Craig Guillot from CTW Features shared in a recent Daily Herald article that in the age of around-the-clock news coverage, social media and digitally connected lifestyles tied to mobile devices, it’s harder than ever to clear the mind. While it’s not always possible to eliminate the trappings of the modern world, experts say there are things people can due to reduce mental clutter and think more clearly.
Here are three effective ways to help clear your mind:
1. Reduce digital distractions
Digital devices and media are now one of the largest contributors of mental clutter. Psychologist Larry Rosen says in an article at Harvard Business Review that many people now have fears related to separation from technology. Rosen recommends using behavioral principles such as dedicated time periods and alarms to wean themselves from digital devices and forms of digital media. Start with a one-minute period every fifteen minutes then work towards increasing the time between “check ins” to reduce your habit and dependency. “Repeat this process until you are comfortable increasing your off-grid time to an hour or several hours,” Rosen says.
Rosen also recommends abstaining from viewing digital media for one hour before bedtime and to keep devices out of the bedroom. He says sleeping with a phone beside the bed can release neurotransmitters that energize the brain instead of promoting melatonin, which induces rest.