7 Clear Mind Tips You Can Use Everyday to Create Content
Do you ever feel like there’s an overwhelming fog rolling over the creative parts of your mind? If you had a way to clear it away you could create some pretty epic things for your business or blog?
I know how that is. I spent years stuck in a fog that comes in waves, but when I figured out key things I could do to clear my mind and create a better environment - both inside and outside my body - it was like a damn broke and suddenly I could access a million ideas daily.
I’ve compiled a list of 7 things I use daily to create a clear mind. If you do any of these, I’d love if you’d comment below and tell me of some others I don’t know about.
Now let’s get down to business.
Here are a few tips to create a clear mind and help you move closer to your goals
(I do not have any affiliates with companies in this list. I’m only recommending them because they worked for me.)
Clear Mind Tip #1: Go Outside
Anywhere outside is good, but the more green or water around you, the better.
I find that some time outside at a cafe is great for my creative muse. If I’m feeling reflective, I head to water.
Anywhere you go - make it be for you.
Just because water is something I think works, doesn’t mean it’s the same for you.
Fresh air is definitely necessary though. Research suggests that our minds thrive better when the outdoors are part of our daily routines. We become more alert, happier and healthier overall, so why not do something that makes you feel good?
Take some time every day and go outside to clear your mind.
Let the fresh air wipe away the fog clouding your head right now.
Clear Mind Tip #2: Meditation
Meditation is one of the most effective tools at your disposal.
And it’s free.
I learned about meditation when I was in Italy in the Fall of 2014. My college class was taught by an amazing teacher who showed us the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, while walking us through meditations during class.
It was there that meditation became a part of my life permanently.
Meditation is a short practice that can help you clear your mind, refocus on your task, and feel centered even during the roughest times.
More times than we realize we stop breathing. When we get angry or frustrated, sometimes even doing nothing - we stop breathing.
This epidemic damages your ability to think fully. Your flow is blocked, which means your ideas are limited.
And the way you fix that? Breathe with mediation.
I use Insight Timer for my daily practice, a free app with thousands of choices based on your interests.
If you want to make meditation a part of your routine, start out with 1-2 minutes, then move up to 5 minutes, then 10, then even more. Do what you can each day and you’ll see immediate effects. Use meditation when you’re feeling foggy, overwhelmed or angry - especially at work.
Meditation isn’t a practice that’s an “I wish I had time for that.” You wish you had time for breathing?
No. It’s as important as brushing your teeth before you leave the house in the morning, if not more important.
Clear Mind Tip #3: Essential Oils + Diffuser
They’re a new trend, I’m aware, but essential oils have been used for thousands of years.
The correct combination of essential oils can keep you awake, help you focus, lull you to sleep or make an environment that is your key to a successful life. Because we all know that for us to create beautiful things, we need to surround ourselves with things that inspire us, and help us open up to new ideas.
Essential oils can help with that.
I even used a breathing blend that took the place of my inhaler because it worked better.
It wasn’t until recently that I started using them in a diffuser, but I highly recommend it. Diffuse oils while you’re sleeping, working or meditating.
Use peppermint while you’re working for focus and attention.
Lavender is perfect for relaxation, while you’re doing yoga, meditating or taking a bath.
Eucalyptus is great when you’re sleeping to open your airways.
There are hundreds of concoctions you can make for any situation. Use different combinations for different seasons, or to create Hygge. (LINK)
It might not be the key to success for you, but it’s one more thing you can do to create a better environment.
Clear Mind Tip #4: Yoga
Yoga helps focus the mind.
A routine provides direction for my mind - although most of the time it’s “I can’t do this. What the hell was I thinking? Wait, she wants me to do what pose now?”
Still when I’m moving through the poses, my mind isn’t wandering. It’s focused on my movements, and time flies.
I have a clear mind at the end.
You can have the same, too.
Yoga seems to scare a lot of people.
“I’m not flexible enough…”
“That’s too woo woo for me…”
“I can’t do that…”
The thing about it though is that yoga is adaptable - the exact kind of mind/body exercise you need to create flow from blocks. Several people I’ve recommended yoga to or shown a few exercises have said that they feel better almost instantly.
If you’re looking for a program that you can do at home and isn’t too strenuous or difficult, try Yoga with Adrienne ( LINK).
Not only does it provide clarity for your mind, but it’s fantastic for all aspects of your body.
Clear Mind Tip #5: Writing
You don’t need any skills to write down your thoughts.
It’s something that’s flexible, and a great outlet for your frustrations, fears and desires.
I keep a small journal with me and write down one lesson I learn every single day. Recently I started writing down my intentions and three goals in the morning, and writing my wins at night.
The start of your day is important. What better way to spend it than creating a powerful beginning that leads to a successful end.
A few different writing practices for a clear mind:
- Setting intentions and goals in the morning.
- Emptying your mind of fears, anxiety and worries for the day before you start
- Writing down all your accomplishments or frustrations at night
- Write a letter to your future self about what’s happening now and some things you want them to remember
- Write a letter from your future self who is living in your ideal situation
- Write everything, even if it’s nothing. Empty every non-thought until you’re through the weeds and substantial thoughts are coming through
Clear Mind Tip #6: Brain Octane Oil
Brain Octane Oil is a natural performance booster that is derived from coconut oil, created by Bulletproof. It’s 18x stronger than coconut oil at delivering caprylic fatty acids to your brain. These fatty acids are responsible for cognitive energy, focus, concentration, and reduced “brain fog”.
I was hesitant to try this since I’m not a fan of supplements, but I do like the natural boosters that give your body the boost it needs.
This one definitely had an effect on my mind.
I used to snack so much throughout the day and my brain fog was overwhelming. I was eating healthy, sleeping 7+ hours per night and exercising but I felt fatigued. Some of this I attributed to stress, but I was over feeling that way, so I gave this oil a shot.
Over a few weeks I noticed the subtle changes in my mind and body. I didn’t crave food very much anymore, started eating only when I felt hungry, was full of energy, and slept better. I didn’t feel tired anymore and I had focus again.
If anyone wants to give it a shot, I definitely recommend it.
Clear Mind Tip #7: Sleep
Captain Obvious, right?
(I met him by the way!)
No, but seriously.
Sleep is one of the most obvious things we need, yet don’t fully place importance on.
It’s those all-nighters in college. Those late nights binging Netflix or partying the night away. It’s the early morning rise for work and the shitty day that follows.
Mind fog rolls in and no amount of coffee can make better.
Your sleep is pivotal for a clear mind.
- Don’t have any lights on - yes, that means no TV or phone while sleeping.
- Diffuse essential oils for respiratory needs or relaxation while you sleep.
- Train yourself to sleep on your back - I did this by turning my legs to the side, since I’m a side sleeper and laying on my back until I could fully move on my back.
- Meditate yourself into sleep - The Insight Timer app has a ton to choose from.
- Do yoga before bed.
- Lift weights before bed - I do weights at the gym and it gives the best night sleep. Give it a shot.
- Sleep is our brain’s way of dealing with the stresses of the day. It helps our memory. If we don’t have it, we can’t work toward those big dreams we have.
Do you have any other tips you recommend to clear the mind?
I would love to hear what your go-to's are and how they help you create content. Share them with us in the comment section below.
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