Here are six quick and easy ways to declutter and soothe a busy mind without even really trying.
- Do something adventurous. Pick an activity with (manageable) risk, where concentrating is more important than what may happen if you don’t! Your mind will naturally focus. This is one of the reasons people climb mountains, ride motorbikes, or travel to remote places—these activities bring you into the present and concentrate your mental power. But you don’t need to choose anything too big or dramatic, just something a little out of your comfort zone.
- Be in nature. Head outdoors and away from technology, crowds, and urban areas. Anything from a quiet walk in a park to an overnight hike or camp where you can immerse yourself in the natural environment (if you can extend this to a week you really give yourself time to disconnect and adjust to a natural rhythm).
- Look at a beautiful view. Artwork, water, mountains—an aesthetically pleasing view can quickly still a busy mind.
- Practice a skill. Pick up a new skill or practice an existing one. A new skill will engage your attention as you establish new connections in your brain. A current skill, such as playing the piano, can draw you into a meditative state.
- Exercise. Physically moving burns excess hormones and toxins in your body and shifts your mental state. Exercise is a great antidote to feeling stuck, tired, or overwrought as it calms and gently energises both mind and body.
- Declutter your home. Aim for empty surfaces, simple lines, and highlighting things you love by giving them space. The process of removing the unimportant from your surroundings can be as therapeutic as the result. Double benefit: clearer home, clearer mind.
What do you do to calm your mind?