The holidays are over and mid-way through January you thought your schedule would return to normal. Problem is, it hasn’t and you’re having a hard time keeping up with your to-do list much less sleeping at night. Is your mind so muddled it keeps you up at night? Here are a few tricks for de-cluttering your mind so you can sleep and be better equipped to tackle your to-do list.
Give yourself permission to take a break. It’s okay to put down your to-do list and just breathe. For 5 minutes, 15 minutes, or an hour, if possible, focus on the present rather than making plans in your head. When you take the time to let go, you’re more likely to have more success when you return to your to-do list.
Meditation. You don’t have to be Buddhist to meditate, nor an expert. Not only that, you don’t need to set aside a lot of time out of your day to meditate either. Meditation is about slowing down and you can meditate while you cook or take a shower. As you meditate, pay attention to your contact with the Earth. Focus on the movements of your body, the feel of the air on your skin, and the center of your body where your breath fills you most. Relax any tension you feel in your neck, shoulders and jaw. Let your thoughts, worries and concerns go. Imagine your thoughts written on a leaf that floats away down a river. Do this for as long as you can or need to. For some this is 2-3 minutes, for others 10-15 minutes. You’ll find you’ve given yourself a mental reboot.
A change of scenery is more powerful than you might think. Whether it’s to your back porch to have lunch, a neighbor’s house for a visit, or a simple walk through your neighborhood or local park, when you break any kind of cycle, changing location is a huge help.
Get moving. When you get your blood flowing and oxygen throughout your body and to your brain, you’ll feel renewed and ready to focus again. Consider walking, dancing, yoga or a pillow fight with your kids!