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Declutter Your Mind

Nothing is more satisfying than decluttering. Cleaning out a closet or a back room can create a huge sense of freedom and release!. Taking a trip to the local thrift store with a load of these cast-offs is the culmination to this purging exercise. It feels like a load has lifted off your shoulders and every time you look at this transformed space, you feel a sense of relief and accomplishment.

My version of decluttering was to get rid of my big purse. Those of you who know me, are aware of my attachment to my purse collection. I had a favorite purse-backpack that I always carried with me. It contained all the essentials to face any eventuality. With the onset of the pandemic, I felt the sudden urge to downsize. Now I carry a compact fanny pack that contains my keys, wallet and glasses. Being free of my backpack feels almost luxurious and I ask myself why I did not made the transition long ago.

Decluttering can also be good for the mind and soul. Releasing old thoughts and practices can make your heart feel light and free. Here are 3 mind-cluttering items that you might consider letting go of:

  1. Resentment and grudges. It is inevitable that you will encounter individuals that rub you the wrong way and cause you to harbor negative thoughts and feelings. This is a weight that you drag around with you. The primary impact of this detrimental attitude is upon yourself. If you find yourself tangled in this web, find it within yourself to approach the individual and apologize for any part you have had in creating this rift. If it is the other individual who ha caused the hurt, call upon your best self to extend forgiveness. This will take courage and a mature outlook, but you can do it!

  2. Procrastination. In his TED talk Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator, Tim Urban introduces us to the Instant Gratification Monkey. Procrastination is literally following the path of least resistance. It may feel good in the moment, but in the end it leaves you feeling empty, frustrated and disappointed with yourself. Procrastination often results from trying to tackle a monumental task that seems overwhelming. Try breaking it down into small chunks. Then commit to spending just 5 minutes doing one part of it. Research has shown that once you get started on a task, you are more likely to complete it. Remember, small action is still action. 5 minutes can make a huge difference.

  3. Worry and rumination. A certain amount of worrying is to be expected and perfectly normal. However it is the constant negative thinking, and always expecting the worst that can take a toll on your emotional and physical health. A strategy that has been very effective for me is to journal about it. Take out a pen and paper or your journal, and write down everything that is causing these negative ruminations.

Why not make it a priority to release and let go of these 3 deadweights that may be holding you back from living your best life? You deserve to live a life that is free from the clutter that holds your life captive.

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