If you read my How to: declutter your home effectively post you will already know that I’m not good with clutter in my home. I much prefer everything to have a place and be neat and tidy. It’s not just my home though, I like a clear mind as well, (don’t we all?) but sometimes that just isn’t where we find ourselves is it. So, for those times where my mind has got all clogged up, (it happens pretty regularly) I have a few tips for how to declutter.
I’m going to share them here because they really work for me so hopefully they will work for you too!
If you have any tips for a clear mind that I haven’t included in my list then please drop a comment onto this post, I would love to hear your tried and tested methods!
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1 – Write it down. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of making lists and this is my first port of call when I have too much racing around my mind. Write everything down, whether that is on paper or a note on your phone, just getting it written down releases it from your mind and helps to form a plan of attack for sorting it all out.
2 – Talk. This one is easier said than done for me because I don’t like the thought of pushing my stress onto somebody else but it really does help. Talk to a friend, family member, your partner, you could even vent to your pet! Getting some stuff off your chest can really help! I also find that as soon as I speak to somebody else they ease my mind and more often than not can help to find a solution. This isn’t always the case though, sometimes there is no solution, but a good old rant can be as therapeutic!
3 – Break it down. We all have those moments where we feel overwhelmed right? My solution to that is to break a task down into smaller chunks so it doesn’t seem quite so scary. Say for example that I’m worried about producing content for my blog. Rather than completely procrastinate because I only have a small window of time I will break the task down and do one part of it. After all one part is closer to completing it than doing nothing at all. Maybe I will just take the photos, or maybe I will just draft post ideas, perhaps I will edit and schedule a couple but not write anything new. By picking just one part and getting that done I already find myself feeling less overwhelmed and closer to success.
4 – Do something fun. Sometimes we just need a bit of time away from all the things that we need to do in order to find the motivation to get them done. Spending some time doing something that you want to do can work wonders! For me personally I find a little time to myself gives me the encouragement I need to push forward.
5 – Be kind to yourself. I’m the first to get annoyed with myself if I feel like I haven’t achieved what I set out to do on a particular day but it really doesn’t help! The more annoyed I get with myself the less motivated and capable I end up feeling. Sometimes things just don’t go to plan, that’s totally okay and completely normal. Don’t dwell on it. See tomorrow as another day to try again.
6 – Look after your mind. By this I mean take some deep breaths, meditate, maybe do a bit of yoga (this one is my go to when I need a bit of stress relief). Whatever works for you that allows you to invite a bit of calm and clarity into your mind will definitely help you to feel more balanced. I have come to realise that nothing is so important that it can’t wait another ten minutes, so if I need that time to switch off with a bit of yoga then I take it because I’m far more productive afterwards! Mental health is as important as physical health in my opinion.
7 – Step outside. Go for a walk, spend some time in your garden or even just stand by an open window. Fresh air can be great for clearing the mind.
8 – Declutter your physical surroundings. I don’t know about you but if the space around me is cluttered then my mind feels even more clogged up! If I spend five minutes having a quick tidy up I feel happier in my mind and much less overwhelmed.
9 – Be strong. This is another one that I struggle with. I find it difficult to accept that I cant do it all but I can’t, nobody can actually! Sometimes you have to be strong and refuse something that you simply don’t have the time to do. Think of it less as letting somebody down and more of not letting yourself down.
10 – Prioritise. Remember I said at the beginning to write everything down? Well, have a look over that and prioritise it all. I find that when I do this I realise that so much of what was on my mind is actually not urgent and can linger on my to do list instead. Realising this will instantly make me feel calmer and less overwhelmed. Give it a try, I bet you will find that a chunk of things that had you worried will very quickly seem less frightening.
11 – Be proud of yourself. Rather than focus on what you haven’t done, focus instead on what you have achieved and take pride in that. Give yourself a little reward, even if it’s something as small as enjoying a coffee and a chapter of your book. Self care really helps to ease the mind and prompt positive thoughts which in turn will help increase productivity. This results in a smaller to do list and a clearer mind…happy days!
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What do you think about the tips that I have shared? Are there any that you already follow or any that you think you will try out? Let me know!
Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!
Until the next time…Jess x