Stress happens to all of us, but how we choose to handle it makes a world of difference.
You can let it shake up your day, drain your energy, and stall your progress, or you can make a conscious decision to stop and shift your mental energy.
Does any of this sound familiar?
- You look at your to-do list and get hit with a wave of anxiety.
- You think about where you want to be in a year’s time and the breath goes out of your lungs (how will I get there?).
- Sometimes you come down with a weekly case of the Sunday scaries when you think of the workweek ahead.
Why reset your mind?
Stress can be sneaky.
It can creep up on you bit by bit and have you completely drained, exhausted, disconnected, and discouraged without you even realising what’s happened.
Or it can show up as a giant wave of anxiety that gets in the way of you being able to focus, be productive, relax, and enjoy life.
It’s like having a brick wall between you and your goals. You feel stuck, trapped, and unable to go forward. Or it might feel like a rope that’s tightening around your whole body, preventing you from moving ahead.
Shifting this kind of blocked energy changes everything.
Suddenly, the brick wall crumbles. The rope goes slack.
All of your problems and obstacles, which seemed huge and impossible, get shrunk back down to a manageable size.
Your whirring mind calms down so you can get to work and push forward on accomplishing your goals.
Here are some of the times when it might be useful to take a step back and do a mind reset before getting back on track.
If you’re feeling stressed and might need to calm down
A little bit of stress can be a good motivator, but too much is definitely the opposite of motivating.
This is because stress actually clouds our thinking.
You won’t be able to map out your blog strategy, reach out to clients, get through your inbox, or whatever else you need to do that day if you’re stuck in stress mode.
One of the biggest signs that you need to reset your mind is if you think you “don’t have time” for it.
When you’re in the mindset of “go, go, go,” taking 30 minutes to reset your mind is actually the most productive thing you can do.
If you’re overthinking and need clarity
overthinking is actually a huge asset, and it’s very likely that it’s what got you to your life-changing decision to go into business for yourself in the first place.
But there is a flip side to having a mind that’s constantly searching out new ideas, new potential, and new opportunities.
It’s also just as good as seeking out new problems, new stumbling blocks, and new disasters waiting just ahead.
When you start down the road of overthinking, it’s a very slippery slope. Before you know it, you’re imagining all kinds of worst-case scenarios and losing sight of whatever it is you’re trying to achieve.
How do we make this mental shift?
Let’s look at some of the most tried-and-true methods for how to reset your mind.
How to reset your mind
A mind reset is an amazing technique for several reasons:
- It’s always available to you.
- It can take several different forms.
- It has immediate results.
- The reset allows you to get on with your day.
Although we don’t have a switch that we can flip in our minds to do a ‘hard reset’, there are a number of ways that we can stop ourselves when things get overwhelming and direct our thinking down a new path.
Here are my favourite ways to do a mind reset.
Do a mind declutter
Have you ever noticed how much better you feel when your home is tidy, with everything put away in its proper place?
Your brain is the same. It feels and functions so much better when the clutter has been cleared away and everything is where it should be.
But how exactly do you declutter a mind?
It’s actually pretty simple and involves using proven techniques like breathing, body scanning, and mindfulness.
It takes just five minutes and helps you sort through your thoughts so they’re not laying all over your mental landscape for you to trip over.
Clear your overthinking mind in 5 minutes
Don’t let your overthinking mind control your day. Take 5 minutes to do a mind declutter and get back to the important stuff.
Do a brain dump
“Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.”
This is a common piece of wisdom that we learn from an early age and with good reason – because it works!
Everything seems bigger when it’s in your head. Getting your racing thoughts out of your brain and putting them into concrete form is a foolproof way to manage your stress and clarify the next steps to take.
So what is a brain dump?
It’s like a to-do list, a pep talk, and a road map, all rolled into one.
Start your brain dump by pouring out onto paper whatever is on your mind. It might be:
- Urgent tasks that need to get done.
- Long-term plans and goals.
- Situations that are bothering you.
- Ideas to flesh out.
- Reminders about upcoming events.
- Whatever is banging around in your brain.
At this point, you can set the list aside for the time being and make a note to check in with it later to see where you’re at.
You may find a lot of the problems seem to solve themselves. Or naturally, reach a resolution with the passage of time.
Another thing you can do—and this is best for those issues that are causing you major stress—is to start brainstorming solutions.
It’s extremely calming and soothing to identify what’s causing you stress and then define how to resolve it. Even if you don’t take any concrete steps at this point, you’ll find that your mind is much clearer.
Change your surroundings
Most of us spend way too much time inside, and it has an effect on our mental states.
It doesn’t matter whether we are at our work desks or on our living room couches, being stuck in a routine and disconnected from the natural world takes a serious toll and leaves us feeling depleted.
There’s a simple way to break up your routine and re-energise yourself: go outside.
Changing your surroundings puts you in a new space, both in body and in mind.
Reset your mind for your mental health
Knowing how to reset your mind is a total game-changer.
The best part is, once you get into the habit of it, it becomes second nature and can be a huge boost to your mental health, productivity, and focus—all of which you need to run your business successfully.
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