Hello Beautiful People!
Sometimes I get overwhelmed or stressed out, and I’m sure everyone does from time to time (that may even be why you’re reading this post in the first place). It’s completely natural to feel this way! But there are tons of things you can do daily to help you clear your mind of cluttered and negative thoughts. These may not work everyone, but they definitely work for me, so I thought I could share some things I do to clear my mind.
#1: DISCONNECT FROM TECHNOLOGY
This may be harder for some of you to do during the day, I know it is for me. But either in the morning, before you start your work, or at night, before you go to bed, disconnect from your technology. Put your phone on airplane mode, shut your computer off, don’t turn on your television.
Although social media and communicating with those around you (or maybe not so close to where you are) is awesome, you need to take a break from this sometimes. Social media and constant communication through technology can be extremely overwhelming at times. If that email or text can wait a few minutes or a few hours, take some time to disconnect and do something else during that time that helps you clear your mind.
#2: WRITE DOWN YOUR THOUGHTS
Writing down my thoughts is something that really helps me to not only clear my mind, but put my thoughts in another place. Sometimes I just write some stuff out on the notes on my phone, a document on my computer, or a journal. But what I mostly love to do, is write my thoughts down in this blog. I use this blog as a creative outlet and it allows me to write down whatever I’d like. Of course, on here I don’t get TOO personal. But I write down the things I like to share with others. This may help you too.
Reading is something that helps relax me (unless it is a school textbook). Read something you enjoy for as much time as you have. If it wasn’t obvious by previous blog posts or my instagram, I have an unhealthy obsession with Kinfolk Magazines. If you’re someone who loves creative writing, photography, story telling, short interviews, recipes and crafts, you’ll love this magazine. Anyways…enough sounding like a commercial.
If you didn’t already know, exercising releases endorphins. That is the most scientific thing I will say on this blog. Exercising can make you feel better in a multitude of ways which will lead to less stress. Go for a run, a hike, do some cardio, do some weight training. Whatever it is that makes you feel good on the inside and out, even if it is only for 30 minutes a few times a week.
Read more about why exercising makes you happy/de-stressed HERE (because I’m no expert)
#5: GET SOME FRESH AIR
Getting fresh air is probably something you do when you don’t feel very well. But it can also help you clear your mind. Going for a short walk, a hike, whatever! It’s easy to feel stressed out when you’re stuck inside an office all day and sometimes it’s just nice go outside for even a few minutes. Sometimes I even just step outside for a minute to get the fresh air if I really need to clear my mind.
#6: GET TOGETHER WITH A FRIEND/A GROUP OF FRIENDS/YOUR FAMILY
When I just want to take my mind off of school work, I try to get together with friends or family. This can do two very specific things for you: you can either take your mind off of everything OR you can talk to them about what is stressing you out. Family and friends usually have some really helpful advice and you may feel better after talking to someone else about what is worrying/bothering you.
#7: LISTEN TO MUSIC
Need I say more? Music makes me seriously happy, and I’m sure the same goes for all of you. Listen to music more often during the day (whenever you have the chance).
#8: WORRY LESS ABOUT THE LITTLE THINGS
I’m definitely guilty of worrying about every single little thing that is happening around me. However, this is something I’ve been working hard on NOT doing for the past year. You just need to tell yourself that most things you’re worrying about really don’t matter because, well…they don’t. Remind yourself daily that the little things don’t matter and focus on remembering that all throughout the day, it may help.
#9: TAKE A SHORT NAP/MEDITATE
I actually don’t know much about meditating (but I hear it really helps keep a clear mind), but I’m an expert napper. I try not to nap as often as I used to because it actually doesn’t make me feel that great. BUT – when I don’t feel great and I have a nap, this helps me a lot.
Warning: If you are someone who thinks about EVERYTHING when you are trying to fall asleep…this isn’t the best idea for you to clear your mind.
#10: TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF TIME OUT OF EVERY SINGLE DAY TO DO SOMETHING YOU ENJOY
Getting all your work done for the day is important, but taking a little but of time out of each day or at least every other day to do something you love, whether it is one of the things above or something different, it will help you to see a difference in your stress levels (It works for me, but may not work for everyone. Give it a try nonetheless!)
I hope this post helped to remind you or teach you of some ways you can clear your mind! It may not seem like it, but life doesn’t always have to be so fast pace and there will always be opportunities throughout the week to just slow down a little bit.