I wanted to talk about the ways I have found that work to de-clutter my mind, especially when I need to be laser-focused. Yesterday started out pretty mellow and my morning commute was pretty breezy. But without fail, the minute I walked into my office, I felt the stress of all that I needed to do.
As my day went on, I found myself getting more and more busy, and more and more frazzled. That was my body’s very persistent cue to catch my breath already! I knew what I had to do.
Clearing your mind and taking the time to refocus is the first step to getting back on track. With more focus, comes more confidence in what you feel like you can accomplish. And in these moments, I’ve discovered 4 quick ways to declutter your mind and refocus and dim the distractions.
4 Quick Ways to Declutter Your Mind & ReFocus
Take a Breath
Inhaling for a few seconds through the nose, and exhaling through the mouth is a quick way to get your heart rate down if you feel your anxiety starting to get out of whack. I try to inhale for 2 seconds, exhale for 4.
Then in for 3 seconds and out for 6 seconds until my heart is no longer racing. It’s a proven method that will ease your anxiety within seconds!
Forcing yourself to go at a speed that feels unnatural will hurt you more than help you. In my experience, I’ve always ended up shooting myself in the foot because I was rushing through a task and didn’t take the second to double-check my work.
Allow yourself work at your own pace. Focus on strategies that benefit you and your skills, rather than competing or rushing, just to get through something.
Take a Break
Take a walk outside. Read for 15 minutes. Catch up on a few minutes of a favorite show or podcast. Take a 20 minute nap even! Giving yourself some time away from a task or project will give your brain a much-needed break.
Ever find yourself staring into the glaring glow of a computer screen after countless hours of writing an essay, and just re-reading the same line over and over? That’s a sign that it is time to Step. Away. Learn to work in break times within your work, so you resume with energy and new perspectives.
Jotting down all the to-dos and responsibilities of the day, as they come to me, helps to give me piece of mind. Once they’re written down, I feel much more relieved knowing I can now keep track of what needs to be done.
This habit helps to reduce the stress of having to remember everything, and makes it much easier to plan out your next step. Along with making a list, prioritizing is a great way to reduce your list down to the task that absolutely need to get done timely.An outline helps provide some kind of framework and can help with better time management.
Anything you can do to give your self a mental break, is showing yourself self-love and listening to what your body needs. Making a habit to breathe, take mental breaks, pace yourself, and prioritize are self care practices you can easily incorporate into your everyday life!