As Spring arrives, now is the perfect time of the year to consider a deep-clean. I’m not talking about decluttering our wardrobes (although it’s always a good idea) but our minds, a regular “audit” to create better mental habits to keep us on track.
I don’t know about you but after almost two years of the Pandemic, I need mental clarity more than ever. But how can I reset my brain so far and free up some mental space?
I know for sure I need a digital detox, improve my sleep hygiene as well as send thoughts I’ve outgrown to landfill. However, achieving a simpler way of living and, along with it, a clearer mind that can cut through the noise and bustle of everyday life, it’s not easy.
I’ve tapped into a few sources and fell in love with Dr Tara Swart‘s considerations about the matter. To help us clean our brain, the neuroscientist, leadership coach, and author of “The Source: Open Your Mind, Change Your Life” encourages us to think of it as our dream home.
You’d take pride in keeping it clean and tidy at all times, you’d only furnish it with the most beautiful decor you could find, and you wouldn’t invite anyone in that doesn’t appreciate and share your joy in it – she explains-. Treat your mind similarly, and you’ll reap the benefits of better focus, a sharper memory, and better motivation. Don’t infest it with stress and bitterness. Most of us try hard not to get to that stage, but it’s the everyday care and attention to basic housekeeping that keeps us optimized and ready to take on more challenges to be better.
According to Monica T. Campbell, Ph.D., and licensed psychologist: “it’s only when we give ourselves a chance to relax, reconnect with the internal, and be present in the moment that we would be able to declutter our mind“.
Sometimes, enjoying a good book, digging in the garden, or getting together with friends it’s all that we need.
To declutter our minds and relieve stress and anxiety, we need to do more self-care and find time to centre and calm ourselves – she says-. We are busy doing things for other people but we don’t prioritize ourselves first. Self-care can be anything from having a regular exercise routine, getting enough sleep, and meditating, which allows us to focus on the present moment and not worry about what possibly could happen in the future.
I’m definitely ready to weed my inner garden and maybe repot myself in a bigger, better space. How about you?