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Whether you’re young or old, you’ve probably noticed that your mind can feel like it’s cluttered with too much information at times. It can be overwhelming, and it can impact how you focus during the day and how much work you can get done whether it’s a job or at school. Fortunately, you can follow a few strategies to declutter your mind so that you can begin to think clearly once again.
While breathing deeply in and out of your mouth might seem like something that you would do at a doctor’s office, it’s a technique that can help to clear your mind. First, take some deep breaths so that you can clear your lungs. Then, create a mental image of the air entering your nose and coming out of your mouth. This will allow you to focus on something else besides what’s on your mind.
Journal Your Thoughts
One way to express what you’re thinking about without others knowing is to write in a journal. Update your journal each day or at least a few times a week, jotting down some of the concerns that you have and some of the things that make you happy. When you see your thoughts written down on paper, it makes it easier to see what you can change in life and what is really bothering you instead of what you have no control over.
Get Enough Sleep
When you’re going through your day after only a few hours of sleep each night, it can be hard to think clearly. Your mind is exhausted from a lack of sleep, which can decrease your focus on the tasks that you perform each day. When you begin to slow down at work or at school, it can have an impact on your success, which further clutters your mind as you begin thinking about the consequences that might ensue. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night as the various sleep cycles help to rebuild your energy and clear your mind. Use this sleep calculator to help you find what time you should go to bed or wake up based on your bedtime.
Take time to slow down in life. Pause. Go for a walk with your family. Shorten the list of things that you have to do during the day. Try to let go of some of the negative feelings that you have in your mind. Take time for yourself instead of trying to do so many things for other people. Once you begin to focus on you, then your mind will begin to follow suit. Delegate some of your tasks to someone else. Decide what you really need to say yes to so you can choose your no when needed. Don’t feel like you must say yes to everyone and everything. I am still learning that one, myself. You can’t pour from an empty cup, as the saying goes.
Which will you try first? Let me know your thoughts.