2021 has come, and in the wake of the year that 2020 was, your mental space may have been cluttered, that is, filled with an untidy collection of things, particularly coming from the festive season, and the anticipation of the responsibilities that you have to fulfill this year in the different areas of your life.
Melissa Eisler on April 19, 2019, posted an article on chopra.com, titled 15 Ways to Decluteer your Mind.
From that article, here are my top 4 ways to declutter your mind and take on this new year feeling mentally fresh.
1. Get Some Sleep: According to researchers, sleep deprivation disrupts your brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other, leading to temporary mental lapses. If you want to start decluttering your mind and creating healthy habits, start by getting some restful sleep.
2. Transfer Thoughts to Paper: One of the best ways to help you declutter your mind is to take all those thoughts and tasks floating around in your brain and write them down to help you categorize and prioritize properly. Getting them on paper takes them out of your head because it allows you to let go of the responsibility you have to remember them, thus decluttering your mind in the process.
3. Declutter Your Environment: According to an article published in the Journal of Neuroscience, if your environment is cluttered, the chaos constantly competes for your attention and restricts you from mentally focusing and processing information. It subconsciously occupies a part of your mind and blocks your ability to think and act clearly. If you want to improve your mental state, you need to organize and clear out physical clutter.
4. Limit Your Social Media Intake: Being on social media constantly adds brain clutter and can even affect your mental health by increasing depression and loneliness. Monitor your usage on social media platforms, and if you start to notice your mind getting cluttered by thoughts and feelings from triggering posts, it is time to take a beak.
Don’t forget to wear a face mask, wash with soap and sanitize your hands, also maintain social distance as we fight to curb the spread of Covid-19 in 2021.