TIPS FOR DECLUTTERING OUR MINDSJan 29, 2022
When we’re blocked by too much clutter, we get stuck. Ideas and visions remain wishful and theoretical. We can’t see a clear path to what we want. We may not even be able to clearly define what we want, let alone go after it. Decluttering—cleaning up our act physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and also our environment—frees us from those stuck places and helps us get into action.
But today, I will be talking about decluttering our minds.
What does a cluttered mind look like?
- Focusing on the negative
- Worrying about things you cannot control
- Holding onto negative emotions and experiences such as past hurts, betrayal, anger, resentment, and sadness.
- Lots of could have would have, should have, if only statements.
- Projects and dreams swirling about in our heads, incomplete or not even started
- Addictive behaviors
- Victim thoughts
- Mental chaos
Having a clear, uncluttered mind is paramount for our well-being. When our minds are cluttered, we waste our time and mental energy. Also, mental clutter creates mental confusion, distraction, and disorganization which stops us from setting priorities, making good decisions, being focused, and being productive.
Tips to start decluttering your mind
- Meditate: You hear time and time again just how beneficial meditation is. It helps you relax, combats stress and anxiety, and, as the Mayo Clinic puts it, can help "restore your inner peace." When it comes to decluttering and detoxing your mind of anything that's been weighing you down, holding you back, or making you feel less than stellar, there's nothing better than a 10-minute meditation session for some clarity. You can use an App on your phone like
- Stop comparing yourself to others. All those air-brushed and incredible fit models on the movies, magazines, and tv are not real so make it your mission to start focusing on what you love about yourself instead of what you wish you had from others.
- Spend time alone. When's the last time you sat in actual silence? Yes, without music playing or the sounds of the TV in the background. And even without your phone keeping you company. Sometimes just enjoying being present is one of the simplest ways to declutter what's been going on in your head: With something always going on, you never get the chance to truly shut off. Enjoy cuddling with your dog or taking in the glow from the fireplace while you're cozied up on the couch.
- Take a break from watching TV
- Read a book, it will take your mind out of toxic thoughts, and you will learn something. One way to declutter your mind and soul is to start fueling yourself with things that benefit your mental health as opposed to distractions that don't. Not only has reading been found to give our brains a boost and reduce stress, but it also makes us feel good overall.
- Set aside time to worry. Schedule 10 minutes a day to think about whatever is worrying you, this way setting a time limit you will get it over with and go on with your life.
- Be grateful, thank God and the people around you, this is so important.
- Be intentional about what you spend your time and energy thinking about, avoid toxic thoughts, and replace them with healthy, positive thoughts.
- Set priorities and complete them
- Be generous
I highly recommend this book on Detoxing your brain if you are interested in learning more on this subject.
Dr. Caroline Leaf, Switch on your brain
My copy has been read and re-read I have highlighted many pages.
I hope these tips are helpful and that you will be putting them to good use. If you would like to know more about how I use these tips to declutter all areas of my life and my client’s life, I offer a FREE 45-minute Purpose-Inspired Living Breakthrough Session.
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