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How to Calm and Declutter Your Mind

How to Calm and Declutter Your Mind

Previously, we looked at how decluttering our physical space can be beneficial. So in this blog, it is the turn of our mind!

The two are definitely linked as a cluttered environment can be stressful – as I know from personal experience!

Decluttering and calming the mind however is a very different challenge. In the physical world we can really take charge. We can throw things out we don’t want, rearrange, decorate. Try doing that with your mind? Not so easy!

Our minds and thoughts can often feel uncontrollable and cluttered. In the modern world of multitasking and social media many of us feel overwhelmed at times. Thoughts compete with one another and fall over themselves to get our attention.

There are however a number of actions we can take to help to calm and order our thoughts and feelings.

How to Calm and Declutter Your Mind

Here are a few ideas!

1. Active relaxation

Active relaxation is a great way to destress and calm the mind. Gentle exercise helps calm the mind as well as losing up your body.

This can include activities such as a walk (at your own pace), stretching or Yoga.

Find our what style of  Yoga and Yoga poses are best for each Dosha here.  If you don’t know your Dosha – an Ayurvedic mind-body type, make sure to take my Dosha quiz!

2. Meditation

Meditation has to be one of the top things you can do to help understand and then calm your mind. It will help you view how your mind works. Thoughts compete with one another and those associated with the highest level of emotion tend to get noticed the most.

Regular meditation practice (even 5 minutes a day!) will help you notice this pattern and help bring a piece of calmness into your life.

3. Write things down

I love lists. This is a very effective way of taking our thoughts out of our heads and getting them down on paper. If your mind is racing, especially before bed, jot your thoughts on a bit of paper.

Try and do this before you are in bed, but keep a pen & paper next to your bed just in case!

4. Setting goals & priorities

This is linked to writing things down. Once you have your list you will need to prioritise. This may be just today’s tasks or it may be some bigger life choices. Set yourself some realistic goals and work towards achieving them. Go back to your list regularly.

This will make you feel more in control and again get those thoughts out of your head and on to some paper!

5. Spend time outside in nature

Ayurveda stresses the importance of spending time outside in nature and the positive impact this can have on us shouldn’t be underestimated. This can be part of your ‘active relaxation’.

Try to get outside at least once a day. Listen to the birds, get the sun on your face and feel the wind in your hair. Let go of your thoughts for a moment and just observe!

6. Be creative

Being creative is a great way to calm the mind. By focusing on a creative activity you are again taken away for the whirlwind of our regular thoughts. Whatever your creative outlet – painting, playing music, knitting, writing try and make space in your regular routine to enjoy this outlet.

Trying to do this everyday may not be realistic for many of us – but include it in your weekly routine and enjoy!

7. Routine

If you are a bit disorganised this can lead to a chaotic life and mind. If this is you (or if you are Vata!) then setting some simple routines and sticking to them can really help make space for considering and making the big decisions in your life that really matter.

As a minimum try and create a regular morning & bedtime routine that includes some wind down time. Time to make those lists, journal, practice yoga.

These are just a few ideas and techniques of how you can calm and declutter your mind!

P.S. If you are curious to discover what food and lifestyle choices and Yoga style to practice for your specific mind-body type, the first step is to take my Dosha quiz and discover your Ayurvedic Dosha – your mind-body type!

You will then receive some practical tips & recommendation on which foods, lifestyle habits and Yoga style are best for your specific Dosha.