8 Ways to Declutter Your Mind: Tips to Help You Unwind

I’d like to keep an excerpt of this article from Good Housekeeping (Jan-Feb 2007) so I can go back to it when I need some help to declutter my mind.. hope you can make use of this too.

1. Stick to a natural sleep schedule.
Try to align your schedule more closely to nature. (If you feel sleepy, then you should be hitting the sheets…)

2. Turn off the TV.
Emotionally draining or violent programs provoke turbulent thoughts which result to insomnia, indigestion, and headaches.

3. Download your internal conversation.
Keep a journal  by your bedside. Unload anything that’s agitating you from the day that has passed, and anything you’re concerned about. (This one works for me!)

4. Create a musical pharmacy for yourself.
Listening to  mellow music jibes with the unwinding of your mind and body, and enables your brain patterns to remain steady. A slower beat stimulates the right hemisphere of the brain – the area that’s in charge of order, balance, and peace – and will evoke a temporary forgetfulness, allowing you to slip away from your problems. (Doesn’t work for me when I’m emotional because music triggers my emotions and cause havoc in my mind. Haha.)

5. Tune in to your body.
Pay attention to physical sensations to quiet your overactive thought process
a. Listen to the sounds around you.
b. Concentrate on your body, feel your feet rubbing against the sheets. Focus on the passage of your room and your own body. “Continue observing the inflow and outflow of your breath, and it’ll bring you into the now. Staying in the present relaxes your body and mind,” says Dr. David Simon (a neurologist).

6. Look within. Get in touch with your emotions.
Get in touch with your emotions. “If sadness wells up, allow yourself to feel it without resistance, ” says Simon. “If you feel anger, let it move through your body and release it with your exhalations. Negative feelings that aren’t fully expressed will continue to haunt and upset you. Acknowledge them and let go.

7. Envision another world.
Mental anguish often stems from the belief that we’re living in circumstances that we can’t free ourselves from. (Imagine another world where you have complete control.)

8. Meditate.
Lie comfortably, close your eyes, and observe your breath. As you’re inhaling, silently say “hum…” (This works for me too… )

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