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.