One of the habits I use to start my day is meditation. I take half an hour each morning (about) to just completely focus on the present, not letting my to-do list, my family, or anything else interfere.
This can be a lot easier said than done.
For many of us, meditation sounds like a far-off reality (and it has in the past for me too). An impossible, sweet dream we tell ourselves about how we’ll feel less stressed tomorrow. But why can’t the grocery list ever seem to wait? And did you tell your husband to pick up the kids or is it your day? Who’s cooking breakfast? These thoughts can get in the way of clearing your mind, if you let them.
I’m going to walk you through some of the very tips I’ve used to absolutely clear my mind and enjoy some time to myself at the beginning of my day, something I think we all deserve!
Tips for Clearing Your Mind
- Seek guidance in how to do this
The goal here is to ask for guidance as to how to clear your mind. Research is a good first step, but it also takes some time to look within and determine what you will need to do to clear your mind itself.
- Figure out what is holding you back
We all have something that is holding us back right now from being as productive as we could be. Take some time to think about what it is in your life that may be holding you back, and what you’ll do the next time it tries to stand in your way.
- Learn to say no, and do so in a healthy way!
We all should say no sometimes. Nobody can be everybody’s superhero, all the time. Too often I find people are filling their heads with stress, and their days with too many things, and it’s no wonder they’d struggle to get it all done! Part of what I have had to learn over the years is how and when to say no in a way that isn’t going to make me feel guilted or bad. It’s okay for me to take a day every now and then, and doing so decreases my chances of failing on current commitments.
- Take time to yourself, regularly
A big part of this process is checking in and figuring out what it is that you need from you to continue this journey. Pick up a hobby, take a bath, write a story or read a book. Do something that focuses on just being for you and you alone, and you’ll start to see an impact even as your mind clears.
Taking the time to write things down can be a huge stress reliever. Knowing you already have a to-do list may be just what you need to let your mind release those distracting to-dos! Journal regularly, and often, about both professional to do lists and personal thoughts. The more you let out, the less is stuck in.
- Deep breathe and move forward
Sometimes clearing the mind can be a matter of taking a deep breath in and realising you are going to move forward. You will relax. This can push things that seemed important away casually, and make it seem a lot less effortful than it can be otherwise to focus.
- Read a self-help book
This article is a great start to changing the way your day goes, but don’t be afraid to invest in some daily self-help devotions or books that can keep you on track and remind you of what you’re working for.
- Go for a walk
If things just seem like they’re too much to handle, or you’re at a boiling point you didn’t intend to reach, take a moment to change your surroundings. Take the dog for a walk, go outside and look up at the stars, go out on the back porch and take a deep breath. Whatever the change in scenery is, however brief it is, it can be enough to make the difference.
Take the time to realise that you can relax, you don’t have to fill your heart with worry. Worries can wait, you deserve the chance to take a break away from them. De-stress in whatever method you choose, and it will go a long way to clearing your mind longer term.
- If this hasn’t worked so far, seek help
Feel free to recognise the need for another professional’s input if you feel that the advice you’re getting so far isn’t working for you. Sometimes we need a helping hand to figure out what’s getting us stuck, and to get us moving again, and there is absolutely no shame in that.