Anxieties are high right now, and things seem to change on a daily basis (and yet somehow not change at all). I’m finding it helpful to do morning and evening brain dumps.
If you’ve never done a brain dump, or aren’t sure about how to do one, see this how-to. It’s really simple: get a big piece of paper, and write down everything that’s swirling around in your mind. Don’t try to categorize or label anything; that will come later. Right now just get it all out in front of you.
Write down all your tasks, nagging thoughts, things you need to remember, and any plans. When you have it all out in front of you, then you can write your categorized lists, prioritize important tasks, and outline any projects.
Doing a brain dump in the morning helps my mind catch up to my new reality and helps me feel more in control. I can see what I need to do and adjust to my new schedule and routines. Doing another brain dump in the evening lets me clear my mind and relax before bed.
Sometimes my brain dump turns into a worry dump. That is okay. A lot of people are worried about a lot of things right now, and the worries can change frequently. Write down everything you are worried about. After you get it all out, divide the list into things you can control, and things you can’t. Write action steps for the things you can control. This will help you feel more empowered, and an action plan will give you direction.