3 Ways to Clear Your Mind That Aren't Meditation
It can feel downright impossible to clear your mind most days, right? Chances are you live a pretty faced-paced life, and you juggle a lot of different responsibilities. Which means that you always have a lot on your mind.
Living this way is just plain exhausting. I think we all know that, but it’s even more important to recognize that when you live this way for too long, you start to lose your sense of self. You start to forget what’s important to you and why you chose to juggle all of those responsibilities. And that’s exactly why you need to clear your mind.
You need to make space for self-reflection, self-awareness, and maybe even just a little bit of play.
But how do you clear your mind? How do you create a break in your thoughts so that you can observe your mind and body? So that you can rediscover your sense of self?
Meditation of course! It seems like that’s the answer you’ll get to these questions 99% of the time. But not today! I love meditation, but I also know that it’s not an easy habit to commit to for many people. Being still, which is what mediation requires, is not for everyone.
I’ve found three things that help me clear my mind that aren’t mediation. Maybe they can help you clear your mind as well. (Be sure to scroll all the way to the end for my favorite one 🤗)
- Exercise – Of any kind, but my personal favorites for clearing my mind are yoga (the obvious one) and Tabata workouts. If you’re not familiar, the structure of a Tabata workout is four, 20-second intervals of an exercise with 10-second breaks between each one. So, you’re constantly moving, which makes it a great way to clear your mind.
- Puzzles – Any kind of brain teaser such as a crossword puzzle, logic puzzle, or a hidden object puzzle. Whatever you choose, it needs to be a puzzle that will hold your attention and thereby clear your mind. My favorite is sudoku.
My Favorite Way to
Clear My Mind
3. Writing! (Shocker, right? 😂) I don’t label this one as my favorite way to clear my mind because I enjoy it. In fact, there are plenty of times I don’t enjoy writing. But, I am certain that writing on a consistent basis for the past two years has helped me clear my mind better than anything else ever could. It has helped me observe my thoughts so that I can sort through them with ease. (Okay, not with ease, but it is easier than it used to be.)
Writing has given me space to find my sense of self again through self-reflection and a little bit of play. And, I’ll bet it can do the same for you.
You don’t have to write essays, like I do, or novels to clear your mind. All you have to do is get a piece of paper and a writing utensil and write down whatever’s on your mind. It doesn’t have to make sense. It doesn’t have to be grammatically correct. You just need a way to observe your thoughts and let them free from their cage in your head.
How do you clear your mind? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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And until next time . . . have a MIND-CLEARING day!
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- Exercise. My favorites are yoga and Tabata workouts.
- Puzzles. My favorites are sudoku and jigsaw puzzles.
- Writing. Keep it simple and as imperfect as you like.
HOW THE EXPECTATION GAPS WORKS
You have a knot in your stomach telling you that something is missing from your life, but you don’t know what it is. On the surface, you have everything you could ever want. Yet . . .
You’re frustrated…overwhelmed…”crazy busy”…burned out…unfulfilled…
I'VE BEEN THERE!
That’s why I’ve been focused on living with intention and becoming a Deliberate Thinker for ~ 10 years.
I want to help you with your journey by sharing mine.
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