A cluttered mind

A cluttered mind

It can make navigating even the most basic parts of our day exceedingly stressful and frustratingly inefficient.

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Mindfulness
It is the habit of being aware of and noticing our own minds and the world around us, without judgment.
It strengthens 2 essential mental muscles: metacognition (watching our own minds at work) and attentional shifting (the ability to deliberately refocus our attention away from one object and onto another).
A Consistent Organizational System

It is an external strategy for keeping track of what we need to do and accomplish.

By creating and maintaining a reliable organizational system, we give ourselves the best possible chance of efficiently processing the day-to-day Have-Tos, so that we have sufficient time and energy to focus on the Want-Tos (the things that really matter to us).

Emotion-focused Journaling

Simply write about and articulate whatever is going on in your life emotionally, big or small. The key is to write continuously without any censoring or editing.

You'll be more aware of your emotions, and able to acknowledge and validate them rather than impulsively reacting so as to avoid them.

Deliberate Worry

It is a practice for training our minds out of the tendency toward automatic worry and rumination. The basic idea is to schedule a short amount of time every day to worry on purpose.

By creating a consistent time and space for our brains to worry, we discourage them from worrying intrusively during inopportune times throughout the day.

Assertiveness

It means being direct and straightforward in what we say and do, setting effective and healthy boundaries and asking for what we want or need.

When we aren’t able or willing to be assertive we end up living other people’s lives rather than our own.

Deep Work

It is the ability to perform valuable, cognitively-demanding activities in a distraction-free state.

It allows us to operate at or near the upper bounds of our cognitive potential—which is essential to doing our best work. 

Essentialism

It is based on the idea that only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.

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Staying mentally strong and healthy

Prevention is the best medicine. It is really difficult to pull out of negative spirals once we've fallen into them.

  • It's hard to pull out of a major depressive episode once we're in the habit of beating ourselves up.
  • It's hard to stop worrying once we've started imagining all the worst possible outcomes.

Not that pulling out of these problems is impossible. It isn't. But it can be a struggle. Life can be much better if we can creatively avoid these negative cycles in the first place.

Powerful Mental Health Habits from a Professional Psychologist

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Worrying about the future

Worrying is the mental habit of trying to solve a problem that either can’t be solved or isn’t really a problem. 

It gives us the illusion of control. Worrying about it won’t change things. But it will lead to a lot of anxiety.

6 Subtle Habits That Are Sabotaging Your Happiness | Nick Wignall

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Do‘s and don‘ts when handling your emotions

Handling your emotions in times of great distress can be one of the most difficult obstacles one could face in life. When facing your emotions you must be able to recognize what will help you recover and what will cause you to go into a downward spiral. Emotions are complex and effect us all differently, these ideas are from my own rockbottom experience.

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