7 Simple Ways You Can Take A Mental Break
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7 Simple Ways You Can Take A Mental Break

Helpful ways to clear your thoughts.

7 Simple Ways You Can Take A Mental Break
Mental Clarity

Everyone has moments, days or weeks where they need a mental break. A time to disconnect from the world for a little bit and just be. A time set aside to clear your mind from all of life's little irritations, moments of anxiety and days you don't feel like yourself. This week, in particular, we all need a mental break. It’s been a long and tiring week regardless. So I’ve compiled a list of things you should do to clear your mind whenever you need to take a step back from reality.

1. Nap

A nap is always a good place to start. I know we all have things to do, places to go and people to see, but even a quick nap can change a person’s mood and feel like an automatic re-start. It doesn't matter how long or short your nap is, but everyone deserves some extra zzs.

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2. Watch TV/ Movies

Whichever you choose, watching a good show or movie will take your mind off of the day. You can be equally entertained and consumed by it, helping you take that needed break. Pick something that supersedes your thoughts or anxiety, or a show you see yourself in. You won't be disappointed.

3. Take a walk.

I know that walking alone doesn't sound like a good, safe option; but if you are able to take a safe walk during the day I highly recommend it. A walk, not only good for your body can also help you think things over. Walking helps me settle my thoughts and if it is peaceful enough, clear my mind.

4. Sit in silence.

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I know this sounds weird, but it helps. Like a walk, sitting in silence helps settle your thoughts. It clarifies them and allows you to get to know yourself while not overthinking. Sitting alone also helps you get to know yourself better, learn more about who you are rather than who you would rather be.

5. Do laundry.

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I have found laundry to be calming, that is if there is a washer and dryer available. I find it calming because it is a mindless task that smells good and for some reason is satisfying.

6. Take a shower.

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Taking a shower is wonderful, it combines free thinking with warmth, maybe mild karaoke (if you’re not in a communal bathroom) and being clean. A shower seems like a place where time stands still and nothing matters. This may be one of the best ways to clear your mind and escape reality.

7. Call your mom/dad/family/friends/etc…

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Call anyone that you think would understand or listen, or just the person you want to talk to. It helps. I know that calling home sounds like an “emergency” type of call, but just hearing an understanding voice might be all that you need.

I hope these ideas help you when you need to take a mental break or just clear your mind!

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