The mind is a wonderful instrument, full of wonders and capable of numerous amazing things. But like all wonderful instruments, sometimes we tend to get carried away by just how effective and brilliant they are and take them for granted and overuse them.
Sometimes it is necessary to take a step back and free our minds, not only to achieve the much-desired, much-needed rest but also to recharge so that we may come back stronger instead of falling completely apart.
Listed below are some of the most effective ways of de-cluttering your mind and freeing it up for more optimal performances.
Taking a Break
This seems like a no-brainer and something that most people agree upon, but you’d be surprised just how difficult it is to actually take that break.
Due to numerous reasons, among which are the fact that there is always something keeping us at a task – may be financial gains or the fact that we love it – there is always that thing that keeps us engaged, and it is this very thing that makes it difficult for us recede and take a break from it.
But it has been proven that taking a break every once in a while will, in fact, ensure that we are able to perform better and get more from those tasks in the future.
Now that you have decided to actually take that break, the next question remains what to do with your newfound free time. The mind rarely wants to stay idle. It is like a powerful tool that is aware of its own power and just wants to keep going and keep going even when it is bad for it.
It is up to us then to make sure that during this free time we do not engage our minds further on the trivial, useless and even potentially more dangerous things, but to do something worthwhile – like going away from our everyday environment and seeing new things.
There are only very little things in this world better for your mind then meditation. As we mentioned earlier the mind is naturally a restless organ. It does not want to stay still, even when this is the best thing that it could possibly do for itself.
To calm our minds, then, we perform what is called meditation. Meditation is simply the act of taming the mind and focusing on the little things that do not require as much energy, but at the same time are good enough to keep us conscious while being at ease.
This may seem counterintuitive at first. After all, you may be wondering, isn’t the whole point of de-cluttering to free my mind? How will reading help do that?
Well you see, the trick of actually calming down your mind is not actually to do nothing with it, because there is no way that you can completely shut off your mind without dying.
What you have to do, instead, is find a way to channel it towards one thing and one thing only – and reading a peaceful, salient book is one of the ways to achieve that.
Taking a Walk
Taking a walk or a run is one of those magical acts that seem to clear the head so smoothly and efficiently it is almost unbelievable. It is most likely due to the fact that being alone and in the constant movement we’re able to deal with the numerous thoughts coming to our heads more effectively and discard the relatively useless ones while resolving the important ones to the best of our abilities.
De-cluttering the mind is a task that most people agree on the need to do. But most times thanks to the fact that we don’t understand just how important it is, we rarely fail to do it. Highlighted above are five easy ways to de-clutter and free our minds up to perform as efficiently as possible.