1. Show gratitude.
An awful lot happens inside our heads every second, every minute, every day, it can seem like a million thoughts but just how many have any real importance or relevance? Furthermore how many have the power to contribute to a negative experience of life? That silly thing you said a week ago, the time you were late for a meeting yesterday, even did I put enough mascara on this morning? – all are essentially redundant, are in the past and can’t be changed, have no consequence unless you let them. Maybe in that realisation, here is space to consider other thoughts that in themselves can produce positivity and for me gratitude is up there with the best of them. Be grateful for every day and build time into your schedule to think about the amazing people you know and the amazing life you have been given. Just making a mental (or physical) list of all the things you are grateful for can’t but help paint a different picture in your head and leave you feeling more positive.
Everyone sort of knows that exercise makes you feel better but I think it goes further than that. For me it really does help to de-clutter my mind. I am not suggesting that going to the gym or spending your evenings doing weights is a prerequisite, rather finding something energetic that you enjoy and building that into your routine. Exercise helps to make your body function better and that in itself leads to better sleep, energy levels and a hundred other functions not to say how it may help your body aesthetically. Exercise can counterbalance what went wrong in your day, even just a half an hours walk in the park can help to clear away some of the mental rubbish and leave you feeling better for what’s to come.
3. Get your priorities in order.
It’s importance to have a clear sight of your goals and priorities. If you are worrying or stressing about something that isn’t on your priority list you are probably wasting time and energy unnecessarily. Have a realistic idea in your head of what is and isn’t important to you and what’s worth spending time on or not. With that, I have found it is much easier to evaluate situations and concentrate time on what is ultimately going to be beneficial.
4. Let go
Let go of things that aren’t important. The way I see it is we all have only a certain amount of energy and energy wasted on negative things can’t then be used on positive things. Take a deep breath and say to whatever bit of negativity is playing in your mind ‘Thank you but goodbye I am letting you go’ and then replace that thought with something delicious.
5. Have balance.
It is easy to concentrate and focus too much time on any single thing. The result being that our minds get swamped and we end up not being able to see the woods for the trees. Make sure you schedule in time to do what makes you happy and the things in your life that you really enjoy. Life is all about balance and a balanced life is always a lot more productive. I say this from experience, sometimes I get way too obsessive over planning out my Instagram feed to the point when I am no longer productive and I just start to get down and frustrated. Allocating time to other and different activities means your work can be that much more productive and then you can come back refreshed and ready to go again.
Hopefully, there is something here that might be helpful. We all need to declutter our minds at some point and maybe just reading through these few points might help to give that little push in making it happen.