How to Declutter a Stressed Out Brain in a Stressful Life

To effectively declutter your mind, you need to be aware of what thoughts and feelings are spending too much time there. Shutterstock

3. To increase your focus, try practicing mindfulness. 

When there is an overload of information running through your mind, you can quickly feel disorganized and chaotic. You may struggle with where to start to declutter and organize your thoughts. One way to do so is by practicing mindfulness. That requires you to give your undivided attention to whatever you are doing at that particular moment. It requires you to be aware of your thoughts and emotions but at the same time, not reacting or judging them.

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If you choose to be pay attention to what you are doing, you can be more alive in the moment. Whether you are going for a walk or doing the dishes, you can enjoy it. If you are more present, you are more likely to take pleasure in what you are doing because you are not focusing on things you are not doing. Practicing mindfulness can improve the efficiency of your mind. This exercise can help you get to the point of being more productive in the task at hand rather than allowing a constant cycle of worrying. Like anything else, the more you practice mindfulness, the more natural it will become for the future.

The average person can spend up to four hours a day on their phones, laptops, or tablets scrolling through social media. Shutterstock

2. Try decluttering your mind and body by limiting the amount of social media you allow yourself to access each day.

The media you consume or scroll can have a profound impact on your mental health. Many people spend hours a day on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. After a long day, scrolling too much can contribute to the chaos that is already cluttering your mind. Companies have instilled innovative algorithms that take control of our dopamine-driven desires. However, it’s essential to be aware of how much time you spend partaking in these activities. Your mind is swarmed with sensory information all day, every day. The overabundance of data can increase your stress levels and contribute to anxiety by creating a psychological impact of loneliness and fear of missing out.

 

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Social media can be a great thing if used in moderation; however, it also adds more brain clutter and can harm your mental health. There are several options for limiting your social media access. For instance, if you have an iPhone, you can monitor the amount of time you spend on specific applications. If you currently spend much time on social media, start by setting a realistic limit and then lower it each week until you achieve your goal time. Be selective about what you choose to consume. Avoid harmful content and unreliable sources of information.

Doctors directly link physical activity to your mental well-being. Spending some physical energy can help you to clear your mind. Shutterstock

1. Exercise has a wide range of benefits, but being physically fit is vital to your brain’s current and future health. 

Your mind can benefit from exercise in the same capacity that your body can. Studies have shown that regular exercise can aid in decreasing anxiety and depression. There are no rules or guidelines to which exercise you should partake in or for how long. Choose an activity that interests you and spend a designated time per day, maybe 30 minutes, burning some physical energy. Exercising has many benefits for your health. It causes the release of endorphins, which are the feel-good hormones in your body. When your physical body feels sharp, your mind will follow.

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Regular exercise can help you concentrate and feel mentally competent for any task thrown your way. It also gives you a set amount of time to focus on exercising rather than the cluster of thoughts that may be racing in your mind. A walk or run will help your body feel refreshed and ready to tackle what the rest of the day presents. Exercise leads to the formation of new brain cells called neurogenesis. Those who exercise consistently are not only able to declutter their minds but are also able to better focus on each task. 

Sources:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nomanazish/2017/11/19/how-to-declutter-your-mind-10-practical-tips-youll-actually-want-to-try/?sh=22f3880c24f1

https://chopra.com/articles/15-ways-to-declutter-your-mind

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10aMUcHJ33HpUqXGfdM01ipmbvEPemFprcFHvIX5RT64/edit?usp=sharing

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