Our minds are often FIlled with mental clutter that can stop us from thinking clearly…
Whether it’s thinking about the work that’s piling up on your desk, or the assignment that’s due tomorrow, or a problem we are facing – the clutter often stops us from doing what we actually need to do: sort it out.
To stop the thoughts from churning, gain clarity and start getting sh*t done, InspireCycle is sharing their top tips for clearing mental clutter in 15 minutes or less.
If your brain is foggy with tiredness, multi-tasking and you’re feeling overwhelmed, you will have decreased cognitive performance. The breathing technique below balances the carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in your body which is out of whack when you’re distracted or rushing to complete a task.
- The 4, 7, 8, Breath: Sit upright with a straight back and place your tongue against the ridge of tissue behind your front teeth while keeping your mouth closed. Inhale through your nose for a count of 4, hold your breath for 7 and exhale completely through your mouth for 8 counts. Repeat these 4 times. Hello clarity!
It’s as simple as dumping the words in your brain onto a page. Writing down your thoughts is a great way to clear space in your head and have them ready to come back to later. Write anything that comes to mind! Spend 15 minutes writing down your minds clutter and feel a weight lift off your shoulders – the more you write = the more clutter cleared! It is a great way to get things off your chest when no one else is around, and will have the same effect as a telephone rant.
CLEAN SPACE = CLEAR MIND
The amount of clutter in your head can also be linked to the clutter around you. Science shows that the more clutter you can see, the more easily distracted you will be. By clearing our work space or bedroom, we are given a sense of accomplishment which translates to motivation to get things done. Spend a quick 15 minutes tidying your personal space and simultaneously tidy your thoughts!
LESSONS LEARNED ANALYSIS
We are all guilty of spending a little too much time thinking about things that have already happened. We all have regrets. The U.S. Army uses this technique to help clear out regret for things that have already happened and improve clarity.
Ask yourself 3 questions:
- What was supposed to happen?
- What actually happened?
- What would I do differently next time?
….and then move on! We can’t change the past – clear your thoughts and learn from the experience.
VISUALISING THE FUTURE
Just like there are people who dwell on the past, there are people who worry about a future that hasn’t happened yet (and there are people who do both). If your mind is full of worry about the future, create a visualisation. Do the breathing exercise as mentioned above and then visualise your answer to the following questions:
- What am I trying to do?
- How do I need to show up to do that?
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