My brain is tired. By the end of the day I find myself completely checked out and drained. This isn’t physical exhaustion, but mental exhaustion. At any given moment my mind is filled with little people voices, to-do list items, past conversations with people, worries, memories, and that’s just the start. There’s so much to do this afternoon and so many thoughts swirling around in my head, but I just can’t process them because of the exhaustion in my brain.
I’m on a journey to simplify our home and live a more healthy life – and that needs to include my mind as well. Less junk and more substance. How can we simplify our thoughts and reflections? How can we clear our minds to allow room for what’s important? It’s an ongoing process and an intentional process. A clear mind doesn’t just happen on accident. Unless you’re a hermit, maybe?
So how do we simplify our minds and clear the clutter that fogs our thoughts? Here’s what I’m working on.
- Re-evaluate the input. Am I putting things into my mind that don’t need to be there? News, television, gossip sites or magazines? Do I really need to be reading/watching/listening to these things? Do they affect the busyness of my mind?
- Keep a journal. Get my thoughts, fears, and ideas out on paper. Write them down and move on. Or write them down and come back to them when I have a few minutes. Either way – get them out of my head. Clear that space! This is hard for me. When life gets overwhelming there are times when the LAST thing I want to do is focus on that intense time and journal about it. But I’m finding that’s exactly what I need to be able to start processing, understanding, and letting go of that which is taking up my focus.
- Fill my mind with thoughts that relax, soothe, encourage, and inspire. Paul tells us in Philippians: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8. If we fill our minds with thoughts from our Father there will be less room for the “junk” that drains us. My dear Momma Bird friend makes it a point to pick one verse or phrase to focus on for the week. I love the idea of taking a positive verse and making that my focus when my thoughts get crazy.
The clutter of our minds is certainly not something we can get rid of overnight. It’s proving (at least in my case) to take a LOT of time, intentionality, and do-overs to release my focus from the “junk” and place it on Jesus. But it’s oh so worth it! The peace that passes all understanding is worth WAY MORE than a cluttered and worried mind.
How about you? How you do clear your mind from the stresses of each day?