4 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Mind and Experience Peace Right Away

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4 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Mind and Experience Peace Right Away

By: Shante Grossett

Lately, there’s been a trend towards minimalism, owning less, and de-cluttering our physical spaces. And honestly, I think that’s great. I’m so glad that society as a whole is finally waking up to the truth that we don’t need all the “stuff” the world offers us. It’s good that we’re beginning to recognize that we don’t have to go out shopping every time our favorite store announces a huge sale. But, did you know that de-cluttering our minds is just as, if not more, important than de-cluttering our physical spaces?

Our minds are the center of everything we do, and our attitudes, thoughts, and actions flow from it. If our minds are cluttered with unnecessary “stuff,” we can find ourselves stressed out, anxious, tired, and overwhelmed. On the flip-side, de-cluttering our minds can lead to peace and contentment in our hearts. If you struggle with any of the things I just mentioned, don’t worry. I can share some simple steps you can take to start de-cluttering your mind right away.

MAKE A LIST OF ALL YOUR PRIORITIES AND OBLIGATIONS

First, I would recommend sitting down and making a list of all your priorities and obligations. Sometimes, we fail to realize how harmful all the unnecessary commitments we take on might be for our mental health. You can be involved in only good things and still end up experiencing mental burn out. The problem is, there’s only so much we can physically take on. You might not think you have a limit, but you do. And, just because everything hasn’t exploded into complete chaos yet doesn’t mean that you’re not over your limit.

After you make your list, ask yourself these questions for each commitment:

Do I enjoy this?

Is it absolutely necessary?

Does it serve a purpose? If so, what purpose?

Am I the only one who can do this? Or can I pass this task off to someone else?

Do I need to give my attention to it in this season? Or can I come back to it in another season?

Does it encourage me or others around me?

Will I regret letting this go in the next few weeks? Six months? Year?

REFRAIN FROM MULTITASKING AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.

I know, I’m so guilty of this too. I’ll be running to catch my train, texting back a friend, listening to a motivational podcast, and scrolling on Instagram all at the same time. The last time I did this, I ended up on a train from Grand Central to Connecticut instead of the local one to the suburbs in Westchester. I really wanted to be upset but I couldn't. I knew it was my own fault. So, I sat on that train for an extra hour and listened to the lesson God was teaching me through my actions that day. I needed to slow down. I couldn’t do everything and I certainly couldn’t do it all at once.

So please, stop multitasking. Or, at least, don’t do it as much. You can probably get away with balancing one task that takes up a lot of your focus with another that requires less attention. For example, you can cook and listen to a podcast at the same time. Different parts of your mind are being occupied by each of those tasks.

KEEP A JOURNAL WITH YOU EVERYWHERE YOU GO

Call me the notebook girl because I have a journal for everything. I have a few that I use at home and a mini one that I take with me to write down ideas I get on the go. I used to write down ideas in my phone when they came to me, and I still do sometimes, but I’ve found that using a physical journal is so much better than using your phone. Why? Your phone houses countless distractions just waiting to steal your attention away. You might open your phone to write a note and then get so distracted by Facebook that you forget your idea altogether.

So, definitely keep a journal. Write down your ideas, your thoughts, your feelings, everything. When you get it on paper, it no longer occupies as much space in your mind. Personally, I love the Leuchtturm 1917 journals from amazon. They’re affordable and the paper quality is incredible. I also love that they have a dot matrix grid instead of traditional lines. For some reason, I can’t get around to using lined journals.

TAKE AT LEAST 20 MINUTES OF EACH DAY TO REST MINDFULLY

Finally, I would recommend that you take some time away from your obligations each day. Take at least twenty minutes of each day to unwind and intentionally rest. You need time to yourself to process the activities from the day. When you’re constantly going and doing without taking time to rest, your mind gets filled up. If you don’t give it an outlet to release all of those things, you’ll be left feeling exhausted, stressed, and anxious.

Well, I hope those tips were helpful and that you begin putting them into practice right away. De-cluttering your physical space is super important, but your mind comes before that. There’s no reason for our minds to be so filled up that we’re left stressed out. To keep this from happening and to help reset when if it does, consider choosing obligations carefully, avoiding multitasking, journaling, and taking time to unwind.