While it’s important to rest the body, it’s equally important to rest the mind too. A new study showed that the average person will typically have more than 6,000 thoughts in a single day. This new research into the human brain was conducted by a team of psychology experts at Queen’s University in Canada. Just think about it, 6,200 thoughts a day! No wonder it’s so hard to sleep at night.
Too many thoughts often leads to confusion as well. The mind is the enemy’s battlefield and he uses it quite cleverly against us.
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:33 (KJV)
The Lord also wrote:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
Yet, it is hard to train the mind to continuously think of good, happy, pure thoughts. There’s so much stuff to deal with in our own lives: work, family, even the news doesn’t seem to be improving.
So, how do we clear our minds and give them a rest? Here’s 5 tips:
- Get out of the room you work in. Even though life is slowly returning to some sort of normalcy, most of us are still working from home. After you have done with your work for the day, walk away. Get into a different environment like walking outdoors. Sometimes, that will clear your brain and get you thinking of something pleasant. Or if you can’t get outside, try just going into another room and I’d suggest not bringing any paperwork into other rooms of your house. If you have a dedicated room for work, then leave all that there. If you just have a desk, then leave the work there. It’s best to keep it separated from home life.
- Don’t worry about the to-do list. My to-do list is actually a revolving one. I try to take care of the most important tasks, but if I can’t finish the full list, I roll it to the next day and I celebrate what I did accomplish that day. That’s one of the things that’ll keep you for the night is thinking of all the stuff the to-do list!
- Don’t try to be a perfectionist. This is a work in progress for me. I tell myself I don’t have to get it right all the time and I don’t have to beat myself up for my mistakes. I pray every morning for God to help me and a lot times He reminds me of things on the list I need to do even though I keep several planners with alerts!
- Make time for yourself. We have to do this as much as spending quality time with God. You have to have some downtime from the day-to-day activities. Block out some time to do something for yourself that you like to do even if it’s just laying down on the couch for an hour! My “me” time always helps rest my mind.
It is a day by day task to quiet down the mind and thoughts, but, it can be done and at the end of the day you and I will feel more relaxed especially when we let God take care of the stuff we can’t control.