Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking

Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking

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  • October 17, 2016 at 1:27 am
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    101 of 106 people found the following review helpful
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    THE DEFINITIVE BOOK FOR CLEANING UP “MENTAL CLUTTER” HOLDING YOU BACK!, August 23, 2016
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    Scott B. Allan (Okayama City, Japan) –

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    I have been a victim of “monkey mind” for as long as I can remember. Years ago, when I tried to get a better handle on the events that were controlling my life, I focused on the external forces that I was sure had everything to do with my success [and failure] in life. If I was happy, something made me happy. If I was sad or depressed, something else made that happen, too. In my quest to gain greater control of my own life I realized that the thoughts I was creating every moment had everything to do with the quality of life I would experience at any given moment. Getting to the point, “Declutter Your Mind” is a powerful book on gaining total control of your mind, environment and shaping the future as you want it to be and not just relying on life to happen as it should.

    In their third book in this series, Steve [Scott] and Barrie [Davenport] have written a book that targets one of the most critical areas we all struggle with: a life full of clutter. As they point out from the intro, your thoughts create reality, from stress and productivity to feeding into emotions, we can control and direct our thoughts to work for us instead of against us.

    The book kicks off with the 4 causes of mental clutter:
    • Stress
    • The Paradox of Choice
    • Too Much Stuff
    • The Negativity Bias

    The next section gives us four mental declutter habits that add serious weight to both physical and mental health. The first is “Focused Deep Breathing” where we learn the full value of focusing on deep breathing on a regular basis. The second is “Meditation” and the authors say “we suggest meditation as a tool to help you train your mind and control your thoughts.” Steve and Barrie introduce the simple 11-step process to use for building the mediation habit. Next is the “Reframe All Negative Thoughts” habit. Here you will learn the “six strategies you can use throughout your day to break the pattern and begin taming your mind.” Finally we have the “Teach Your Old Mind New Tricks” habit. Here we have four great strategies for gaining greater control of your thoughts instead of being a slave to them.

    Honestly, I was sold on this book after the first chapter. The 4 Mental Habits are enough to add incredible value to your life. But there are three more sections that add more weight:

    Part 2 is about “Decluttering Your Obligations” and determining the Core Values as, according to the authors, “one of the simplest ways to eliminate mental clutter and live a more fulfilling life is to define your values and guiding principles for your life.” In this section we learn four awesome strategies for nailing your life values, clarifying priorities, Mindful Goal Setting with Quarterly Smart Goals, and Connecting Goals to Passions.

    Part 3, Decluttering Your Relationships, is the section of this book I needed the most. Because relationships are largely responsible for driving many people into stressful fits of rage, from kids to parents to friends, you don’t want to miss this part. Declutter Your Relationships introduces 4 Relationship Strategies guaranteed to improve, empower and strengthen your communication with people. On every level you can have relationships that function in a healthier way. Steve and Barrie show us that by being mindful of others, we develop deeper levels of empathy and emotional control.

    Part 4 is about simplifying your surroundings. Where you spend the most time has a huge impact on your happiness and state of mind. This section has enough juice in it to make your living space a business powerhouse if you clean it up. As the authors state: “When your environment is cluttered, the visual chaos restricts your ability to focus.”

    This section will show you step-by-step how to
    • clean up your home
    • minimalize your digital life
    • spend more quality time with friends and family
    • learn to relax more and avoid a life a busy-ness all the time
    • simplify your distractions to avoid procrastination
    • simplify your daily actions

    Declutter Your Mind has a strong focus on Mindfulness, and how we can tap into our greater selves to create a life of relaxation, peace, serenity and freedom. In a world of increasing complexities, schedules stacked up, and distractions controlling our lives, there has never been a better time than now to start “decluttering” your mind [and your life].

    — An added bonus to the book at the end are is a 400-word list of values so you can choose the values for evaluating your current quality of life.–

    **So what’s the final word on Declutter Your Mind?**
    The book is, as expected, written in a way that readers can start implementing the strategies and habits right away. The language is concise and…

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  • October 17, 2016 at 1:34 am
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    55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
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    How to improve… everything, August 23, 2016
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    I am from Germany so please don’t kill me for mistakes. De cluttering your mind isn’t my first book by Steve Scott so I already knew I can expect something good. He never fails to help me improving my life.
    De cluttering your mind consists of 4 parts: thoughts, life obligations, relationships and surroundings. This is a perfect order to actually declutter successfully because only when your head is free you can tackle other obstacles. This book isn’t just telling you that you should change something but it shows you strategies on how to do it. I havent had the time yet to try themy out yet but there are several strategies so everyone can find the right one and I know from previous books that they really work.

    You aren’t too lazy, busy or old to change your life. Just grab this book and get started. If I can do it, everyone can.

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  • October 17, 2016 at 2:31 am
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    Written for the Overwhelmed, September 20, 2016
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    MS

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    I’ll start this review with my subjective opinion of the book’s shortcomings:
    1. The author doesn’t mention using exercise as a technique against mind clutter.
    I know that exercising isn’t a method to declutter your mind per se, but neither is gratitude journaling. And that was indicated as one of the ways you can deal with clutter in your head.
    I was surprised by this “omission”, because I know that S.J. is a fitness nut (compared with to the majority of the population); this maniac runs marathons.
    Two advantages of exercising that come to mind off the top of my head: it reduces stress, and it provides you the time to think through your issues.
    Exercises were mentioned many times throughout the book, but never as a one of the main remedies against mind clutter.
    2. Divorcing to reduce mind clutter.
    I guess it’s a cultural thing. My worldview doesn’t include the possibility of divorce. Period. For me, this section of the book equated to the planning of murder in cold blood, while considering its pros and cons.
    Barrie and Steve were first to admit that “Letting go of any relationship is not a quick proposition”, but they included this section in the book anyway. It sent some cold shivers down my spine.
    That’s a very short list of “shortcoming.” The list of benefits this book offers is much longer.

    Here’s a few I’ve highlighted:
    1. A wide range of ways to tackle “voices in your head” are described.
    Having now read about organizing your space to reduce “digital clutter”, I agree it is a very sensible approach to reduce the number of impulses that stimulate your monkey brain. When the authors systematically explain how those things contribute to your mind clutter, it’s obvious. However, I wouldn’t have thought about this on my own.
    In addition, other sections made immediate perfect sense, like improving one’s self-talk.

    2. There is detailed and methodical advice about the “voices in your head.”
    This topic does seem a little woo doesn’t it? Voices in Your Head. Yet I’m amazed how down-to-earth this book was for me. It’s hard to explain without reading the content.
    To aptly illustrate the ease of applying the book’s content: the day after reading it, I performed the “loving meditation” technique described inside.

    3. You can easily identify the parts which will be useful.
    I think this is the biggest strength of “Declutter Your Mind”.
    Each piece of advice stands alone; a small part that can be taken and applied without reference to the rest. Each piece of instruction is clear and to the point. You will find little to no fluff in this book.
    Because of how separate parts of the book are organized, you can read the Table of Contents, open only the part that refers to your situation (e.g. you have problems with self-talk or relationships) take a few pearls from that part and immediately implement them.
    I’ve read the whole book only because I was interested how the authors tackled such a big and seemingly mysterious subject. But I could have had major benefit from reading only the part about relationships, as that is an area in which I experience some troubles.

    4. This book is written for the overwhelmed.
    I’m astounded how well “Declutter Your Mind” is organized. The instructions are highly detailed too.
    Considering the wide range of techniques and suggestions offered, it might be thought that a ‘cluttered mind’ would go into overload. Not so. At each step you receive detailed step-by-step advice on how to clean up untidiness in your head.
    You’ll find this book a treasure if you struggle with in-your-head noise. You’ll be armed with a whole arsenal of loaded anti-clutter weapons.

    5. There are many personal stories.
    This is why I love self-publishing. This book doesn’t preach theory, it illuminates good practice.
    Barrie and Steve struggled with these issues like any of us (and they still struggle occasionally), and they’ve shared their experience in a relatable way. Their stories make it easier to retain their lessons

    6. I identify with their methods.
    Mind clutter is an issue that spills into all areas of life. As an author and coach, I regularly prescribe many of the methods indicated in this book: gratitude journaling, writing things down, journaling and more. I know that they work; I’ve experienced this firsthand, and confidently vote for their approach.

    In summary: This book is a gem for people overwhelmed by the number of things they have to juggle on a daily basis (which seems like everyone on this whole crazy planet).
    You can take “Declutter Your Mind”, target your problem areas and immediately apply the solutions given.
    Grab this book now:…

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  • October 17, 2016 at 2:42 am
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    I Really Appreciate This Book!!, October 15, 2016
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    Michle

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    This Kindle e-book is an excellent read if you suffer from any type of anxiety and or depression. It is very thorough, and goes into everything from “what is anxiety’, how to spot the symptoms, what you can do, who you should see , ways to overcome cognitive distortions, how to meditate to help alleviate they symptoms of anxiety.Anxiety is a very major problem we all experience today. Most times i can’t even figure out the reason why i am anxious. This book was able to provide a detailed explanation to what anxiety is at the first chapter of the book.In the beginning of the book, I learned what anxiety and discusses the main symptoms and how the disease can disrupt the spiritual condition of the body. In the book the author tells the difference between panic attack and panic disorder. In one of the chapters described how to diagnose and treat this disease. The book is interesting and contains a lot of advice for those who are trying to get rid of this disease.
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  • October 17, 2016 at 3:20 am
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    What I like about this book is it gives you proven tips …, October 16, 2016
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    Anxiety kills everything and can consume you. What I like about this book is it gives you proven tips on how to overcome anxiety or avoid anxiety. This book also teaches you how to stay positive in life and how to deal with negative people.Anxiety has become a major problem in our contemporary world where we have so much to do and so many things to put our attention on. I really loved the way this book goes from identifying anxiety to its symptoms and the measures we can take to alleviate this condition. A great informative reading to all interested in this issue.
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  • October 17, 2016 at 4:16 am
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    A good book about anxiety, October 15, 2016
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    Lai

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    Anxiety is very difficult to deal with. Good thing there is this book which talks about how to overcome it. i have learned that anxiety is a mind over matter issue, and that even if it is also physical, the mind Is the key to overcoming struggles. It is also important that we practice words of affirmation and find ways to challenge our worries and laugh at them when negative invades our mind. This book teaches us tips and techniques on how to break free from the Beast within.
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