3 Powerful Tips to Think Clearly

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Posted By Alex Perez - Mental Health Writer, B.A.

In life, there will be times when we will have to make critical decisions, and in these moments it is of critical importance to think clearly.  Since life is a matter of our choices, avoiding the hard choices is inevitable. Studies show by expert psychologists that the human brain has more than six thousand thoughts per day. The amount of time it takes to process thoughts is one hundred a fifty milliseconds. This amount of time to process thoughts is needed because of the overload of all happening around us.

How to Think Clearly

1. Unloading baggage

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Letting go of unnecessary weight frees our minds to think with clarity. Heavyweight accumulates from psychological trauma from our past. However, extra baggage can build up with the stress of our present or future anxieties. These anxieties can cause depression or sudden outbursts over the slightest trigger. Defense mechanisms, a brain’s way of protecting us, can turn against us hyperactively.

Suicidal thoughts can manifest, which gets in the form of clear and reasonable thinking. Heavy depression can cause not just harmful physical effects but can impair memory and attention span. Trying to think clearly with all of this clutter causes a major cognitive function clog, leading to short-sighted thinking and analysis paralysis. We can release tension and baggage by learning to sit with the pain, anger, and sadness.

Acknowledging we have a problem and that it’s ok to have these feelings doesn’t make someone a bad person. Don’t bury the issues and let them rot. Embrace them the right way. Baggage isn’t a person’s essence, but a foreign invader only wanting the worst.

2. Controlling emotions

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According to studies, humans have twenty-seven types of emotions. Emotions play a vital role in how we think and behave. Emotional responses drive the most immediate decisions. However, that can lead to cataclysmic effects. Typically our brain prompts emotions as a way to respond to urgent situations quickly, but if not put in check, the lines can get blurred to how positive and negative emotions are handled. To better control our emotions and respond appropriately, we must understand that we cannot be without emotion.

Every reaction is rooted in two types of emotions hard-wired into our brains. These two types are called incidental and integral emotions. Incidental emotions are thought processes based on a mood unrelated to decision-making. Integral emotions are what we feel from the choice itself. We can control our emotions is to pausing and assessing a situation. This allows us to weigh out the pros and cons of choice. Narrowing options will enhance focus on priority over overthinking and assuming. A method that makes this concrete is to put it in writing.

3. Mitigating outside noise

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Life can be boisterous when it wants to. Science shows that our cognitive functions fall apart when exposed to high decibels of 95 or higher. Cognitive functions are mental learning abilities such as problem-solving, reasoning, and remembering. When intense sound waves disturb our brain, it short circuits, causing mental workload and visual sensory to diminish. It is estimated that twenty-two million workers in the united states are exposed to hazardous noises. The world is too noisy for our good.

Besides noise measured by decibels, there is another type of sound wave that can hinder internal growth in life. Ignorant opinions from family and friends, advertising suggesting that everything we do is not good enough, and toxic secondhand drama from other people’s lives can be just as damaging to us. The way to mitigate too much outside noise is not to silence the whole world but to accept a truth that humbles all of us. We must admit that we can’t change everything and everyone’s sound patterns.

We must know when to walk away from the noises that disturb our mental health and be ok with that. Being comfortable spending time alone is a must if we want to lower the volume of toxic songs. It is essential to be social. We are born to be social, but seeking solitude is where we can find answers internally throughout the chaotic noises.

Nearly one in five adults in the United States suffers from mental health issues. Most of the time, mental health is disregarded as nothing more than a phase that comes and goes. That is not the case with all the information provided in this article. Luckily we have resources that we can utilize to combat these deterrents that keep us from thinking clearly.

About the author

My name is Michael Colon born and raised in New York City. I am writing two fiction novels, and I love writing short stories. In addition, I blog about thought-provoking, inspirational, and reflective content for my readers.

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