How many of you have a busy mind? You’ve constantly got something that you are thinking about, there’s always something to do – an errand to run or a child to take care of.
Sometimes this busy mind can get in the way of achieving anything at all. It causes you to stress about everything that you have to do that you spend too much time worrying and not enough time doing.
Maybe if you spend some time decluttering those busy, distracting, and often stressful thoughts, you’ll find that you are able to get more done, breathe easier, and enjoy life a little more.
Try a couple of these things to lift that burden from your busy mind.
Get those busy thoughts out of your head and down on paper. Write down your stresses and worries – and then let them go. Writing can be a good method of therapy that allows us to visualize all of our thoughts in one place.
Another tactic is to instead focus on writing positive things – things you are grateful for, happy experiences. Use this tool to reflect upon the things that make you happy in your life. This will help you to cultivate a more positive outlook.
Go for a walk! Clear your mind as you walk outside or do some physical activity. Our bodies release endorphins when we exercise, which physically make us happier. If you’re doing a difficult workout, you tend to focus more on the workout than the daily stressors that clutter your mind.
Are you getting enough sleep? Sometimes a change in sleeping habits is all you need to get you back into the right mind-frame that you need to function each day. Make sure you get the amount of sleep that your body and mind require.
Do you have a stockpile of stuff in your home that is always on the back of your mind? Get rid of it! Take some time to go through the things in your home – donate old clothing and items to Goodwill, recycle old car batteries sitting in the garage, whatever you have lying around that you don’t use, eliminate it.
Physically decluttering can help declutter your mind as much as any of these other methods. Take the time to organize your desk at work or your counters, table, and shelves at home.
Instead of stressing yourself out while trying to multi-task and doing two things at a mediocre level, try focusing on one task at a time and excelling at it.
Pick one or two of the most important things you need to get done that day and focus on them. Prioritize the bigs things and let those drive your motivation rather than stressing about all the little things.
Let go of the little things. Make a list of everything you need to do that is stressing you out – and cross half of the list off. Not everything needs to get done in one day. Get one or two things done and be proud of that, knowing that you accomplished something good that day.
Take a minute to breathe. Physically stop yourself from doing anything and literally just sit and breathe for a few minutes. Focus on your breathing and allow your thoughts to drift away for those few precious moments. Also known as meditating, this allows us to bring our thoughts to the present moment and refocus on what is truly important.
How much time do you spend on your phone, watching TV, on the computer? Cut some of that time out of your day. Not only will it free up your time to do something more productive, but it will help limit your intake of information. Media is consumption of information, and not all of it is useful and only takes up space in our already busy minds.
Literally slow down. We’re often in a hurry to make it to our next destination – work, home, the grocery store. When we’re in a hurry, we tend to get it in our heads that something really bad will happen if we don’t make it to our destination by a certain time. But when you slow down and take a second to breathe and think, that stress often goes away.
Take a Break
Sometimes we just need a break. Take a nap. Take a vacation. Do whatever you need to do to relax and recover.