Are you suffering from mental exhaustion? Worried that by adding a single bit of information, your mind will be a tangled mess? Then perhaps you have too much mental clutter. Yes, clutter isn’t only physical, eating up space in our homes; it can also fill our minds and leave us feeling overwhelmed.
Mental clutter happens when we hoard too much information, leaving us with recurring and preoccupying thoughts that make us unable to process information. This also causes difficulty in concentration, confusion, and an onslaught of worry and fear.
According to an article published on Daily Free Press, students, in particular, are prone to this mental condition since they’re constantly accumulating new information. If not properly managed, this may cause info overload that results to poor academic performance. To remedy this, we must learn to mentally de-clutter, sorting and filtering thoughts to make space for those that are important. Doing this regularly improves focus and concentration. Most importantly, de-cluttering allows the mind to have clarity and peace by unloading negative thoughts that cause worry and emotional stress.
Here are some tips to clear the mind:
1. Keep a journal.
There are a lot of things that happen in a day. Keeping a journal is good way to manage the stress from these activities. Writing down your thoughts also keep negative and intrusive events from cluttering your mind. This can help you better understand the root of your stress, and allows you to express your thoughts without the fear of being judged or criticized.
2. Lessen your social media engagement.
Spending time on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram may keep you updated, but also add to mental clutter. If you need to plug in, set a time limit. You’ll be surprised how much time and mental energy you save, letting you accomplish other items on your to-do list.
3. Set goals.
In any situation, it’s important to know the value of goal setting. This way, you know which action items you need to prioritize. By having the proper mindset and concrete strategies to reach your goal, you can prevent irrelevant thoughts from interfering.
4. Learn the “Art of Letting Go”
People with cluttered minds hoard past thoughts that may be filled with grievances, failure, and regret. These thoughts contribute to their emotional stress. Learn to discard memories that drag you down to make room for new thoughts that keep you motivated and inspired.
Meditation is a good way to relax the mind, invoking a calm and peaceful feeling that encourages better brain productivity. Choose your form of mediation: breathing exercises, praying, yoga, drawing, painting, sound tripping or even doing chores that calm you down.
Terrece Patricia Castel
Panahon TV Intern