Wisdomology

DE-CLUTTERING YOUR MIND

DE-CLUTTERING YOUR MIND

“Having a clear mind and a clear space allows you to think and act with purpose.”
-Ericka Oppenheimer

Stop what you’re doing for a second. Close your eyes and listen to your mind. Do you hear non-stop chattering that just won’t shut up even if you want it to?

If so, you’re not alone. The human mind is always full of thoughts, both negative and positive. Especially in this day and age when we have a thousand distractions, all via smart devices.

Personally, I’ve been trying to find techniques that’ll help me declutter my mind for a while now. Though none have proven definitive, some make more of a difference than others.

In the last 10 days or so, I’ve researched a few techniques that I haven’t tried yet but am eager too. So rather than make this a review article, I thought why don’t I list what I’ve found here and follow up in the future.

If you’re having trouble decluttering your mind, maybe you can try them as well and we can all compare notes together in the near future.

  1. BE IN THE PRESENT. This technique comes from Aleksandra Slijepcevic, a writer and a certified yoga instructor. When you’re overwhelmed with thoughts, bring yourself to the present by saying out loud “I am in [your location], stressed by the clutter in my mind.” What does this accomplish? When you say it out loud, both your conscious and subconscious mind are forced to acknowledge the situation. The more that happens, the less likely you are to keep it in your mind because you’ve given it its 15 minutes of fame by saying it out loud.
  2. TAKE A WALK AND FORM A BEAT WITH YOUR FOOTSTEPS. This is recommended in several articles I read by qualified therapists. When you go for a walk, start timing your footsteps to a beat. This is an ideal distraction because you’ll be forced to start counting, thereby suppressing all other thoughts.
  3. BOX BREATHING. This is another technique recommended Slijepcevic. Box breathing is basically taking a bunch of breaths and timing them so your inhaling and exhaling is of the sane duration. For example, breathing in for 10 seconds followed by breathing out for the same. This activates your parasympathetic system which is responsible for your body’s rest and digestion.
  4. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, WRITING. I’ve written about the benefits of writing in countless articles so I won’t dwell too much on this point. Simply put, physically writing out your thoughts gives them a well-deserved platform that in part, takes it away from the mind to be on paper.

The key thing in the above or any other techniques you try, is consistency.

Remember, quick fixes never work when it comes to dealing with mental health issues. No matter what you do, your mind has to become acclimated to it before responding to it.

What do you do to declutter your mind? Do you think the aforementioned techniques have a chance of helping? Why or why not? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

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