I'm on the same train of thought as last week's post on getting a new lease on life. Clearing my mind and getting a new lease on life seem quite similar. At one point yesterday afternoon, my mind was too full of details and I just felt off. My husband enthusiastically encouraged me to get myself out of the house and go for a walk before supper - even if it was just 10 minutes. And it worked! It was like it rebooted my mind and I could think more clearly. Too often I forget these little tricks. On this walk, I thought of other ways that I like to clear my mind. Here are some. Perhaps you have some to add too!
1. Turn off your computer. Get outside. Walk, bike, run, or just sit and listen to the birds, crickets, frogs, cicadas, rush of traffic. Jump in the water and float on your back.
2. Breathe. And think about it. In with the good, out with the bad (I learned this yesterday morning with my children at our church's VBS).
3. Hug someone. And mean it.
4. Drink some Nutella hot chocolate on a cool evening.
5. Write it down in a journal, letter, or scrap of paper to get the words out of your brain.
6. Create something with words, paper, fabric, paint, wood, leaves, flowers, yarn, fruit, pastry, chocolate, whatever.
7. Yell to the outdoors. This works really well if you live in the country and have few neighbours. In cities and towns, not so much.
8. Reboot your mind. Start a new train of thought and refuse to go down certain well-worn brain-paths.
9. Watch a great movie. Read a great book. The Help by Kathryn Stockett is a wonderful one for both categories this summer. Laugh or cry, or better yet, both.
10. Pray like someone's really listening.