7 Tips for Keeping your Mind Clear When Life Gets Busy
Wow, I cannot believe it’s March already. Where has the year gone? This is such an important time to refresh, regroup and revisit your goals. In this post I will share my best strategies for keeping a clear mind when life gets busy. Because it always gets busy…
Do you feel like you have so much to do and not enough time to get everything done? When your life gets crazy, you can’t let the busyness take over your mind. You need to put yourself first to maintain your mental health.
Brad and I were on a group call with our Path to Profit Academy clients today and one of our clients commented how being a business owner requires intense personal growth. It’s so true! We have to be willing to face our limiting beliefs and stories we make up about why we can’t get something done.
The first step to getting on the path to profit is is clearing your mind.
Here are seven tips for keeping a clear mind when life gets busy:
1. Get organized. Your life can be much easier if you maintain a good level of organization. And if you are anything like me, this is easier said than done. But I notice how much better I feel when I have an uncluttered space to create in. Plus, you’ll save time and gain a feeling of control over your circumstances. The time you save allows you the opportunity to take care of yourself by spending time with family or friends, making art or taking a walk outside.
2. Take time for yourself. This tip flows from the first one. It feels counterintuitive, but when life gets busy, take a time out. Carve out time for yourself every day, no matter how busy you are. Give yourself permission to relax and enjoy these moments, even though you know that things remain undone. You must allow your body, mind, and spirit to recharge itself so you’re productive when you return to your tasks. I have found that a 10 minute walk can shift my mood and my spirits. When I return to my desk, I am ready to work again.
3. Remember something you find relaxing. Everyone has their own activities that help them relax but many of us fail make the time to do them. Perhaps you feel pampered by a long, warm bubble bath. Or curl up on the couch and read a book. When was the last time you indulged in something just for you? Time by yourself is important for nourishing mind, body and spirit. I find my best creative ideas come when I am doing nothing. Sitting in the grass in your backyard, making daisy chains, tossing rocks into a pond… what nourishes you?
4. Count to ten. This is especially valuable to those of us who are working parents. If you find the stresses of life getting to you, catch yourself before lashing out or losing your cool. Instead, take a step back and count to ten slowly. This will allow you time to clear your mind and decide on the most effective and appropriate response.
My son stormed home after school one day and wouldn’t tell me what was wrong. It was painful to watch. He went into his room and punched a hole through his wall. I was scared for him but also pissed about the wall. Me adding fuel to his fire wouldn’t help anything. I took a deep breath and walked away until he was ready to come and share what had happened.
5. Meditate. Meditation is a great way to calm your mind and regain focus when life seems out of control. With meditation, you learn to focus on deep breathing while you discover more about yourself. There are many forms of meditation, so if sitting still is challenging for you try a walking meditation, washing the dishes while breathing deeply or coloring for some alternative forms of focus and connection. The secret is to simply slow down and breathe.
When you learn to focus on your breath, you’ll likely discover that your breathing is shallow during stressful situations. Learn to breathe deeply from your belly to feel a greater sense of peace in the midst of the storms of your life.
6. Exercise. Exercise is a perfect way to relieve stress and regain a clear perspective. Brad and I love to walk together in the mornings, not only do I get some exercise but it’s connection time. We often brainstorm about challenges we are facing with our business or our kids or talk through schedules and fun ideas. Find a type of exercise that you enjoy, and stick with it until it becomes a habit. Soon, you’ll hate missing a workout and have more energy throughout your stressful days. I have noticed that if I miss a few days of walking, my body aches and I can’t wait to get back out on the trail.
7. Take it one step at a time. Life often requires you to juggle many different situations at once. It’s overwhelming if you try to think of each one of those things at the same time. I like to do massive brain dumps where I pour all of the tasks, to-dos and worries out onto paper. Then I can sort through them and decide which is the next best step to take. I have learned that I just have to take one step. Getting into action can ease overwhelm and help you refocus on what matters.
Focusing on one task at a time while surprisingly move you forward faster towards completing your goal. Then move on to the next task. If you keep putting one foot in front of the other, everything on your to-do list will eventually get accomplished.
Finally, remember that you’re not alone. If you need to talk to someone else about your busy life, reach out to positive people in your life who truly care about you. Sometimes, just talking may help you to clear your mind of everything.
Try these ideas and begin to experience the peace you deserve today!
Building a business requires a clear mind and a clear mind happens with intention. Write yourself into your calendar this week and make time to clear you mind. As I said before, life gets busy, it gets messy. So take care, slow down and enjoy the journey.