Let’s Get Organised

Giving your brain a quick reboot when you’re feeling stressed or in a slump can help clear your mental backlog, leaving you with a tidier mental workspace and feeling rejuvenated.

If you feel like your brain is a stream of thoughts turning into a chaotic mess, this may be a sign of needing to declutter your headspace.

Much like your bedroom or work desks, our minds need a clean-up now and then. Managing intrusive thoughts and other mental baggage is key to staying focused, and productive, and also reduces stress levels.

 

Practice Mindfulness

 

 

One way to declutter your mind is to train yourself to be more mindful. Practising mindfulness can help you stay in the present and focused on what’s happening around you.

Being present means you can give people your full attention. For example, your coworker is explaining to you how to perform a complicated task—being mindful means not getting distracted by a message on your phone or multitasking while they’re speaking to you.

So how do we practise mindfulness? There are several ways:

 

Focus on sensations

Use your five senses to fully tune in to the experiences of daily life, even if they seem very mundane. If you’re in the shower, pay attention to the feeling of the water on your skin, and the scent of your soaps and shampoos. Or if you’re cycling, focus on the wind on your face, the feeling of your legs pedalling.

 

Focus on your breath

If you start feeling overwhelmed, intentionally slowing your breath can help ground yourself and stay focused in the present. Breathe in slowly, and then out again, for about 10 times.

Breathing slowly helps you consciously slow down and take a minute for yourself, especially when things get very overwhelming and stressful.

 

Transforming Your Thoughts

Fully opening your mind to what you can learn from a given situation can help you maintain concentration and awareness.

Whenever a negative feeling arises, ask yourself what triggered it and why. If you’re centred on the same distracting thought, trace it back to the source to find out why you can’t stop thinking about it.

 

Set Your Priorities

 

 

Prioritising is a great way to proactively take charge of your life. The first step is to figure out what are the things that matter the most to you, your life aspirations and your long-term goals.

As the famous poet Bill Copeland said, “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”

 

Make a to-do list

Writing down what you need to accomplish will help you stay organised. Doing this lets you empty your thoughts on paper, or on your phone as well, and frees up space in your mind.

By writing down, “Make a vet appointment,” that thought will no longer pop into your head every few hours.

 

Keep a journal

Journaling is a great way to relax your mind by analyzing and organizing your thoughts. Expressive writing eliminates intrusive thoughts about negative events and improves working memory.

According to Dr Carla Manly, a clinical psychologist based in California: “Journaling also improves mental health and allows for stress relief, because it can provide a safe space to unload your pent-up thoughts and feelings.”

Writing in a diary or journal. can also help manage anxiety and cope with depression, as it’s a healthy outlet to release bottled emotions, according to a University of Rochester Medical Center report.

You don’t have to be a prolific writer to start a journal. Bullet journaling is one of the easiest techniques to try out.

 

Take Time for Yourself

 

 

Last but not least, take a break! Your brain needs to rest and recharge to perform smoothly. So switch off your phones and laptops and do something that makes you happy.

 

Go for a walk

Changing your environment and getting outside for a walk offers a great opportunity to clear your head and refocus while clocking in some exercise time.

Try brisk walking or any other moderately intense exercise to switch up your regular routine.

 

Declutter your house

Decluttering your physical could help declutter your mind as well. Clutter is stressful and distracting.

Clutter can negatively influence your health and work performance, amongst other things, so improving your physical environment would definitely be a positive contributing factor to help you get rid of your mental mess.

Putting some music on and being completely focused on cleaning is also a great way to take time off for yourself.

 

Make yourself a hearty meal

Cooking for yourself is also a great way of practising self-care and prioritising your life to reduce stress, and is a wonderful pick-me-up.

Treat and pamper yourself by whipping up a delicious and lovely bowl of your favourite comfort food. For example, pasta lovers can try making a hearty bowl of organic pasta topped with some delicious pasta sauce.

Or if you’re trying to eat cleaner and healthier, why not make a delectable and healthy tomato basil salad with organic balsamic vinegar?

 

Healthy Mind, Happy Life

 

 

Your brain may not actually have a restart button, but there are plenty of things you can do to reboot and clear the mess from your mind to stay focused and motivated.

Putting yourself and your mental well-being first should always be your priority. Who doesn’t love taking time off and relaxing every now and then?