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Dr Baulch says it’s worth­while learn­ing to rely on a “tool­kit of strate­gies” to de­clut­ter your mind.

“We all need to in­cor­po­rate times of ab­so­lute still­ness into our day,” she says. “Most of us find it very dif­fi­cult to do noth­ing at all. It can cre­ate feel­ings of empti­ness and lone­li­ness, but learn­ing to cre­ate tol­er­a­ble lev­els of still­ness is very good. It gives our brain and body a rest.”

She sug­gests set­ting aside a short pe­riod of time at the start of each day to sim­ply fo­cus on mind­ful­ness and al­low this to set the tone for the day. An ex­cel­lent book on mind­ful­ness for busy peo­ple is Mind­ful­ness On the Run by Dr Chan­tal Hof­s­tee.

Dr Baulch says de­clut­ter­ing the mind is hin­dered if our diet, ex­er­cise rou­tine and sleep pat­terns are chaotic.“They’re the foun­da­tion, but they’re of­ten over­looked,” she says.

Some­thing else she says can eas­ily be swept aside is the im­por­tance of be­ing spon­ta­neous and child­like and em­brac­ing play­ful­ness in our lives.

“It is re­ally im­por­tant to in­cor­po­rate re­lax­ation and fun and re­mem­ber that not ev­ery­thing has to be se­ri­ous.”

Put your feet up It’s im­por­tant to set aside time to re­lax and be still.

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