When we have too much clutter in our lives we become stressed out, overwhelmed and stagnate. When people talk about clutter they talk about clutter in your homes, at work, your closets, etc. For me, when we have cluttered lives it means we aren’t living simply. Clutter can affect all parts of your life and if we just lived a simpler lifestyle we can reduce the clutter and stress and feel more balanced as a result.
When we begin spring cleaning, follow these emotional spring cleaning tips on how to declutter your life and sweep out stress:
1. Make sure to have at least one day each week to just be. I call this “A day of simplicity.” Decide what this day will look like. Will it mean a day without technology? A day of play and fun? A day filled with meditation, conversations, rest and relaxation or all the above? You decide what living simply means to you. For me, it means a day without a watch. No time limits. With no time limits, I feel no pressures. What does your day of simplicity look like?
2. Live in the present. When we have too much clutter it means we a holding onto past baggage and worrying too much about the future. At night, I have so much clutter that it prevents me from sleeping. I keep thinking: What I could have done? Should have done? etc. So, from now on, change your thought process. Use the past as a learning experience then let it go. Plan for the future. Set up your 401, your 529, etc. and then let it go. Live in the moment and stop dwelling on the past: could have, should have, would have adds more clutter.
3. Emotional detox. Remove any toxic people from your life and you will naturally remove some clutter. If you can’t remove all of them, then set up boundaries and limitations so you can feel mentally healthy.
4. Move negative clutter with Gratitude. I talked about this in #2; when we try to go to sleep and we have all this emotional clutter in our heads, we have problems sleeping. The best way to reduce clutter at night is through gratitude. Your last five minutes before you fall asleep should be done in gratitude mode. Instead of thinking about the should have’s think about what you already have. Ask yourself the question: “What am I grateful for?” Then answer it. This will change your perspective. It will reduce your stress and remove the negative clutter and help you sleep peacefully.
5. Remove old habits and thought patterns. If we continue on with negative thoughts and habits we will always remain in a state of clutter and stress. You can change your old thoughts and start new habits. It is all possible. Remember what you think produces your actions. So if you think negative, you will act negative, BUT if you think positive thoughts, you will act in a positive manner. How you think is your choice. First become aware of your negative thoughts and comments. Once you realize your negativity you can change it.
6. Each week make sure to “stop and smell the flowers”; it is true we are happiest when we enjoy the simple pleasures. It could be enjoying your morning cup of coffee or a walk out in nature. When we stop to enjoy the small pleasures we naturally slow down and enjoy life.
7. Spend time in nature. We feel a sense of calm and peace when we are outside. Nature rejuvenates us and gives us a feeling of starting fresh. Additionally, spending time outside usually means we are also doing some type of physical activity which is a great way to help reduce clutter and stress.
8. Be realistic. If you are decluttering your home or work space, start small and take baby steps. Every time you accomplish a goal you will feel a sense of positive reinforcement which will motivate you to move forward. If you are decluttering your home, throw away everything you haven’t used in six months or longer. This includes all material things. When we detach from material items it brings a sense of freedom.
Guest post written by, Diane Lang, Psychotherapist, Author and Positive Living Speaker
Diane Lang – Positive Living Expert and psychotherapist – is a nationally recognized author, educator, speaker, therapist and media expert. Lang offers expertise in multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University.
Lang has been interviewed for numerous magazine and newspaper articles and has been a frequent guest on radio and TV shows including “Fox & Friends” on the Fox News Network. Lang is a monthly contributor for “Family Beautiful” magazine, a weekly columnist for MommyTalk.com, a regular featured expert on the “Expat Show” broadcasted weekly on the New York ABC affiliate WTBQ-AM, and a Blogger at www.pazoo.com.
Lang also offers a variety of work site wellness, lifestyle and parenting workshops. She speaks to employees of large companies to help reduce stress in the workplace and speaks to parents about how to create balance and find happiness along with a variety of other health and wellness topics.
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