Clear Your Mental Clutter



Develop An Open Mind To Clear Mental Clutter?


Many adults have a hard time slowing down their brains. Thoughts often come at whirlwind speed, and it can be hard to concentrate on the tasks at hand when so many other ideas are floating around in the brain. I call this "mental clutter."


Often, mental clutter is made up of worries and bad feelings. (Very few people get overwhelmed by the number of positive thoughts in their heads!) Regrets of the past and concerns about the future can easily overshadow the present moment. Self-doubt can also take up a lot of space in mind. When excessive thoughts take over in the brain, it can be stressful, upsetting, and sometimes even paralyzing.


The best way to clear this mental clutter is to process the thoughts with an open mind rather than letting them swim around in your brain. Doing so will allow you to focus on the present moment and feel calmer and more centered.


The following methods have proven very helpful in clearing mental clutter.


1. Write

A great way to clear mental clutter is to transfer the thoughts from your brain onto paper. You can do this in the form of a to-do list, an email to a supportive person in your life, or a journal entry. When the thoughts are recorded, there is no need for your brain to hold on to them.


Additionally, if you feel weighed down by a situation (like an argument with a family member), writing about it can help you process your feelings. You can better grip the events, how you feel, and what you might have done differently. A page or two might be all it takes.


2. Talk

Many people with overthinking brains are "verbal processors." This means that we often work through thoughts and feelings by talking them out. It helps to have an objective person to talk to, mirror your thoughts and talk them out with you. However, the very act of talking is often what does the trick, so having someone to talk to is not always necessary. Many people find that talking into a tape recorder suits their needs. Others talk to plants or animals.


3. Move

Some people can clear mental clutter by moving. Something as simple as a 10-minute walk can give the brain a needed jolt. Others may find that they feel free of extraneous thoughts after a visit to the gym. The time alone combined with the physical activity proves to be a successful formula for some adults to work through their mental clutter.


It is best to experiment with the different methods and see which works best for you in the other areas of your life. The critical thing to know is that with a bit of time-out, you can clear mental clutter!


Develop Self-Improvement Skills


Not everyone believes this, but the emotional and mental aspects of a person, when combined, lead to better self-improvement.


Emotions love to dominate our actions and reactions, even though we do not want it to happen sometimes. But unfortunately, society often sees emotions as a sign of weakness, so people are used to putting them aside and focusing on the rational aspects more and more.


No matter how strict and logical you may be, you will always have feelings. But, one way or another, someone or something will get through you.


Incorporate Positive Emotions


Positive emotions are a lifelong goal for many of us concerned about emotional health and self-improvement. What is more important; the amount of money you made during your life or the times you laughed out of sheer joy?


People tend to put their positive emotions behind their negative feelings. This is one of the biggest problems that people will face in their lives.


There is no clear way to ignore a negative experience and replace it with a positive one. But, unfortunately, life does not work that way.


For example, when you were a child, if your goldfish dies, you would be heartbroken. Then, of course, your parents will probably buy you another goldfish, but the sorrow is still there.


Adulthood Bring Greater Challenges


Things get even more complex when you become an adult. A fight with your spouse the night before will affect your entire day. You will go to work angry, tired, and your mind will wander. On the way home from work, you will not notice the sun shining, and you would not be tempted to stop at a roadside stand to pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables.


All this because that one negative thought has contaminated the way you perceive the reality around you.


At this moment, you will realize finding a safe place to relax your mind will do wonders for your emotional and mental improvement.


That place is relatively easy to find. It can be an actual place or an imaginary location in that you can lose yourself in.


Let us say you have a problem on your mind, and it just would not go away. Plant some flowers. Look for some new recipes. Just give it a shot.


Get caught up in what you are doing. Then, your mind will drift away from the negative thoughts that dominated your last hours or days and start processing a whole new kind of information.


Discovering Your Safe Place


A safe place can take many forms. It can be a song, a movie, even a person or animal. The main thing is to allow yourself to get completely involved with this new activity.


You might still get flashes of the problem now and then. Just ignore it and get even more absorbed in what you are doing?


When the flowers are planted, the recipes are chosen, the song is sung, or the movie ends, you will abruptly return to reality. The problem still exists. You will probably want to retreat to a safe place. However, you still must face the problem.


The safe place exists only as a helping hand, not as a solution to your life's problems, may it be small or big. It serves only as an escape route.


You will return from your safe zone with an increased energy level. You will feel better about yourself and gain more confidence. You will see that any issue can be resolved.


This is how a small escape from a harsh reality can increase your emotional and mental health. Try to do this often, and you are on your way to better self-improvement.


Pat Bracy

Embracing Healthy Aging


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