decluttering your mind, it’s not really possible to unload your thoughts onto eager internet buyers…or is it? A penny for your thoughts?
Having too much on your mind can lead to mental exhaustion.
Here are a few ways to declutter your mind.
1: Declutter your space. We are what we eat…and what we see and think. While people may argue about whether or not violent movies can raise a generation of messed-up, angry kids, let’s just err on the side of caution and declutter the space around us. With less things in our field of vision, we have less garbage to stew over and worry about…freeing up the space in our mind.
2: Declutter your schedule. Another thing that can drive us crazy is the constant rush from one activity to another. Take a look at your schedule and start eliminating things that aren’t necessary. All they’re doing is adding stress to your day and giving you more food to throw into the ever-sprilaing mental stew of stress.
3: Unplug from the party. Would you be able to sleep and rest easily if you were attending a party of several thousand people—say, like Times Square on New Year’s Eve? That’s pretty much what’s going on with your smartphone, tapped in as you (probably) are to several social media networks. The pings, dings, and rings from various contacts, along with the thrill of finding a new message are all adding small but unhealthy doses of stress to your day. I’m a blogger and forever on my phone, but I spend a few hours a day with my phone off limits. It really helps!
4: Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is all about engaging with the present in a fully, alive way. There are lots of ways to practice the skill of mindfulness, from meditation to just staring at an object (like a candle) and contemplating its existence. Mindfulness will help you learn how to push relevant concerns out of your conscious thought process, leading to increased concentration and a decluttered mind.
5: Let it go. If you let it go, it can’t hold you back any more… even my five year old knows that (thanks Frozen). From broken relationships to diabolical bosses, we tend to have a whole lot of backstory spinning in the back of our mind. Just let it all go, and like a computer that suddenly operates faster, you’ll find your mind in a much more free and easy state. If you’re having trouble letting go, I recommend checking out this post by Tony Robbins – https://www.tonyrobbins.com/mind-meaning/let-go-past/
The quality of your life improves with a clear mind. How can you focus when your mind is full of clutter? Declutter your mind and your goals, visions, desires and more will be crystal clear o