Clear your head with techniques to declutter your mind.
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of stress and time-poor schedules, where it can feel as though your mind is racing non-stop and you have no idea how to switch off the endless mental chatter. While we may live in a hectic world, there is lots we can do to declutter our minds on a daily basis.
Dr Jacqueline Baulch, a clinical psychologist and director of Inner Melbourne Clinical Psychology (Innermelbpsychology.com.au), says she uses a variety of strategies to handle stress and busyness – two “big enemies” of decluttering the mind.
“We are pulled in lots of different directions and able to be contacted at any time through social media and the internet, so it can be hard to know how to turn our minds off,” she says.
That is especially true when we’re stressed, overworked or going through big changes or tough times, emotionally or financially. So how do we slow things down? “First and foremost, you need to be selfaware,” says Dr Baulch. “That can take many forms, including mindfulness or attention training. It can be a difficult starting point for some people.”
Often people are on a treadmill and they don’t ask themselves, ‘Is the life I’m living meaningful to me?’
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