The Shocking Connection Between Mental Overload and Creativity


Believe it or not, idleness can make you more appealing unlike an individual with mental overload. Really? Yes!  I read recently about a study that insinuates that mental clutter suppresses creativity while freeing your mind encourages originality.

I must say I totally agree with this study. Can you imagine what happens when your mind is occupied with wandering thoughts and distressing concerns? Well, the speed at which you respond to real issues around you will surely be a lot slower compare someone who has no care in the world (“happy-go-lucky”) who will be quicker in coming up with innovative responses.

An individual with mental overload must sift through the mental clutter before coming up with a suggestion in real-time. We all find ourselves from time to time in this position where we carry more than our mental faculty is designed for. However, you can learn how to release yourself from mental overload by exploring some effective guidelines for reflection and other intuitive experiences.

Lowering Mental Overload Through Reflection

  1. Be true to yourself. Sometime disturbing thoughts come to mind and as quickly as they come, you find yourself pushing it away. You may push them away but they are not gone forever, it is best to bring such to the surface and deal with them for your healing. Pushing disturbing thoughts away is like brushing dirt under the carpet… one day, the truth will come out. The moment you catch a glimpse of your baggage, take the necessary step deal with it.
  2. Examine your body. Human body can portray a good reflection of how one is feeling on the inside. Your body will always guide you to how to find your flow, be attentive to it. For example, be aware of the circumstances that tend to make you to lower your shoulders and release your jaw.
  3. Concentrate on your breathing. Easy breathing techniques is an effective way of becoming more mindful. Become conscious of the air you breathe in, as it passes in through your nostrils and flows through your body. Devote as much time exhaling as inhaling.
  4. Foster simplicity. Sometimes we can’t help but complicate things by taking on too much responsibilities. Imagine your mind as a pool of water and you can see the ripples. As the ripples settle, you can now see under the surface. What can possibly happen if you decide to stop for few minutes or hours and put aside the housework and worries about those bills? Simplify your life and hook up with your ambitions and dreams…you deserve it!
  5. Be grateful. Wherever you are right now in life, be very grateful for many are not there yet. Don’t just live in limbo but connect with the present moment by spotting those things and people in your life that you’re grateful for. Celebrate the fact that you’re alive today to once again smell the morning coffee and hear sound of children laughing.

Lowering Mental Overload Through Other Activities

  1. Write things down. Make it a habit to write a to do list onto paper or use calendar app on your smart phone every day. Once you have things written down, you can live your life without worrying that you’ll miss your next important appointment.
  2. Play games. Games are good way of disconnecting and taking well deserve break! Have you noticed how you lose track of time when you’re busy playing board games with friends or family? Taking a break from work can help you to return more refreshed.
  3. Be more active. An afternoon run or walk or even a visit to the gym is an excellent way of decluttering your mind. Physical exercises don’t just burn calories, they’re also effective ways of and releasing stress.
  4. Keep your hands busy. Rhythmic movements are great way of generating innovative ideas, as it helps you tap into your unconscious mind. Knit a hat, write short stories or play a musical instrument. Leave the food processor and chop those vegetables for dinner or paint the wall in your bedroom.
  5. Slow down. If running too many programs at a time makes your computer less effective, think what excess multitasking does to your brain. Try to immerse yourself in a single task while you remember your purpose.
  6. Take a nap. This may not be for everyone, however, if you can fall asleep easily during the day without disrupting the quality of your nightly slumbers, napping could be for you. Studies show that a brief sleep enhances memory formation. According to some research, people who nap also tend to live longer.
  7. Turn off your phone. I don’t know about you but my phone is my biggest distraction! Whilst some distractions are beyond your control, you phone is within your control and you must save yourself and maintain your sanity by turning off your phone for that important “me time”. Disconnect your devices for an hour or more each day and give yourself quiet time to invigorate your creativity and think on a deeper level.

Mental overload is tiring and makes you less creative and less effective. If you want to succeed in life, you need to be creative and be active. A loaded mind does not have room to be creative, therefore try thinking less and train your mind to become clear so that the creativity and efficiency can skyrocket.

About the author: A wife, mother, worshiper, writer and a business woman of integrity. An advocate for life purpose and passionate about women living their lives to the fullest and on purpose – making impact… having fun whilst earning a living. Remi Badozi is a life purpose coach who empowers women to live purposeful and leverage the power of the internet. Founder and creator of Life Purpose Matters.

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