5 Simple Steps for a Clear Mind
1. Read/Listen to an Inspirational Podcast
I always try to find time everyday (even if it’s just for a few short minutes) to read. It doesn’t always have to be a book. Sometimes I find articles or essays online that interest me. Lately I’ve been loving The Minimalist podcast and when I take a shower or I’m getting dressed for the day I’ll put it on Spotify and listen for a bit.
2. Tidy Up and Have a Place for Everything
Yes I straighten up my home every day. It doesn’t take much time and trust me, when you have a nice and neat home, you have a clear mind. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not on my hands and knees scrubbing my floors everyday, but I do make sure everything is in its place.
I wipe down the bathroom from the morning chaos (kids always get toothpaste everywhere), do a quick vacuum after every dinner with the family, never turn in for the night with a ton of dishes in the sink and I ALWAYS make the beds in the morning! For me, making the beds sets the tone for the day. It may sound silly, but there’s nothing I hate more than leaving the house for a busy day and the bed rooms are a mess. Just do it, you will thank me later.
3. Prep Your Meals for the Week
Ok so I’m not going to lie this is definitely something I need to constantly work on, but I try my best. I don’t always prep actual meals but I do try to prep batches of certain foods and keep them in the fridge so I can whip up a meal quickly (steamed veggies, rice, whole wheat pasta, beans, quinoa, dressings).
4. Put the Phone Down and MOVE
I know this one is a hard one for all of us, but it’s totally necessary. We get so consumed in social media and what everyone else is doing, we forget to be in the present moment. Our relationships suffer because of it. So while social media is an amazing tool for branding, businesses and keeping up with friends and family, it’s just as equally important to give it a rest.
Also, getting in activity daily does wonders not only for your physical health but your mental health as well! A short walk or a quick stretch is better than nothing 😉
5. Stop Buying Things You Don’t Need
This one has been a HUGE eye opener for me the past couple of months. I find it’s so much more important than actually decluttering your home. Birthday dinner, well of course I need a new outfit. Window shopping at the mall, that trinket would look perfect in my over stuffed apartment. No I don’t need another pair of sneakers, but these would go great with that one green workout top I own. It’s enough.
We consume and consume with no real need for it. It’s a waste of money and it clutters your home. A cluttered home leads to a cluttered mind. We buy things to impress people we don’t even know. I never make impulse purchases anymore (yes they would be daily purchases – Starbucks, CVS, quick snack at the deli). If I feel I need something, I wait to see if it’s really necessary. If I go a few weeks and forget about it, well then I didn’t need it. If I keep going back to that item after a few weeks and find it’s something I will get a lot of us out of, then I buy it. Purchase with intention!
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