5 Ways to a Clutter-Free Mind
By Angel S. Ermita
What is it with those memory lapses that seem to come so often these days? Don’t fret. Unless you’re close to hitting the 60s mark, it shouldn’t be an early onset of dementia. Scientists say it might be the excessive amount of information you store in your brain that’s interfering with your memory function. For a quick memory fix, scientists suggest exercises to de-clutter the mind.
- Clean your work area
You work area is where you do most of your thinking, so it’s only right to keep the surroundings conducive for work. If you often find yourself scrambling with piles of paper, not only do you waster time, but you also make your thoughts disorganized. Try to keep your desk neat all the time. As much as possible, only allow space for your computer, a telephone, and an object that reminds you of something worth remembering like a family picture or a photo of you during your favorite trip.
- Forgive and forget
This old adage actually helps the brain get rid of mental and emotional burdens you don’t need to keep thinking about. Forget about that rude driver who stole your parking space or stop trying to figure out why that movie had such an awful ending. These things will cause no monumental change in your life so there’s no reason they should be lingering in your mind.
- Play a new instrument
Learn a new language, or do crossword puzzles. All these activities will keep the mind sharp even in old age, as studies have proven. “Sine studying an instrument requires years of practice and learning, it may create alternate connections in the brain that could compensate for cognitive declines as we get older,” said Brenda Hanna-Pladdy, a clinical neuropsychologist who led the study on the link between musical activity and cognitive performance.
Sustaining a healthy relationship is key to enhancing your emotional health, which can keep the brain from slowing down due to information overload. Make sure you have time to go out with friends, as long as it’s done without the danger of putting other important responsibilities aside. You can even try at keeping a pet, like a dog, for example, which is known for their very friendly nature.
- Get enough relaxation
Regular meditation sessions, yoga, or simply a good night’s sleep are sure ways to allow your mind to calm down. Take a few minutes every day to lie down in a quiet place and turn off all distractions so you can keep yourself from worrying about things for a while. Most especially, never let the quality of your sleep suffer as even in sleep, the brain does wonders for you to stay shard during the day.
***This article was originally published in Zen Health Magazine, November-January 2013 issue.