”Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
The human mind is rarely quiet. Questions, ideas, and plans seem to pass through our consciousness without much order or purpose sometimes. This profusion can be good, but it can also be distracting or worrisome. Knowing how to clear your mind can help with anxiety, depression, and even sleep difficulties. Here are some proven tricks and techniques that will allow you to better clear your mind.
”Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”
Express your thoughts in writing. If your mind is a tangled mess of thoughts, it can help to write them down. Start off writing in free-form: record how you’re feeling, why you’re feeling, and what you want to do about it. After recording this information, you’ll have something concrete to reflect upon; this will help you feel a sense of accomplishment, even if you haven’t “done” anything.
- This really interesting trick will help you literally throw away your thoughts. Write all your troubles down on a piece of paper, discussing why they’re bothering you. Then crumble it up and throw it away. Yes, throw it away! Researchers found that people who threw away their written concerns were less likely to be worried by them.
- Express your thoughts in the drawing. So you may not be a Van Gogh, but you don’t have to be to create art. All you need is a medium and a piece of paper. Have fun to decorate with rainbow crayons; experiment with oil painting; get just the right shading with charcoal. Releasing your anxieties and clearing your mind by drawing can be an incredibly powerful force.
Have a discussion with another person.Maybe you’re the kind of person who keeps their thoughts and emotions bubbled up inside. That’s not a bad a thing, necessarily, but it means that small concerns can quickly snowball into seemingly big ones overnight. In order to free your mind of worries, you may be having — worries about love, stress about health, doubts about your job — learn to talk to someone.
- Reach out to friends and family first. Your friends and family love you and understand you. They don’t need rationalizations, and they won’t sugarcoat advice. Tell them about what you’re going through and listen for advice.
- If your friends and family aren’t the kinds to lean a helping hand, consider talking to a therapist. A therapist is trained to listen to your particular concerns and find solutions based on calculated research and troves of experience. Don’t feel like you’re inferior for seeking the advice of a therapist.
- Have a deep conversation with someone. Easier said than done — but totally worthwhile. Researchers have found that having deep conversations, in which you go beyond the superficial and share something thought-provoking or intimate, actually makes people happier.
Hang out with a pet. While there is no scientific evidence that owning a pet can directly help clear your mind, there is a host of evidence that is worth looking at. Owning a pet lowers your risk of depression; lowers blood pressure; elevates serotonin and dopamine; and lowers your risk of visiting the doctor if you’re older than 65. If you’re happier and healthier, wouldn’t it also be easier to let go of things that are bothering you and embrace what you do have in your life?
”Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it. ”
Remind yourself of the truly important things in life. Sometimes, our minds become flooded with thoughts that, in retrospects, aren’t very important. Perhaps you lost your job, or maybe your girlfriend just broke up with you. While definitely important, these things are by no means the end of the world. Remind your brain of all the truly important things that it has going for it:
- Friends and family
- Health and safety
- Food and shelter
- Opportunity and freedom