Mental clutter is one of the worst clutters you can have. I’m not sure about you, but when I have a cluttered mind, my life is chaos. I get overwhelmed, stressed out, I forget things, I’m cranky and just honestly feel like crap which then results in relationship problems, problems while I'm working at everything just seems to go wrong.
Take a moment to remember the last time you cleaned out your kitchen cupboards or bathroom and how amazing you felt when you knew exactly where everything was, you chucked out a heap of stuff you never use and it was super tidy. Remember how relaxing that was? Imagine if you felt like that instead of feeling overwhelmed and stressed out.
Just like your kitchen or bathroom, your mind needs a tidy up every now and again too, here are some of my top tips to keeping a clear and tidy mind!
Researchers say that journaling daily can help ease stress, anxiety and depression. If you currently journal than I’m sure you can agree that it definitely helps, but if you don’t journal yet, now is the perfect time to start!
I love using pretty journals, but honestly, any scrap paper will work too. Just grab your journal or paper and start writing. It doesn’t have to be about anything specific, just write. My favourite way to journal is to brain dump, where I write literally anything that comes to mind, half of the time it doesn’t even make sense, but it gets it out of my head and onto paper.
♡ Declutter your physical space
Where there is mental clutter, there is usually physical clutter. Being surrounded by physical clutter will continue to signal to your brain that there is something to be done, which is usually because there is always more to do (laundry to put away, bills on the fridge to pay or your kid's toys to put away).
Tidy up your physical space and you'll be feeling a lot better.
It’s that simple. Each time you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed out and you think your brain may explode, step back from whatever you are doing and just breathe. Take four very deep and long breaths. Then, take a few minutes to focus on your breathing, feel the air go into your lungs and back out of your mouth.
I have multiple to-do lists - right now, I literally have 11 – because I wear so many hats across multiple businesses and run a household and usual family things to organise and do. Some may call my life hectic, but honestly, it’s not. Because I prioritise.
Each to-do list has anywhere between 3-14 things on it. Each day I focus on one particular to-do list and I prioritise what needs to be done that day.
For example, today I knew I had to pack my orders (for my lingerie business), write a blog (like I am right now) and I had to do daycare drop off and pickup. They were the top three things I had to get done. But, I also had multiple other things on there to do (load of laundry, stock orders, accounting). That doesn’t mean I won’t get to those things, but it means that if I don’t do them today, then that’s ok. What isn’t ok, is forgetting to pick my son up from daycare because I was hanging out laundry.. See the reason for prioritising?!
♡ Limit the amount of information going in
I LOVE podcasts. Honestly, I could listen to them all day long. I only listen to self-development podcasts so they have literally changed my life, but there are times where I am able to take in new information and when I can’t.
Every time I journal, write a blog, play with my son or do my accounting, I can’t listen to a podcast because my focus needs to be on something else. If I try to listen to a podcast while I’m doing my accounts, I’m almost certain my brain would explode. On the other hand, I can easily listen to a podcast while I’m in the shower or going for a walk.
Make sure you’re choosing appropriate times for new information.
♡ Have a solid routine
My last tip is to have a solid morning routine. Starting your day by knowing exactly what to do and when to do it will start your day off with a clear mind, mostly because you’re running on auto-pilot and don’t need to make those decisions. Depending upon what’s in your morning routine, you can get a whole heap of your tasks ticked off for the day before it even begins!
I’ve also got an incredible e-book running through morning routines. You can download it here.
I hope this blog post helps you to start living your best life with a clear mind!
Certified Counsellor & Mental Health Coach