Spring is in the air and when this happens we immediately think of cleaning out our closets to get rid of all that winter clutter, things we have stuffed in the top of the closet or under the bed or wherever you put things when you want to keep them out of sight. But did you know this is also a good time to declutter your mind?
When we have too much clutter in our lives we can become stressed out, overwhelmed and stagnate. It’s common to talk about the clutter at home, at work in closets etc. But clutter can affect all parts of your life—even your mental life. Living a simpler life means reducing the clutter and stress to feel more balanced.
Following are some strategies to de-clutter your life.
1. One day a week have a “day of simplicity” This will be your day without technology. Make it a day of play and fun. A day filled with meditation, conversations, rest and relaxation
2.Change your thought process. Live in the present. When we have too much clutter it means we are holding onto past baggage and worrying too much about the future.
3.Change your perspective. Adopt an attitude of gratitude, it will reduce your stress, remove the negative clutter and help you sleep peacefully.
4.Initiate an emotional detox. Remove any toxic people from your life . To naturally remove clutter. set up boundaries and limitations in order to feel mentally healthy.
5. Learn to enjoy the simple pleasures. Take a walk in nature, enjoy a morning cup of coffee, we are often happiest when we stop to “smell the roses”.
6. Spend time with a “higher power” it is then that we feel a sense of calm and peace. Learn to commune with nature. Nature rejuvenates us and gives us a feeling of starting fresh.
Finally if you are de-cluttering your home, work space or your mind, be realistic. Start small and take baby steps. Celebrate your accomplishments. Every time you accomplish a goal you will feel a sense of positive reinforcement, which in turn, will motivate you to move forward.
Wellness Is A Destination
In his book “The Dream Giver” Bruce Wilkinson tells us we have a genetic code that describes our unique passions and abilities and these passions and abilities have been woven into our beings from birth.
Rick Warren also talks about these passions in his book “Purpose Driven Life” He calls it your “Big Dream”. We all have it for a reason, to draw us toward the kind of life we were born to live and to love.
As we travel through this life, riddled with set backs and failures, stressors and dream busters we must learn to maneuver, problem solve and be able to reach our own individual break through.
Before we can lead a healthy, spirit filled abundant life we must refuse to settle for less. We must learn to break out of the confining circumstances of a stressful life and step into a life of abundance.
When you let go of the strongholds in your life you will be able to move to a place where you can grow and thrive. We must learn to restore our minds, revive our spirits and relax our bodies on a daily bases.
Wellness is an on-going journey—wellness is a destination. A little step may be the beginning of a great journey- Travel with a purpose.