STOP AND BE STILL
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.