Got a lot on your mind? Here are some tips to declutter your thoughts:

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Got a lot on your mind? Here are some tips to declutter your thoughts:

By: Tori Glaude

The month of May is always a good time to begin spring cleaning your home, but what impact does it have on you mentally?

Decluttering your mind is a form of spring cleaning. With so much going on in the world, there are so many unnecessary things that keep us distracted from using our positive energy and being productive. So how can we change the narrative? Here are a few ways you can get some thoughts off your mind:

Take time away from the phone

Yes, I know it may feel impossible, but here me out first. Taking some time away from your phone will not only help you be more productive, it will be a strong aid in redirecting your thoughts. Start with one hour a day, and see if you can challenge yourself to a little more time each day.

What is sis bringing to the table?

Saying “no” to people or things that aren’t aligned with your short-term goals will help you in your process of decluttering your thoughts. Re-evaluate your support system, and see how much a difference that will make. It’s so easy to get caught up in gossip and everyday stressors, but finding like-minded friends will help you become the best version of yourself!

Focus on what matters now

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." –Buddha

Do you know what gives me peace of mind when I'm getting anxious over different things in my life? In five years (maybe in three years), most of the things that worry me now will NOT matter. Remembering this can be a useful tool when you find yourself feeling guilty.

Here are some of the goals that mattered five years ago but that I no longer stress about: getting through college, buying my first car, passing my accounting class, losing weight, writing a book, becoming a television producer, oh the list goes on and on. If you're anything like how I was, a constant worrier, you'll find that one of the hardest things to do is to stop dwelling on the future so much and to live in present time.

That was in 2013; fast-forward to 2018 and, while I may not feel as though I have accomplished a lot, I actually have accomplished most of the things I wanted five years ago. In addition, focusing on the present helps you allocate your time and money to positive things. There is no need to hang with random people or do things just because you don't have anything else better to do. You can set the tone for how you want to spend the next twenty-four hours. Alleviating the pressure from worrying about yesterday or tomorrow gives you time to plan ahead and make changes. What is it that you can do today that can help you have a better tomorrow? What can you do that will make a difference in your career or life outside work? Work through these questions.

Try purposeful activities

Deep-breathing exercises can you help you relax and clear your mind. It’s also good for the heart, blood pressure, and meditation. Other meaningful exercises that you can do are: practicing self-reflection, writing down the things you need to do in a planner, exercising/yoga and talking about the things that you want to get off your mind.

Quieting the voices in your head takes time some time, but it becomes easier the more you practice it. It’s important to remind yourself that you can overcome any challenge and beat those negative thoughts.