Wellness

5 ways to declutter your mind

Feeling overwhelmed? Here are some simple ways to spring-clean your head
1. Tackle one thing at a time

Too many tabs open? Know this: switching between tasks and distractions means you never reach your full potential – or finish anything! Every time you switch, it takes on average 23 minutes before your full attention is back on the task at hand. Start single-tasking: Set a timer for 20 minutes and use that time to do just one thing and watch your productivity grow.

2. Clear your mess

Stacks of paper on your desk? Piles of clothes flung all over your boudoir? Sort it, pronto! Research shows physical environments can significantly influence our cognition, emotions and behaviour, affecting our decision-making and relationships. Plus, people who sleep in cluttered rooms are more likely to have difficulty falling asleep, and to wake more often.

3. Practise mindfulness

A study showed as little as two weeks of mindfulness training can significantly improve reading comprehension, working memory capacity, and ability to focus. Download the Calm app, which offers meditation and mindfulness exercises that may help you feel more clarity in your everyday life.

4. Get a good night’s sleep

Nobody is on their A-game after a restless night. Sleep deprivation disrupts your brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other, leading to temporary mental lapses. So prioritise your eight hours! If you’re struggling to nod off, spritz My Mood I’m Like 104% Tired Switch Off Body Mist (100ml) generously over bare skin before bed and let the combo of lavender, poppyseed and valerian soothe you.

5. Put pen to paper

A study showed that the mere act of making a plan to get tasks done can free us from anxiety. Not only that, but writing the tasks down will also make you more effective. A nocturnal worrier? Research shows that writing to-do lists for tomorrow before bed (rather than ticking off completed tasks) helped people fall asleep faster.