Declutter Your Mind
No one has ever claimed they had a mind that was too clear and peaceful. We’d all like to feel less cluttered and more peaceful and relaxed.
Decluttering your mind is largely the result of decluttering other aspects of your life.
We tend to put too many burdens on our minds, but there’s a more effective way to live. With a few simple hacks, you can reduce the load on your mind and give it the peace it craves.
Add serenity to your life with these techniques:
1. Remove the challenging people from your life. There are people that take up a lot of space in your brain. Some of those people are optional in your life, and you might not even like them! Why are you keeping them around?
Be willing to let go of the people that take more time and effort than they’re worth to you.
2. Remove unnecessary activities from your life. This could be committees you serve on, sports teams you play on, or going out on Thursday nights. Maybe you’re taking accordion lessons but realize that you’re not enjoying it that much. Cut these activities out of your life and gain the gift of time.
3. Declutter your environment. Your mind and inner peace are affected by your environment. This includes your home, workspace, and anywhere else you spend a significant amount of time. Have you ever noticed how nice it feels when your home is clean? You can feel that way all of the time.
4. Meditate. Meditation might be the ultimate way to declutter your mind and enjoy inner peace. Meditation is very simple but challenging to do well. However, it's possible to receive many benefits from meditation even if you’re a beginner.
There are many resources online that can teach you the basics of meditation.
Twenty minutes of meditation each day can change your life and bring inner peace.
5. Write things down. Trying to remember things puts a huge load on your mind. You can never truly relax when you have to remember to do something. Write things down and use alarms. Knowing that something else will keep track of your obligations for you will allow your mind to relax.
6. Mono-task. Forget about multitasking. It's ineffective and creates stress. Limit yourself to one task at a time. You'll feel better and get much more accomplished.
Try it for a day. Do one task at a time and focus all of your attention on that task. Notice how much better you feel while working and at the end of the day.
7. Make fewer decisions. The fewer decisions you have to make each day, the more inner peace you'll feel.
For example, limiting your wardrobe makes it easier to figure out what to wear each day. Even better, pick out your outfit for the following day before you go to bed.
You can eat the same healthy breakfast each morning.
Look for ways to minimize the number of decisions you have to make.
8. Get enough sleep. Notice how cluttered your mind feels after a poor night of sleep. Experiment to determine the proper amount of sleep your mind and body need each night.
9. Limit your exposure to the news and social media. The news and social media will drive you crazy if you spend too much time consuming them. It's important to stay aware of what's happening in the world, but you don't have to bombard yourself with negative information day and night.
Treat your mind like you would an injured body part. You would reduce the amount of work it has to do and treat it gently. Most of us ask our minds to do more than it was designed to do.
Use the tools in your MAP Journal to give your mind a break and gain the peace you crave.