By Life overloads our senses with a barrage of sensations: information, sights, sounds and choices. We have portable devices that inform, entertain, update and connect. We are not designed to deal with so much information all at once. The noise keeps us from focusing on what matters, keeping us disconnected from the big picture.
Breath: Take a few deep breaths and relax. Concentrate on your breathing as it comes in and goes out of your body. This has a calming effect and allows other thoughts to float away.
Write it down: Pen down your thoughts. It helps to get them on paper and off your mind. This keeps your head from being filled with everything you need to do and remember.
List and prioritise: Tasks that are critical to do today, tasks that you need to do in the next 1-2 weeks — prioritise what’s urgent and important.
Eliminate: Now that you’ve identified the essential, identify what’s not essential and eliminate those items. It declutters your mind really fast.
Decide now: List the things which you are yet to decide. Stop procrastinating and tackle them.
Do a physical activity: Spending some physical energy clears the mind.
Reduce TV time: It fills your head with noise. By reducing it, you will find that you have time for the more important things in life.
Take a break: Short breaks during work hours will help you feel more re-energised and fresh.
Go slow: Life is not a race all the time. Do things one at a time. Relax and move at your own pace. As a result, your mind is less hassled.
Forgive and forget: Harbouring negative emotions of anger and frustration only add to the mental stress.
Chugh is a consultant psychiatrist. As told to Neyaz Farooquee