What Can I Do Now? #4 Mental Clutter

Mental clutter is like physical clutter, we first have to see it to know if what we are investing our energy in is serving us.

I used to watch a show called, Clean Sweep. I learned so much about the psychological reasons and detriments to holding onto too much stuff on that show. Peter Walsh would do such an amazing job at explaining things in a way that has helped me so much over the years. It was through that show that I got to see that when I started cleaning up the physical clutter, I also found space to clean up my mental clutter. It also taught me that when my physical clutter started to pile up, my mental clutter was doing the same.

In my journey, I got to see the detriments of going to the other extreme too. I got to see the importance of balancing and doing the work to keep up with the space. It was discoveries from understanding clutter that I found my way to understanding what I call the garden of my soul.

Mental clutter just like physical clutter, it needs to be maintained and managed in order keep from becoming chaos. Let’s picture a garden. We can’t just plant a bunch of amazing seeds and let it go—it takes work. We may see that certain plants need space around them to reach their full potential. We may see too much growth, even if beautiful, can be too much for the whole a garden. We might find that certain plant life take more maintenance than we are willing to put in. When we let it go, the weeds start taking over.

I’ve found it’s important for me to put my focus on a physical act to remove mental clutter. It’s just like doing the work it takes to maintain a healthy garden.

Here are a few ways I accomplish facing my mental clutter NOW:

  • Make a list (handwritten, computer, phone—it doesn’t matter)
  • Free-write for 15-minutes (Just write with a timer, no editing, no thinking about what I’m going to write, just writing freely)
  • Walking and recording my thoughts (Use recording device on my phone to see all the things that are cluttering up my head)
  • Journaling
  • Letter writing (You had to know that would be on here)
  • Clean-up physical clutter in my personal spaces (The act of focusing on letting go of what’s not serving me has helped me tremendously with the mental clutter.
  • Detox/Cleanse (This method has helped me in putting my focus on releasing toxins from my body)
  • Pray for clarity where I don’t have any.
  • Talk to a trusted professional or friend who understands the need to for purge (I don’t talk to people who will keep me in the clutter)

The point is there is no one right way. I’ve used different techniques at different times, but one thing has always remained true, I have to physically remove the clutter from my mind. It’s just like removing the weeds from our gardens. We have to get down and do the work or else the clutter will just keep getting worse.

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff, author of Letters from a Better Me and host of the From A Loving Place with Author Rachael Wolff podcast

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