HEALTH

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?’

OPEN YOUR MIND Smil­ing Mind app, free, from App Store and Google Play. BY THE BOOK Dar­ing Greatly by Brené Brown (Pen­guin Ran­dom House), $24.99. WRITE IT DOWN Grat­i­tude jour­nal, $18.95, from Kikki K.

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