Let me begin by asking a question…what do you do when your comp is loaded with unwanted software, and your memory is choking up? There are quite a few solutions- you can delete many programs which are not so useful to you, run a disk clean-up to free up some memory, or just use an external hard drive! Our mind works in the same way…over the years, we would have accumulated so many thoughts and memories in our mind, that it might be causing problems in our daily lives…hence, it is necessary to periodically de-clutter the mind, so that we don’t keep carrying the burden in our head 🙂
Here are some ways of de-cluttering the mind which I found after searching a bit…thought of sharing it with everyone :-
1. BREATHE – One of the simplest steps to practice. Take a few deep breaths, and while doing so, try to focus on the air entering into and going out of your body…..as you inhale, imagine that all the positive energy is being absorbed by the lungs, and as you exhale, all the negative energy is being expelled away….This is one of the best ways of relaxing, and keeps away unwanted anger as well ( trust me….worked for me 😀 )
2. WRITE IT DOWN – Its your grandparents’ anniversary on the 24th, your project submission is scheduled on the 26th, and its your best friend’s birthday on the 29th; none of which you can afford to forget! Its a good habit to write down all the bunch of things in your mind, so that you can safely concentrate on what you are doing right now, than having to deal with the thought of not having bought your textbooks when you are out partying with your girlfriend! 😀
3. IDENTIFY THE ESSENTIAL – This is an important point, because most of us have no idea about what we are doing and where we are headed in life! Unless you figure out what exactly is essential in your life, you will end up spending too much time thinking about things that are not sooo important….(like why is that girl not talking to me today? 😛 )
4. ELIMINATE – Once the essential parts are identified, the next step is to eliminate stuff which are not important. (like doing a disk clean-up)…By eliminating as many things as possible, you can get a bunch of junk off your mind….
5. MAINTAIN A JOURNAL – Just like writing down activities as mentioned above, its also a good habit to maintain a diary, or a personal journal, where you can express all your thoughts and experiences….blogging is another activity that can be employed as well…journaling helps you explore aspects of your life that you had not thought about much. After many years, when you read your journal, you’ll laugh at yourself for taking a silly topic too seriously! 😛
6. SLEEP WELL! – This is one of my favourites! You have to analyze your sleeping patterns to ensure that you are neither sleeping too less, nor, like me, sleeping too much 🙂 …both of them can lead to dullness of the mind, which reduces its efficiency. Studies say that 8 hours of undisturbed sleep is ideal for adults.
7. TAKE A WALK – Taking a walk, or doing any physical activity, takes a lot of clutter out of the mind….so the next time you are worried about that stupid hair-loss, go out and enjoy the fresh air 🙂
8. WATCH LESS TV – As much as watching tv endlessly might appear to be an interesting hobby, it can be one of the biggest time-wasters! Also, watching tv for long hours can fill your mind with a lot of noise and chaos, leading to more clutter. If you don’t want to be a couch potato like the photo above, then forget about Roadies and Splitsvilla and call up your old friend instead 🙂
9. DE-CLUTTER YOUR SURROUNDINGS – Keep your room organized, and your mind will get conditioned to be organized…. as simple as that 🙂 …Having a lot of stuff around you is just visual clutter — it occupies part of your mind, even if you don’t realize it. So keep your surroundings simple, and your mind will be simple too….
10. LET GO – The last one…. Worrying about something? Angry about somebody? Frustrated? While these are all natural emotions and thoughts, none of them are really necessary. So if possible, try to let go of them, or better still, forget about them! I know, it is easier said than done…but trust me, sometimes its not a bad thing to have a poor memory 🙂
So there they are…..do try them out and let me know if they helped you get rid of the ‘excess baggage’ 😀