Where is your mind at right now? My guess is you’re thinking about all the things you have to do or maybe worried about something. Or maybe your head is clear, you feel relaxed and you’re in a peaceful mindset. If so, that’s great! In any case, I think we can all agree that it’s nice to clear our heads once in a while and agree that it’s not always an easy thing to do. There are many ways to clear your head. More often than not we don’t do it because we think we don’t have the time. Well, good news! I’ve outlined 5 realistic ways you can start creating more positive headspace in your life.
Headspace is a person’s state of mind or mindset, and in mindfulness we like to make sure this space is pure, logical, compassionate and open. Everyone’s different, right? So if you don’t think any of these ideas will work for you, then I ask you at least take some time to map out what other ideas might work for you and really think about what might make you happy. Let’s get started.
1. Meditation/mindfulness/prayer/time for thinking about nothing – Practice mindfulness and meditation, it doesn’t matter your religion or skepticism, meditation is for everyone. There are so many options that you’re sure to find something that works. I’ve personally had success with yoga, meditation apps, books and mindful walks.
2. Exercise – Find something that you like to do, run, walk, light weights, yoga, sports, whatever it is, make sure you find time for it. We tend to associate exercise with our physical bodies and as part of a diet regimen, but you need to remember that exercise is also good for your brain. The benefits of physical exercise, especially aerobic exercise, has positive effects on brain function from the molecular to the behavioral level. According to a study done by the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Georgia, even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions.
3. Self-care/doing something for yourself/something you enjoy doing – It’s not selfish to pamper yourself, to take time for yourself and to enjoy doing it. We all need a break once in a while, to laugh, let loose and unwind. Life doesn’t have to be serious all the time, experiences make us who we are and keep us engaged in life.
4. Write/journal/draw – The point here is to take time to do something creative, even if you’re not a creative person. Draw, paint, write, challenge yourself to a crossword puzzle or a few brain games. The point is that you need to carve out time to be random and let your mind wander with no one judging or critiquing you. Relax and have fun with it.
5. Conversation – I find deep conversations to be very rewarding. Listening is so important. I find that when I mindfully engage in conversation I usually learn something new and really enjoy the human connection that comes with sharing and listening to someone else. Taking part in good conversation is a chance to get outside of your own head and express your thoughts, feelings and opinions out loud. It’s healthy to share your thoughts and ideas. Bottling up your emotions and beliefs is draining and destructive.
The human mind is rarely quiet. Questions, ideas, and plans seem to pass through our consciousness without much order or purpose sometimes. Knowing how to clear your mind can help with anxiety and sleep difficulties. Above are some proven tricks and techniques that will allow you to better clear your mind. Learn to find clarity in your mind and you will create more positive headspace.