It doesn’t matter how old you are. At some time or another, you will feel some form of stress, whether it is because you have a big test coming up, you are having trouble working on a presentation for your boss, or even failing to keep up with your day-to-day errands.
Stress is a normal reaction to life’s challenges, and the way you handle it will determine how much you can accomplish and if you will overcome the situation. This post will point you in the right direction and offer you some ways to declutter your mind and overcome your obstacle.Stress is a normal reaction to life’s challenges, and the way you handle it will determine how much you can accomplish and if you will overcome the situation. Click To Tweet
1. Make A Mental List
A good way to declutter your mind is by organizing it. You have a million and one things to do, but if you don’t organize them properly, you won’t be able to multitask well.
So, let’s say you are planning a wedding at the last minute and have to figure out the decorations for the venue, catering, seating, officiant, entertainment, and so on. This is a lot for anyone to handle, and is a reason why they call some brides “bridezillas”, as they test to get frustrated and overwhelmed easily.
Instead of rushing out the door to try to get everything done and potentially have a meltdown midday, take a few minutes when you wake up to create a mental checklist. This checklist will acknowledge what you need to do, and what takes priority. You can also establish what you need to do to accomplish each task and schedule accordingly.
So, if the venue is available for viewing at midday, meet with your caterers in the morning to do a little taste test beforehand, then meet with the florist after you’ve seen the venue. Decide which time is best to see your pastor/reverend, and book a meeting with the DJ/band in an appropriate time slot. If there is anything you can follow up over email, save the drive to their office, and have your discussions while you have a little free time, or over lunch.
2. Delegate Tasks
Sometimes we feel stressed out because we try to do everything ourselves. It’s not that we don’t have anyone around to help, it’s just that we try to take the weight of the world onto our shoulders, perhaps to spare others the burden we bear.
But there’s nothing wrong with asking for a little help now and then. Surely those who love and support you will not hesitate to help. So, sure, you may be a stay-at-home mom and your husband works all day, but there’s nothing wrong with asking him to cook or do the dishes that night. It may not seem like the most tedious task, but even one thing off your plate can give you a few minutes to ground yourself and recharge.
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3. Clean Up A Little
Mental well-being goes hand-in-hand with cleanliness. If there is clutter around you, it can affect how you think and how you feel. For starters, it is distracting, and having excessive visual stimuli will compete for your attention on top of all the stuff you have, making you more stressed out.
A good way to relieve that stress and declutter your mind is to clean. This engages your mind and gives you purpose, especially when whatever is causing you to feel overwhelmed is something that is out of your control. So, while you may not be able to fix a situation at work, you can organize your closet to make it easier for you to find clothes to wear in the morning. If you have less stress in the morning time, you’ll have a better attitude throughout your day.
4. Keep A Journal
If you find that you have no one to talk to, your feelings of stress may get even worse. You need to stop holding in all that negative energy and release it positively.
A good way to do this is by keeping a journal. The journal can take any form you want, but it should include putting your feelings down on paper about what is causing you to feel that way. You can keep a digital journal, but many persons find physical journals more effective as it gives you a few minutes of your pay to put your phone down, get away from the rest of the world, and be one with your feelings.
5. Go To A Spa
Before we talk about spas, note that spas are not only for women. Most spas are open to persons of all genders and will welcome you with open arms.
The calming ambiance of the spa is likely to give you some form of immediate relief. They are designed especially for this purpose. It is up to you to decide what service would be best for you, but massages, facials, pedicures, and steams are a good place to start. You can express to the staff that you need to destress without having to explain your problems to strangers, and they’ll design a treatment especially for you. You can spend an entire day at the spa, or take your lunch break off to get a quick, relaxing massage.
6. Take A Nap
You may start to feel overwhelmed if you’re running on fumes. Have you been sleeping much lately?
It’s hard for anyone to stay focused if they have not had much rest since a lack of sleep affects mental health
. It will cause nervousness, irritability, sluggishness, and most importantly, it will inhibit your ability to think properly and make reasonable decisions. If you are faced with a big task, running on fumes may affect the quality of your work and even cause you to miss your deadline.
Take a short nap to recharge during the day if you feel like you did not get enough sleep during the night. This will leave you feeling energized and inspired, and can help you put your mind on pause to give you a chance to become organized.
7. Watch A Funny Movie
Sometimes, when things aren’t going right or become stressful, the best way to declutter the mind is by finding a distraction. Try watching a funny movie or some stand-up comedy for a few laughs. Your brain will release special chemicals called dopamine which will help you to stay motivated, improve your attention span, and boost your overall mood.
8. Listen To Some Music
Music is a release for many persons and it could even be the key to decluttering your mind. If you have had a stressful day and the events are still racing through your mind, use music to help you unwind around bedtime. This will help to elevate your mood and get your body ready for sleep.
These suggestions are good because you can do them at any time. If you find that these feelings are taking over and developing into anxiety or depression, your best bet is to schedule a session with a certified therapist who can work with you to help you cope and overcome.
We understand that life can sometimes be difficult. But, remember that we are also on the same journey as you. If you’d like to read more articles to help improve lifestyle, feel free to read more posts from our Health section.
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