Monthly Wellness Newsletter
Month of August - Mentally Declutter and Organize
Spark Joy! How Decluttering Can Help Your Mental Health
Fans of Marie Kondo’s hit Netflix series will be the first to tell you that tidying up sparks joy.
But did you know decluttering can also help improve your mental health?
With the arrival of Spring comes Spring Cleaning, where we take time to clean up our physical spaces. The same can extend to our physical and digital workspaces, and you’ll find that there some benefits to cleaning the clutter.
15 Ways to Declutter Your Mind
Clutter doesn’t have to be just physical items in your environment. A cluttered mind can include:
- Focusing on the negative
- Worrying about things outside of your control
- Holding onto negative emotions and experiences, including resentment, past hurt, anger, and sadness
- Keeping a mental to-do list, including incomplete dreams and goals
- Having external distractions and constant sensory input
When your mind is cluttered, it wastes your time and mental energy. It also creates mental confusion, distraction, and disorganization that prevents you from creating clear priorities, making decisions, having focus, and being productive. When your mind is cluttered, you are not present, which causes you to lose connection to yourself, your environment, your relationships, and the moment you are in.
It’s time to let go of the mental habits that are keeping you from reaching your full potential. In order to build mental muscles and declutter your mind, you need to become intentional about where you place your attention and how you spend your time and energy. Only then can you unravel unhealthy thinking patterns that are keeping you stuck and your mind cluttered.