Anything going on in your mind can become mind clutter. It often starts very simple and innocent, like remembering to pay your bills, catching up on laundry, getting the kids to soccer practice, and running errands over the weekend. Unfortunately, the clutter adds up very quickly, to where you start to become stressed and overwhelmed.
Suddenly, you have a chronic headache, you may have mysterious body aches, you might having trouble eating or sleeping, and your anxiety may seem to be building. This is all the result of too much stress, which can be the result of too much mind clutter.
If this sounds like you, here are 5 easy ways you can start reducing the mind clutter.
#1 Be Aware Of Negative Thoughts
This can sometimes be the hardest part of decluttering your mind, since it is so easy to have a negative thought process. It might seem counter-intuitive, but thinking negative thoughts is often much easier than positive thoughts. However, if you want to get all that clutter and overwhelm and stress out of your mind, you need to start thinking more positively.
This starts with stopping being disappointed with yourself or life situation, living with guilt, and feeling sorry for yourself. What has already happened cannot be undone, so all you can do now is acknowledge it and move forward it. Instead of telling yourself you can’t do something, think of a way you can. Obstacles can be advantages, depending on your frame of mind. Examine your perspective and goals. Find ways to have confidence in yourself and your own abilities, and suddenly that clutter in your mind changes. Believe that you are valuable and can do great things.
#2 De-clutter Your Home and Workspace
If you want to clear the clutter in your mind, you may also need to clear the clutter in your home and/or workspace. Physical clutter can often cause too much stimulation, and ultimately lead to more stress and overwhelm in your life.
Look around you in the areas where you spend your time, and see if there is a way to reduce the physical clutter. Organize your belongings, clean out your fridge, make sure your bedroom is simply decorated without laundry everywhere, and clean out your car. A clutter-free workspace can be a inspirational place for you to concentrate on work and the task at hand. Try removing or organizing just one or two things in your space and see how small changes can make a big difference.
#3 Write It Down
If you want to declutter your mind, you need to get all of those thoughts, worries, stresses, and feelings out of your head. Start writing everything down, any time you are trying to work through something. Have a to-do list in your head? Write it down! Worried about something coming up? Write it in your journal! Concerned you might miss an appointment? Set a reminder in your phone!
You can also try a big brain dump, where you just write down anything and everything in your journal. This allows you to get all the thoughts out of your head and actually make sense of them. Do these as often as you need to in order to get rid of all the mind clutter.
It is virtually impossibly to never worry about anything and have everything perfectly organized and neat all the time. However, you can start setting priorities with what you deal with on your own, and what you delegate or choose to skip entirely.
You are only one person, so if you find that a lot of your thoughts and worries aren’t even your own, or are not the most important things in your life, then it is time to let some of them go.
Set priorities for yourself, your job, and your home life. For example, if your family is first, then even though you want to help out a friend, you might not have the time and energy to do it. Write down a list of things you have going on or what you have been thinking about, then put them in order of highest to lowest priority. Give yourself permission to not do everything “right now” that the world is demanding of you.
#5 Acknowledge Your Own Abilities
Don’t let your own self-doubt take up space in your mind! When you think more positively, gain confidence, and understand your own abilities, you will be able to tackle some of these projects you have been dreaming about for so long. Try starting your day acknowledging 3 things you a grateful for and 3 amazing things about yourself.