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We all have that moment when we feel restless and unfocused, and this raises our stress levels.

And when we’re stressed, we might find it harder to achieve our goals — including our health goals such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating less char kway teow, exercising more or giving up smoking.

Clutter can be physical, like old books or clothes that we cling on to, but clutter can also be mental and emotional. A cluttered mind is easily distracted and can impact your mental and physical health.

How do we declutter our minds? Here are some quick and easy ways

Related: Declutter for Better Mental Health

1. Embrace To-do Lists

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You don’t have to store different bits of information in your brain. Information like appointments, contact details, passwords, goals, project lists, plans for the future can be recorded on paper, an app or an online tool.

This frees up your mind and eliminates any anxiety about forgetting things to be done. Spend 10 minutes of each evening planning your to-do list for the next day.

Ticking off things on the list will also give you a sense of accomplishment. Tackle your to-do lists with Todoist or time management system Things.

Related: How to Stop Procrastinating

2. Cut the Information Overload

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Feeling stretched for time and dropping too many balls? Filter out the unimportant and create space in your brain. Set a limit on the time spent on phone calls and surfing the Internet.

Related: Stuck in the Web

3. Let Go of the Negative

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Let go of any negative thoughts, and avoid negative people and places. If we crowd our minds with negativity, there is little room left for anything positive. Start by deliberately finding something positive in everyday situations, to train your mind to see the positive over the negative.

Related: Useful Life Hacks

4. Engage Auto-pilot

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Reclaim your focus by putting routine decisions on auto-pilot. Decision-making can take up a lot of time and mind space.

Schedule a fixed time for exercise so you don’t have to remember when to work out. Consider some default healthier choice options when you are dining out. That would save you from having to decide what to eat.

Related: 5 Healthier CBD Lunchtime Dining Options

5. Tidy up Your Physical Space

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Clear up your table, your cupboard. The act of clearing or putting things away makes life feel more manageable. Have a “home” for every object so you always know where each item goes and you’ll be able to put things away quickly.

If an entire cupboard is too much at one go, clear one category at a time.

Related: Organise Your Life

6. Toss Away Items

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One in, one out is a useful rule. When new items come into your life, remove at least one to two items, whether gifts, clothes, shoes, books or magazines. Toss out or recycle anything you haven’t used in the past three years. Keeping your things from piling up is also another way to keep clutter under control.

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