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Having a cluttered mind can make you feel stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. Learning how to offload your daily mental clutter can help you live in a more positive way. Check out five of the best ways to de-clutter your mind.

This can help if:

  • you’re feeling stressed, worried or anxious
  • you can’t seem to shake recurring or preoccupying thoughts
  • your head just feels too full of ‘stuff’.
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1. Reflect on what’s bothering you

Ignoring something doesn’t usually make it go away. That’s why when your head is full of too much ‘stuff’, you need to look at it, before you can start to address it. Some signs that can indicate you’re suffering from a stressed and cluttered mind include:

  • trouble sleeping
  • difficulty concentrating
  • difficulty relaxing.

Once you’ve identified that you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by everything that’s going on in your head, pause and reflect on what is actually happening in your life. What are you feeling stressed or worried about? Why is it making you feel that way? Reflecting on yourself is important, because it will help you identify warning signs if your mind becomes cluttered again in the future.

2. Write things down

Having to remember a trillion things at once isn’t only really stressful, but also uses up a lot of mental space! Writing things down is a great way of de-cluttering your mind, because it means you don’t have to remember every little detail.

Important dates, study deadlines, emotions and worries will seem a lot more manageable when you map them out on paper. There’s a stack of apps that can help you with this, but old-fashioned pen and paper work well, too. Writing stuff down clears your head, and can help in prioritising your thoughts and identifying the important stuff.

3. Meditate to clear your mind

We’ve all heard that meditation is a good way to clear your mind and relax. What you may not have heard is that there are a thousand different ways to meditate, meaning you can find the one way that best suits you. Some suggestions include:

  • yoga
  • breathing exercises – try the ReachOut Breathe app
  • walking the dog or going to the gym
  • having a bubble bath.

4. Talk to someone you trust

Talking to a trusted friend or family member, whether online or face-to-face, can be a great way to release some emotions and get whatever’s bothering you off your chest. It also helps to get a fresh perspective on a problem that’s got you stumped and is stressing you out. If you’re really struggling, remember that you don’t have to tackle your problems on your own. Seek some professional help. It’s not a big deal to get the support that you need.

5. Prevention is better than a cure

Prevention is always better than a cure, so work some of the tips listed above into your everyday life to help you offload your daily mental clutter. Make sure you get a bit of ‘me-time’ every day so that you can wind down properly. Just like cleaning your room prevents it from turning into a giant den of crap, reflecting, writing, meditating and talking with others every day will help prevent the build-up of mental clutter in your head.

What can I do now?

  • Remember that all of these strategies may take a while to develop and may not be easy at first.
  • Get on top of your worries with the ReachOut WorryTime app.
  • Make sure you get a bit of ‘me-time’ every day so that you can wind down properly.