3 Ways to Declutter Your Mind

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Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 196

There are many things that can clutter your mind—worrying about the future, rehashing the past, second-guessing your decisions, and thinking about how you’re being perceived.

All of those thoughts running through your head make it difficult to concentrate on what’s in front of you right now. Those cluttered thoughts can also make it difficult to enjoy the moment.

Maybe you’re having dinner with a friend and all you can think about is your to-do list. Or perhaps it takes 30 minutes to send an email because you keep questioning how to word each sentence.

There are several reasons why our brains feel cluttered sometimes. Depression can cause us to ruminate on the past. Anxiety can cause you to worry about the future. Traumatic experiences can cause you to always be on the lookout for danger

But a diagnosable mental health condition isn’t always the culprit. Having a stressful life or a busy day can also lead to repetitive and unhelpful thoughts.

Regardless of the reason, it’s tough to feel mentally strong when your brain is filled with thoughts that aren’t helpful.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to manage your thoughts in a helpful way. In this episode of The Verywell Mind Podcast, I share three strategies that can declutter your mind today. They’re simple but effective strategies you can start implementing right now.

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By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.