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How to de-stress and clear your mind

Sometimes we all need to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of every day life.  We all have stressful things going on in our lives, whether that being the stress of work, education, family etc. And we all need to wind down, de-stress and clear your mind.

C.L. Sajnog says: “What is the importance of clearing your mind? Think of your mind as a glass, and your thoughts as water. If the glass is full, you can add no water. The water will only spill over the sides.”

If you don’t clear your mind, your thoughts will get the better of you and build up and up.  By doing this you’re not allowing your mind to think clearly and you’re allowing stress to build up.

So, what do I do to de-stress and clear my mind?

#1 Go for a walk

Going for walks can clear your mind, that could be walking down your street, around the  local park or on the beach. Try it, it’s great. Just getting fresh air into your lungs is great, just walking and taking everything in can really open your mind and clear it of all of your worries, stresses and thoughts.

#2 Exercise

Picture credit: Positive life force

Now I know, this is not for everyone. But for me this is a massive de-stress – just going into the gym, getting on the treadmill running a 5k and doing weights is a way for me to clear my head. And by doing this my aim for next year is to run a 10k! It also has many health benefits that will help you clear your mind.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilise mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects.”

Hence why I feel great and on the days when I do exercise my mind is so clear!

Try it and you never know how you might feel. Don’t throw yourself straight in, just ease yourself in and see how it makes you feel.

#3 Colouring books

Ahhhh mindful colouring! Now that is what calms me down. It takes me back to being a child and colouring in my colouring books! Those were the days, no stress, no worry. If only we could go back, ey!

There are SO many different colouring books out now for adults, such a wide range. From Disney to flowers and The Great British Bake off. Now I hold my hands up, I have multiple colouring books. I have small pocket ones for on the go, full off patterns. I have animal ones, flower ones and yes, of course – The Great British Bake off! Because, well….why not!

It is generally a good stress release, although I can’t do it for too long as I start colouring out of the lines. And that certainly stresses me out, I don’t know about you?

#4 Reading

I have never been one for reading BUT a lot of people seem to think that reading is good to clear your mind. Probably because your mind wonders off in your book and you forget about everything else around you.

Hmmm, it sounds like something I should try!

#5 A relaxing bath – with candles and bubbles!

Aaaaaaand RELAX. Now after a long, hard day we could all do with a wind down. This is one of my favourite ways of shutting out the world. Run a nice warm bath (with some bubbles,) get some candles lit around the bath and just relax.

In our flat its silent, and silence is bliss. But if your home is not so quiet, try putting the radio on to drown out any background sound!

Let know how you like to clear your mind and de-stress or if you are trying some of these things for the first time!

Charlotte x