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How to De-Clutter and De-Compress to Cope with a Chaotic Mind

How to De-Clutter and De-Compress to Cope with a Chaotic Mind

How to De-Clutter and De-Compress to Cope with a Chaotic Mind

The world around us seems to be full of clutter and chaos. Deadlines, responsibilities, worries and fears clutter our minds and rob us of the peace and calm we all desperately need. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of life then you’re in the right place. I’m going to share with you some tips and techniques for decompressing when your brain is on overdrive – and becomes a chaotic mind.

Simple actions can have a big impact when it comes to freeing up your mind, especially when used in combination and with a clear purpose. I recommend trying out more than one suggestion and see what works for you and how you can incorporate some of these ideas into your regular daily life.

Start with simplifying your physical space. Having a lot of stuff around you can have you on visual overload and you might not even realize it. People tend to be more at ease when their surroundings are clean, simple and visually appealing. Get rid of any unnecessary objects, maintain a clean space at home and work and use colors that are inviting and promote peace and calm.

Just breathe. So many people underestimate the power of breathing, yet it’s one of the most effective techniques for calming the mind. Therapists often use breathing techniques as a treatment for coping with stress and anxiety. The technique is simple, after finding a quiet and relaxing space, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. For a few minutes just focus on inhaling and exhaling, slowly relaxing the mind. At first, your mind might start to drift, if that happens, simply return your focus to your breathing. You will quickly begin to experience a positive physical response from this exercise.

Take a walk. Getting outside and doing some type of physical activity is a great way to quiet the mind and decompress. It may sound like nonsense but there is a strong correlation between movement and anxiety. The idea is that pent up energy in the body builds up in the mind causing anxiety. Walking works by changing your breathing and increasing your oxygen intake, it also increases blood flow which counteracts anxiety symptoms. Walking can be a distraction from worry because of the visual and physical senses you are experiencing at the time. Plus you are activating deep breathing which also calms the mind.

Journaling. This suggestion won’t be for everyone. Some people hear journaling and are immediately put off by the idea. For others, it can be a therapeutic way of getting concerns, fears and negative thoughts out of your head and into perspective. Journaling can help you work through feelings of anxiety that can lead to stress. Start by journaling for 5 to 15 minutes, writing down what’s on your mind and what’s bothering you. As you gain more experience with journaling you will be able to identify common themes and triggers for stress and anxiety. When you are ready, take it a step further and explore ways you can address some of those thoughts to make positive changes in your life.

People respond differently and it may take some time before you find exactly which method works for you. Be persistent.  We all need to find ways to release our chaotic mind.  After all, everyone deserves peace of mind!

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  1. 1
    jenn stapp

    These are great suggestions. My house is cluttered and I know it will help if we declutter…. but it is so overwhelming and I dont know where to start. I’m struggling right now. :/

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      Colleen

      Sorry Jenn you are struggling. One thing and one minute even at a time 🙂

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    ellen beck

    I need to declutter for sure. It is too much around it seems. I need to simplify everything. I did get a ton of toys gone though when they went to Toys for Tots.

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    Lynne B

    I love your first suggestion. We tend to “gather” stuff over the years and never evaluate whether we still need it. I know that I must start with clean kitchen before I start cooking or baking. I can see how that applies to other areas.

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    Edward

    These look like really good coping skills, thanks.

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    Sherry Compton

    My daughter is always saying “Breathe.” It really does help calm the mind and helps you put things in order. Especially when you are feeling closed in or overwhelmed.

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      Colleen

      I find myself saying that in my mind when things get chaotic and I can quickly deescalate!

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    Sarah L

    I love to get out and walk around the lake. Just one mile and it’s fun to see the daily changes.

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      Colleen

      Oh love to take short walks too Sarah…it is very relaxing.

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    June S.

    (How to De-Clutter and De-Compress to Cope with a Chaotic Mind) This is an area that I need to work on also. I just need to go through so much stuff and sell it online somewhere.

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    Angela Lombardi

    I really need to learn to de-clutter!!

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    Agnes Dela Cruz

    online journal like blogging can help me in dealing anxiety. “_

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      Colleen

      Agnes I am so happy you have found blogging!

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