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Personal agency

Personal agency

Creating a clear, more focused mind starts by making decisions about how we spend our time every day.

When those choices are in line with our values, interests, and passions, this is referred to as personal agency.

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Being present

When people notice that their mind is racing or they start to become anxious, they are typically thinking about something in the past or in the future.

  • It is normal for the mind to wander. If this happens, gently return your awareness to your breathing and come back to the present.
  • To refocus on the here and now, you can start by noticing the sensations in the body. If you are compassionate with yourself and approach the practice with curiosity, openness, and forgiveness, you will be more likely to try it again.

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Try the Bullet Journal method

Try the Bullet Journal method

Studies have found that jotting down thoughts in a journal can improve well-being.

The Bullet Journal is an organizational system but also an exercise in mindfulness — one that requires you to continually re-evaluate how you are investing your time and energy and then decide whether those things are worth it.

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Reduce information overload

Choose just one or two reliable sources and read them at a specific time each day. For example, you can listen to a news roundup podcast while commuting to work or read a newspaper at breakfast.

We have all been inundated by a relentless news cycle, a fire hose of information coming at us, that can leave us feeling anxious, angry, or even helpless.

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Declutter your physical space

Declutter your physical space

Messy spaces tend to prevent clear cognitive thinking.

It has a distorting effect that can bleed into other aspects of a person’s life — not only their emotions but their productivity.

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Reconnect with the people you love

If there are people you care about whom you have lost touch with, don’t be shy about getting back in touch, she urged.

We need the support and levity of people who make us feel good. It might even inspire a “chain of positivity” where the person you contacted feels inspired to do the same with others.

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