Last Sunday I sent out a post about how I woke up with a cluttered brain, and do you know what, I found some ways to un-clutter it that day…but over the week things got worse, and towards the end, this was the impact:
Quite frankly, I was grumpy!
By this point, I knew that to get unstuck I really need to DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT! So I did, and I wanted to share with you what worked, in case you ever find yourself in a similar place.
Called my coach for a session
You may have wondered…do coaches ever get coached? Well, of course we do! And thank goodness. I was able to bring my cluttered brain and all the things that went along with it and after a few focused questions, feel myself get calmer and more open.
What you can do: call a friend, call a coach, connect with a mentor to talk through where you’re at and where you actually want to be. If there isn’t anyone you can think of to talk to, consider the following questions: What is most important for me right now? What are the things that are getting in my way right now? Who am I being in this moment? Who do I need to be to clear out my head? What action am I ready to take right now to that will get me clear?
These days walking and skiing are my best activities. Even just a walk can make a big difference for clearing out the brain – and this can be enhanced by talking to yourself while you walk! When I start moving my body, particularly when I’m outside, experiencing the breeze in my hair, or even raindrops (or snowflakes) hitting my head, I feel more alive, and from there the “monkey” thoughts just seem to flow out of my head.
What you can do: Finish reading this post (:)) and then get up from your computer and go outside. No need for special shoes, outfit, etc. to make this happen. Just take 15 minutes and go. Obviously, if you’re able to do more and you know you get more out of a bike ride or a run, do that too, but most importantly “JUST DO IT!”.
Did a “brain dump”
What is this? Quite literally, I take out a piece of paper and pen or a blank file on my computer and I write down everything that is in my head. Sometimes it turns into a to-do list; other times more like journalling – but by the end the threads of thought are out of my head and somewhere I can look at them.
What you can do: Just try this! Grab a notebook, set a timer for 15 min and write down any thought that comes into your head for that 15 min. No judgement. Once you’re done, go back up the list and with a different pen, circle the things you need to take action on today. And remember it is better to feel successful than have a long list, so be strategic and choose only 1 or 2 things!
Decorated a cake with my family
It is my 10 year old’s birthday party this weekend, so I had a chance to help decorate the cake. This turned out to be a really fun activity that also helped me to get more clear! This was about connecting with family, doing something fun, and getting creative (check out the end result photo at the top of this post). Despite some stressful moments (AAAAHHH – will the cake fall over…the icing isn’t sticking properly…) it was a fun way to spend the evening and my whole head felt more calm and connected.
What you can do: go for coffee with a friend, get out your art supplies and make something creative, bake some muffins, go salsa-dancing with friends. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it is filled with something that brings you joy!
Went to bed early!
Getting enough sleep is really important to having a productive brain. When I woke up today I just felt so much more refreshed and ready to go.
What you can do: try this yourself. There is some research that shows if you go to bed earlier you actually sleep better. See what happens when you actually get into bed an hour earlier than usual!
I would love to hear if this has been helpful and if there are any other tips you can share that work for you!
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