Though cleaning up the house may be the first thing that comes to mind when hearing “spring cleaning,” a recent article written by Shelley Emling for AARP urges readers to try and “spring-clean” their minds as well.
Follow these simple steps to help clear away those cobwebs:
1. Unplug from negative news. A 2013 study by UC Irvine researchers found that six or more daily hours of exposure to media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings in the week afterward was linked to much greater stress than having been at or near the marathon…The takeaway? Step away from the screens. Take a 24-hour break from media.”
2. Make a list. Make many lists. “Lists are akin to a Container Store for your mind. By writing out a to-do list – whether it’s a to-list for the week or the year – you are preventing your brain from being filled with everything you need to do and remember. With so many things vying for your attention, it can be impossible to stay focused.”
3. Make your bed. A study by the National Sleep Foundation found that those who make their bed every day are 19 percent more likely to get a good night’s sleep every night than those who don’t.
Read the full article: Spring-Clean Your Mind
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