There really are ways that you can clear your mind.
And you may want to if you answer Yes to these questions:
Do you have too many thoughts and ideas going through your mind and are overwhelmed and stressed out?
Are you anxious and stress because you just can’t stop the constant swirling of thoughts?
Are you unable to think straight while doing your normal daily activities or even worse, while trying to finish projects and do your work?
The good news is …
We are in control of our minds.
And, we can remove the unnecessary noise, so we can think clearly.
So without further ado….
Here are 5 ways to clear your mind!
1. Decide Whether These Thoughts Are Necessary
Stop, take a breath, and ask yourself this question:
Are these thoughts essential to your daily functioning?
If not, say so. Say it out loud. Say it clearly.
“These thoughts are not necessary for my daily functioning”
Now you can let go of them.
Alex Lluch, author of Secrets to Love Life and Be Happy , recommends that you take 15 minutes a day to focus on new things.
This means you can use your morning meditation time to decide what you will think about throughout the day.
First you become fully aware of the thoughts that are swirling in your mind. You clarify each one. While you’re
thinking that single thought you ask yourself these questions:
Is this my responsibility to take care of? If the answer is yes, then ask yourself …
- Can I do anything about it now?
If the answer is no, then say to yourself …
- This is not my responsibility, therefore I will let it go so someone else can take care of it.
Take a deep breath and as you breathe out think about letting go of that thought on that breath. As you breathe in, think about simply being free.
2. Figure Out The Root Issue
Sometimes, what we’re thinking about isn’t really the problem.
For instance, we may be angry at someone for not keeping their promise. If we look a bit deeper we may realize that we aren’t angry at the breaking of a promise. We’re angry because we now need to change our schedule and do the work ourselves. This doesn’t excuse the other person. Instead, it puts the issue into perspective and makes it much easier to deal with. Now you can let go of the anger and the thoughts associated with the incident.
So, it’s not about trying to stop these thoughts. It’s about identifying why these thoughts are occurring.
3. Walk Away From Your Stressors
Sometimes we just have to walk away. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it?Well, it is.
We need to take a break and come back when we’re ready to focus on the problem or stressors and deal with it.
Walking away for a moment or two gives us time to calm down, breathe, relax, and clear our minds. The result is that when we come back to the stressors or problem, we see it more clearly and are able to address. If it is work related, we also are more productive when we are able to use this tactic.
Stephen Fabick, EdD, clinical and consulting psychologist in private practice in Birmingham, Michigan, says,
“People who are really stressed out about a problem tend to obsess over it”.
Obsessing means that you’re constantly thinking about the problem.
Get away from the problem or situation. It will help you to change your focus. It will also save your mind and your health from the effects of the stress that comes from obsessing.
Pick up a book, go for a walk, and make a conscious decision to focus your attention on the book or the walk. This will clear your mind and allow you to focus on more important things.
4. Get Involved With A Greater Cause
One sure way to feel better, and to get our minds off of stressful thoughts, is to help someone else. We not only feel better, we aren’t so focused on our problems. It doesn’t take long before we see that there are people around us who are experiencing similar or worse things than we are.
Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of micro-credit and micro-finance. He said,
“Making money is a happiness; making other people happy is a super happiness”
Get involved with a greater cause and you will soon be thinking of more important things and feeling much better about your own life.
5. Find Someone Who Can Help
If you truly aren’t able to clear your mind with these tactics, there are people who are can help you.
Psychologists/Psychiatrists do this for a living. And then there are other people in your life you may benefit from listening to.
Sometimes, we just need someone to talk to. When talking about what’s in our minds, it helps us put things in perspective.
Clearing your mind requires intentional action.
At times, that action is easy and at other times, not so easy and that’s because clearing the mind takes focus and dedication.
Once we experience the benefit, though, we become motivated to do it more often. Try these 5 ways to clear your mind the next time you are anxious or stressed. If you’d like to learn how to meditate to start your day with better thoughts, download Discover the Power of Mindfulness Meditation.