You’ve done your spring cleaning to clear all the cobwebs from your living space, so why not do the same thing for your overworked brain? Unless you live under a rock, it’s tough to avoid mental clutter completely. But having too much weighing on your mind can make it hard to focus. Not to mention how it leaves you feeling stressed, anxious and overwhelmed.
The good news is that you don’t need to head off to a weekend retreat in the woods or spend hours meditating to give your brain a break. Even simple exercises can help you clear your cranium and get you back to baseline — and they only take a few minutes. Here are eight simple and effective ones that you can try anytime at all. (Ahem, how about right now?)