14 Ways To Restore Mental Clarity And Focus Your Mind
This is so typical in our over-stimulated, over-worked lives and busy schedule. We gulp down scalding coffee, jump in the shower, rush to work in the car and find ourselves stuck on the interstate that has quickly become a parking lot. As we sit behind the steering wheel, we drum our fingers, we fiddle with the radio, trying to find music or news. We think of the things we need to do for the day which involves tasks for both home and work. When we get to work there a what seems like a million tasks to do. All before you grab a cup of coffee or tea.
Incoming email to sift through to weed out spam.
There are chat messages, instant messages, and short messages to reply to.
There are meetings to attend, documents to sign and projects to conceptualize.
There are letters to write and people to talk to.
Our head is in a whirl – our mind is about as cluttered as our office desk. We wince but plod on.
To top it off, there’s the irate client and the equally irate boss.
There’s a co-worker who dumps extra work on us and a clerk who is trying to shirk off work.
There are a whiny toddler, a critical teenager, and a needy spouse.
And then there’s the guy who cuts us off on the highway or steals our parking spot.
In the meantime, we need to figure out what to have for lunch. We live and face so many demands every day that our stomach acids are constantly churning from skipping meals or overeating and our hearts are about to beat out of our chest.
We grit our teeth and mutter under out-breath, as we remember that dinner needs to be prepared when we get home, but we go on.
The checkbook has to be balanced and the mortgage has to be paid.
Our neck is stiff, our shoulders ache, our back feels sore and our mind is a jumbled mess.
Still, we go on.
Studies have shown that this brain dump can cause a sensory overload and chronic stress have been known to weaken the immune system, disrupt sleep and cloud our judgment.
We can develop randoms thoughts, become anxious, jittery, irritable and accident prone. And we wonder why we are miserable. We lead lives that are far too complicated and we wonder why we don’t even have time and space to think.
And, don’ forget that all the anxiety, stress and the emotions that stem from that diminish our abilities to deal with life on a daily basis, causing more chaos, and more feelings of being overwhelmed.
14 Ways To Restore Calm, Focus And Clarity
1. Calming the mind is necessary for calming down, regaining focus and clarity.
2. Breathe deeply to regulate the heart beat and the blood flow.
3. Stop and look up from your computer screen. Look out the window and gaze at the treetops and the sky.
4. Drink some water slowly (don’t gulp it down) and close our eyes.
5. Turn down the blinds, turn off the lights, close the office door and enjoy some dark quiet.
6. Breathe and breathe deeply for overall good health.
7. Electronic gadgets often set the pace of our lives. Stay focused turn off the TV, computer and phone. Take a minute break to sit still and NOT think.
8. Meditation helps to calm the mind and create inner peace which is needed to deal with our busy lives. Research shows, that one can meditate for 10 minutes and restore balance to the mind that brings clarity and provide focus boosts. Once again, the breathing and stillness that is part of meditation is essential to restoring clarity and alleviating reduce stress. Guided imagery CDs can be a powerful tool and it can be a lifesaver. You can use it during a lunch break to detach from the world and find solace in a beautiful place that is stress-free, again by refocusing your mind and attention to a better place, which sorts chaos.
9. If we feel that we need to walk to clear our mind, then we should walk around the block and leave “it all behind.”
10. If we feel that cleaning your home is a metaphor for changing your environment energy and clearing out the emotional debris then go ahead and clean your house. We all have our different ways of relieving stress and tension.
11. Sleep is great for our overall health! Sleep is essential to provide the proper rest for the mind and the body to refresh our cognitive abilities. Are you getting enough? 8 hours nightly is recommended by experts.
12. Vigorous physical exercise (like climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator) often de-clutters the mind and increases your brain function.
13. When attempting to find solutions or make decisions or choose between conflicting ideas, I suggest to sort out the important tasks first. We have to learn to label feelings and thoughts, list down priorities and sort through thoughts as one would sort out a sock drawer: we dump all the socks on the bed and arrange the socks in piles (whites and dark's or sports socks and dress socks). Then attempt to find the pairs and bring them together. Those socks without pairs, we put in a garbage bag – we can use them to wax the car or make sock puppets for the kids. Much of the things we need to do can be mentally sorted out in this way. Looking at our thoughts and emotions as pieces of cognitive function like a jigsaw puzzle enables us to control the way we think and feel.
14. We may not be able to control the volume of the boss’s yelling from across the room, but we can certainly control the way we react without the risk of losing our jobs.
Those that think they may not have the time to take the action steps described above, think again because not taking action will only lead to burn out and affect your productivity in all parts of your life, including, work and personal. You are worth it, take the time to make yourself whole, and bring clarity and focus back to your mind