National Simplify Your Life Week runs through the first week of August every year. This week takes the idea of Spring Cleaning a step further by focusing on decluttering your home and your mind. The ladies of Friday Frivolity will be sharing their thoughts on decluttering to celebrate. Today I’m sharing 5 tips to declutter your mind.
1. Do Less
If you’re someone who generally says “yes” to every bake sale, door to door salesman or coworker’s request for help then lightening your load could help you declutter you life. Chronic people pleasers can sometimes feel overwhelmed, frustrated or even resentful at how many tasks they’ve taken on. Learning to say no can give you more time to focus on things that make you happy. The less the do, the less that’ll gnaw at your mind.
2. Take a Walk
Getting fresh air can help clear your thoughts if something is troubling you. Walking is especially great because it can get you to focus on your breathing. Walking meditation is one of my favorite forms of meditation. Any time spent in nature has a calming effect on most people. You can find a wooded path at your local park or even spend time at a fountain.
Journaling is a wonderful way to get thoughts off your mind. Spend ten minutes a day writing down whatever you’ve been thinking about for the day. If something negative is nagging you resolve to write it down and not think about it again. You can also use your journal to track things you need to get done to relieve anxiety about not remembering something important
4. Adjust Your Sleep
Oftentimes we don’t get enough sleep. Light from our devices can interfere with our natural ability to fall asleep and anxious thoughts about all we need to get done can keep our minds racing. Try keeping a log of how much sleep you get each night to see if there could be an improvement. Keeping your room dark without any devices and following a bedtime routine are simple ways to improve your sleep at night.
This is the simplest of all the tips. Learn to be mindful of your breathing for stressful situations and for everyday moments to decompress throughout the day. You can dedicate a special time of day to meditate or just learn a few breathing exercises for when you need them.
Have you ever tried to declutter your life or mind? What have you tried?
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