Clearing clutter in your life is essential. Physical clutter can cause, unease, stress, anxiety and depression. Mental clutter is common for most people and results in a restless, unfocused mind. This sort of clutter revolves around fear, worry, guilt, keeping mental to do lists, ruminating about the past and negative self-talk. Clutter in any form, causes undue stress and creates road blocks to living your best life. Physical and mental clutter are intertwined.
Here are steps you can take to declutter your mind and environment.
Declutter your home. Donate, sell or toss items you haven’t used in 6 months or more. If this seems daunting, choose one room - one area of that room if necessary, and clear it out. Still too much? Set a timer and when time’s up, so is your decluttering for the day.
Write down your “to do” list. This takes away the stress of trying to remember all you need to do.
Keep a journal. Write down concerns, fears, or other feelings that arise. Use that as a way of getting these thoughts out of your head by putting them on paper. Write to your heart’s content. Purge, purge, purge these thoughts from your head!
Let go of memories. Leave behind the sadness, anger and frustrations of the past. Just remember the lessons learned and move on.
Say no to multitasking. Multitasking just puts your mind on overdrive. Choose single pointed focus; focus on one thing at a time. You’ll give your mind a break and get things done.
Limit TV and computer time. These things bombard you with information and sensory overload. Get off emails lists and social media groups that you don’t visit. As a rule, use a timer and limit electronic use. Don’t use electronics before bedtime to have a better night’s sleep.
Meditate and/or exercise. This is helpful to clear and relax your mind and helps you stay present in the moment.
Tackle the clutter and have a comfortable, organized home and a calmer and more focused mind.
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