A little spring cleaning for your mind

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Spring has sprung!  Even if you live in the Northeast like I do, as the picture depicts,(which is a slight exaggeration) even though it doesn’t feel like it, springtime is upon us!

Spring is often seen as a time of renewal.

I often find that many spend time on clearing their physical clutter, get their spaces cleaned and organized. Give their bodies a little reset.  One thing that is often forgotten is the act of decluttering our mind. And that is where SO much stuff can build up. When we free up some headspace, we are able to feel calmer, think more clearly and stay focused.

Mental clutter.  It’s a thing. I know it well.  How about you? Holding too much in that beautiful brain of yours can sometimes lead to overwhelm and we want to nip that in the bud as soon as possible.

Taking care of our mind is just as important as the things we do for our bodies and our physical spaces.  It can oftentimes get overlooked.

If you are diving into your spring cleaning mode, don’t leave that precious little mind of yours out.  I should also mention that this doesn’t just apply to this time of year. But since everyone is buzzing about all things Spring, I figured why not.

Here are some ways to declutter your mind.

1. Priorities. What are they?
Reduce your mental fatigue by getting clear on what’s important to you.  Maybe it’s family, friends, work. All of the above. Maybe it is finding time for you.  SELF-CARE. I know you hear and see this word everywhere now. It’s because it’s that important.  

Whatever your priorities are, use them to help you make decisions. This will help eliminate the mental clutter that comes from deciding what to focus on.

2. If it’s not a hell yes, then it’s a hell no!
I have talked about this before in a previous piece I wrote a while back.  This may seem like a harsh way to make decisions, but let’s be serious.  How many things do you say yes to that you don’t want to do? And how long do you spend agonizing and trying to make decisions?  This all leads to mental clutter.

Tap into your intuition.  Try listening to whether it is telling you if something is a yes or no.  Really tap in and listen. And then go with that.

3. Be mindful of the information you take in.
We all spend a lot of time online.  We end up consuming a ton of new information on a daily basis.  Some good, some not so good. The unnecessary stuff ends up cluttering our brains with nonsense. Unimportant details. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to learn new things, it’s also important to put those things to good use. What I mean by that is to avoid letting it clutter up your brain, tell someone about it, write about it, whatever you feel moved to do. Don’t just let it sit.

4. Find a home for your ideas.
It’s only natural that that beautiful mind of yours is swirling with ideas, thoughts and dreams!  However, there are times when the downloads keep on comin’ and these things end up overwhelming you more than helping you which in some cases can leave you ending up feeling a bit stuck. Or even worse, you end up forgetting some of the amazing ideas you had in the first place.  So how can you hold onto these little goodies and still make room in that beautiful mind of yours?

Find a home for them.  

If you are techy and love all things digital, you can store them in the Notes section in your phone, an app called Evernote, Google Drive. Or if you are old school, keep a notebook or journal dedicated to your thoughts and ideas. Put them all in one place, that way you will always know where to find them. That way the next time an idea pops into your head, save it to your dedicated place right away.  

This is something I am still working on for myself.  I haven’t locked it down yet. I will say it makes things a lot easier when I can just go to my one place, instead of spending time going through the ‘files’ in my mind!

5.  Let go.
Give your brain a little space.  The ideas and thoughts come quick and thus the clutter builds rather quickly. Try making some time in your schedule to do a little brain dump.  Simply just start writing down all the ideas and thoughts floating around in your head. Write down whatever comes to mind. There doesn’t have to be any structure or organization to this process.  Just let it flow and let it go. I often do this at the end of my day, for me it helps me unwind, relax and allows me to enjoy my evening much more.

I hope these tips have helped you and inspired you to try some or all of them out to help free up some space in your head.

After all, your mind is a BRILLIANT and not to mention powerful space and it deserves a little breathing room!