You know that feeling you get when the thoughts in your head are spinning so fast that you feel like your head might just explode?
That feeling when there’s too much going on in all aspects of your life and you are not even sure where to start.
I know how that feels too.
I have like one million things to worry about from school, to career, to my family and even relationships.
Blogging especially can be particularly stressful not to talk of other responsibilities that popup from nowhere. And I know a lot of us can relate to these problems.
The good news is that I found a method that works efficiently when I feel overwhelmed.
It is called braindumping and it’s so easy to do.
What is braindumping?
Braindumping is basically transferring all of the thoughts on your mind to a notepad. It’s a mental self care method that works great for decreasing stress and improving productivity.
The truth is, your mental health is important and it affects you generally. If you don’t feel good mentally, chances are that it would affect you mentally. Which is why taking care of your mental health should be a priority.
I have also noticed that when my brain feels disorganized and cluttered, my room and even my dress sense is disorganized as well. And I tend to be less productive in such times.
Braindumping is a method I have used to stay on track both mentally and physically.
How to braindump
To be honest, There are no rules when it comes to braindumping. Some people prefer to be very organized when Braindumping while others like me just tend to pour out their thoughts on paper.
In this article though, I would be sharing how I do my own Braindump. You can choose to follow my method until you find one that is most convenient for you.
1) Get a journal /note pad:
You can buy yourself a fancy journal or a simple notepad. Like I said there are no rules. Moreover, you are writing for yourself and not for anyone else.
Using a fancy journal helps. It’s my opinion. It just makes you feel the vibe to write more.
You can also use your phone. There’s a long list of journalling apps. However, I’m not a fan of using a phone for braindumping. I find it very distracting.
I prefer to have a pen and a book. That way I only focus on the empty sheet before me.
2) Write down your thoughts:
I used to be afraid to write my thoughts on paper when I first started. Because what if someone sees the silly things I think and worry about?
Eventually, I got used to it and I found it surprisingly calming. P.s, the easiest way to write is to write.( Lol yeah. )
Just do it. Write everything you are thinking about like you are talking to a friend. You don’t have to worry about the length, just write till your mind feels empty.
Then, take a deep breath.
Breathe in, breathe out.
3) Organize your thoughts:
Take a moment to read through whatever you have written before organizing bthemm
To organize my thoughts, I create different lists. Don’t worry, it’s nothing serious.
I just write a To do list for each day. And sometimes I make to do list for the week. I fill the list with tasks from my brain dump.
I find that my brain dump is usually filled with lists of things I’m supposed to do but I don’t probably because of procrastination.
You can organize them based on categories.
It’s your choice.
4) Create a gratitude log:
One thing I do after organizing is writing a gratitude log. Especially if my braindump feels a bit too negative.
Some thoughts are more or less worries with no solution.
Instead of displacing the emotions, I try to work on converting my negatives to positive.
For worries with solutions, I create plans to solve them. For worries without solution, I convince myself that I don’t need to worry about it if I can’t solve it.
Gratitude journalling is something I have come to love. All you have to do is write out 3-5 things you are grateful for everyday. It could be having great friends or a supportive family.
I am grateful for the people that read my blog posts.
I am grateful for life and for great friends.
I am grateful for having shelter over my head.
Some tasks are more pressing than the others. The last thing I do is to create a priority list.
I go through my to do list and I pick out tasks with deadlines. It’s usually the tasks that makes me feel most anxious.
I try to reduce my priorities to 3-4 per day so I can pay more attention to it.
Most times we stress over things we can’t control and it’s mostly because we have too much on our minds. Braindumping can help you identify what the things you think about are and if they are worth worrying about.
There are so many other benefits of Braindumping. Although it might seem a bit dramatic, I Implore you to try it out.
Like I said, you don’t need to follow my method. You just need to experiment and find out what works better for you.
I hope that you find this article helpful.
P.s seriously brain dump. Everybody needs it.