Do you ever wish you could learn how to clear your mind? Do you ever feel like your brain has been put through a mangle, full of half thoughts, worrying conundrums, to do lists and responsibilities? Would you like to shout ‘STOP’ and let them trickle away, line up and those you need could re-enter quietly, in an orderly fashion? In this sensory-overloaded, first-world life we struggle to live in, this feeling can be all too common.
Sometimes it can feel like we don’t even get a proper chance to fully form our thoughts and ideas. That’s why it’s a really good idea to learn how to clear your mind, to learn some techniques to untangle, unwind, and refocus. For me, writing is a great way to do this.
1. Write freely: free form
It has been proven that writing things down can help you to organise your thoughts and prioritise jobs. Writing memoirs is also a good way to clear your conscience. But if you just want to give it some breathing space, then writing The Artist’s Way is a fabulous technique used to help you clear your mind on paper. Using three pages a day, you should handwrite your thoughts as they come. I can hear you already: You don’t have time to write three whole pages! Do it when you can! And remember, don’t worry about what you’re writing, nor reading it back afterwards, just release on to the page!
2, Speed writing
Speed writing really helps to loosen the mind and transfer some of that knotty energy out through the pen and on to the page. Write whatever words come to the pen, it doesn’t matter if they’re gobbledegook, regardless of order or meaning. Write as fast as you can and time yourself or write until you’re knackered, the paper runs out or you can’t write any more. By the end of say, ten minutes, you’ll feel drained, but lighter, hopefully!
3. Throw your problems away!
Another way is to write all your problems and negative thoughts on to a piece of paper, recognise them by reading them, perhaps discuss them one-by-one with a friend or partner, even with yourself – not worrying about them but genuinely discuss the pros and cons and then afterwards – throw them away! Literally, scrunch up the paper and chuck it in the bin. It may sound odd, but research has found people who threw their written problems and concerns away were less likely to be worried and consumed by them!