8 Ways to Clear Your Mind When It’s Feeling Overwhelmed

Do you ever find yourself stuck in a weird thought pattern, like you know there is a turning point ahead or among you but you’re really not sure what it means quite yet? I’m going to be turning thirty-four next week. I’m honestly kind of in a funk about turning thirty-four…even us positive folks get stuck in ruts and ugh moments…mine was lasting a whole week last week (I blame Mercury Retrograde) – it was a rough, emotional week man. This week, feeling freedom from the pull of the retrograde I’m left in wonder and cycling thoughts. I’ve had a lot of changes come into play over the last few months. Some material, some in life routines. I’ve purchased a new car (like new new which is a first for me and a bigger car payment than I admittedly wanted), taken on more responsibility at work, got a boyfriend (a serious boyfriend) and with that he brings two more kids to the table, I’ve been out of what I had established as my ‘norm’ for the past two years…it’s new, it’s exciting, and it’s scary all at the same time. Even good change is messy – a beautiful mess as we figure out what our new normal, our new routines should be. All of this coming into play right before I turn thirty-four. (Can you tell I’m stuck on that whole turning thirty-four thing?) These cycling thoughts leave me realizing how important it is to find my ground again even among the new found chaos (good chaos – but so busy!). Finding this ground for me means sorting my thoughts, allowing time for those thoughts and ideas to process out…discovering what this turning point means.

  1. Meditate
  2. Journal
  3. Do something artistic
  4. Get out in nature
  5. Yoga
  6. Sit alone
  7. Take a run or go for a walk
  8. Make some time for girl time

(In a getting older funk bonus tip): Make a list of all the wonderful things I did in my year thirty-three…get over that ‘I’m not where I want to be phase’ before I turn thirty-four by recognizing and celebrating all the things I have already done and accomplished.


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