On part 1 of this article, we have seen what clutter means. Now let’s see how can we declutter our minds and why this is important.
Why declutter our minds? A cluttered mind is restless and unfocused. It tries to move in many different directions at once and the result is that very little gets done. Mental clutter can include all of the following: worrying about the future, ruminating about the past, keeping a mental to-do list, complaints, etc.
How to declutter our minds
Just like our homes and workplaces, our minds need to regularly be decluttered. Below you have a few ways I find to be efficient when it comes to mental declutter.
Keep A Journal. Journaling is a great way to relax your mind by analyzing and organizing your thoughts. According to this research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, ”expressive writing reduces intrusive and avoidant thoughts about negative events and improves working memory”.
Avoid Multitasking. It might sound counter-productive. In fact, what is known as ‘multi-tasking’ is more accurately described as ‘task-switching’ because the brain isn’t capable of focusing on two serious tasks at the same time. You can read more about this topic in this book – The Mind is Flat . Constant juggling between tasks limits your attention span, increases stress and creates additional clutter by making it difficult for your brain to filter out irrelevant information. A study conducted by Stanford University showed that heavy multitasking lowers efficiency.
Be Decisive: When you constantly put off making decisions, your brain becomes overwhelmed by all the clutter that’s created by those pending decisions. So stop procrastinating.
Limit The Amount Of Media Intake. The media you consume has a huge impact on your mental health. Nowadays we spend hours online: reading blogs, watching viral videos on YouTube, scrolling down on Instagram, etc. According to a study published in 2018, people claimed to spend a total of one day a week online (24 hours), more than twice as much as in 2011, with one in five spending as much as 40 hours a week online.
Take Some Time To Unwind: Last but not least, take a break! Your brain needs to rest and recharge in order to perform smoothly. Go out in nature, go for a walk, take a tech- break, spend some time alone in silence.
Live your best life and start decluttering your mind, gain mental clarity and focus on what really matters.
Leave your comments below if you find this post useful or if you want to share your own tips on how you declutter your mind.
Much love and NAMASTE.