Sometimes life and your environment can feel overwhelming. You may feel constantly stressed, pressured, and crowded. None of which are good for your mental health and can have an impact on your professional and personal interactions. One of the best ways to feel less crowded and stressed is to simplify or declutter your environment and your mind. Here are some ways in which you can do that.
Declutter Your Environment
Most people don’t realize that a cluttered and disorganized environment can make your mind and spirit feel restless and crowded. This manifests most clearly in people with obsessive/compulsive tendencies, but people without a diagnosed disorder feel the impact of it as well. If you have open, clean, and uncluttered surroundings, you’re more likely to feel at peace and relaxed.
Your mind won’t be distracted by all of that sensory input and you’ll feel much more comfortable. It’s very easy to declutter your environment and ensure it feels open. Here are some tips that can help:
- Remove any item that you don’t use regularly. For example, if you have a desk clock or calendar that you rarely look at or use, why not get rid of it? Most people tend to look at their phone and computers when they want to know the date and time so these items may no longer be useful to you.
- Tag every item that you’re attached to but don’t use and decide what to do with them. You can store them out of sight if they have any sentimental value. If they don’t have much value, you should consider donating them. For example, if you have a wardrobe packed full of clothes you don’t wear, go through the items and keep only those pieces of clothing that you wear regularly and love. Donate the rest to your local shelter.
- Remove dust and debris from your environment, an unclean environment can be quite stressful. If you can’t find the time to keep your environment clean, you should consider getting a professional cleaner to handle the task.
Ask Your Family’s Help
Sometimes it’s not easy for people to declutter and let go of their personal items. They have a sentimental attachment to these possessions and end up hoarding them even if they don’t need them. Luckily, your family can help you avoid this problem. They will remove items you do not need and aren’t of much value from your immediate surroundings and help reduce the clutter. Working with your family on this cleanup project will also be a cathartic experience, especially if you’ve been distant and haven’t connected with them lately.
Declutter Your Mind
This is the most difficult task to accomplish because a distracted mind can’t be easily calmed. There are several steps you can take to quiet your mind and relieve stress and some of the most effective ones are mentioned below:
- Meditation – This is a well-known remedy to stress and can help your mind stay relaxed and focused. Even if you spend around 10 to 20 minutes on meditation every day, you’ll feel more calm and centered.
- Exercise – There’s a reason why people get addicted to exercise. It can be an excellent way to escape daily stress and let your mind be free. You don’t need to participate in something rigorous; a simple walk in the park can help you become relaxed and declutter your mind.
Just taking a small personal break and letting your mind drift is also a great way to declutter it. You can sit in a private place, enjoy a cup of relaxing tea, and simply enjoy the silence. You do need to disconnect from the world completely during this time, which means you should silence your phone and get away from your computer. If you need help setting up the proper life tools to do so, check out my coaching sessions here.