5 Ways to Clear Clutter and Clear Your Mind

During a crisis, it's often hard to focus. The psychological aspects, opens a new window include confusion, anxiety, and a feeling of loss of control. Clearing and organizing mental and physical spaces can set the stage for greater clarity so you can focus on things that matter. Here are 5 things you can do right now. 

  1. Understand the effects stress has on your mind and body. The King County Library System's (KCLS') online streaming movie service, Kanopy, opens a new window, offers many educational Great Courses videos. In How to Make Stress Work for You, opens a new window you'll learn stress management with science-backed behavior modification and cognitive exercises with Dr. Kimberlee Bethany Bonura.

  2. Exercise. KCLS' streaming service, hoopla, opens a new window, offers exercise videos from gentle yoga to cardio workouts designed to make you sweat. Choose one that's right for you.

  3. Read. KCLS' digital collection of eBooks and audiobooks, opens a new window to titles for learning about and managing stress. Search for books on stress, opens a new window, mindfulness, opens a new window, and meditation, opens a new window to get started.

  4. Organize. Clutter is a visual stress. Get tips and advice on organizing, opens a new window and clutter clearing, opens a new window from our digital collection. Take small steps. 

  5. To organize your physical space, work on one area of one room for 15 minutes a day. Remember to take some time for yourself to relax and breathe. 

If you are struggling, please reach out to King County's Crisis Connections, opens a new window.