How To Declutter Your Mind and Energy

How To Declutter Your Mind and Energy

I’m a big fan of using simple tactics to combat unruly thoughts.  There’s no need to complicate things with time-consuming methods.  By tackling unwanted thoughts on a daily basis in small increments of time, you can achieve wonderful results.
 
You may have heard of the KonMari method of tidying up, the simple solution to freeing your life of clutter. It’s a book written by Marie Kondo, and I encourage you to take a read.  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. But first, let's talk about the ‘stuff’ that exists within your mind? What if you’re feeling too distracted to even read? What if your energy is down and your brain is full of meaningless thought clutter?
 
If you can’t bring yourself to first focus on cleaning up your possession, then it’s time to focus on cleaning up your mind. Here are three easy steps to start decluttering your mind now.

Sometimes we can’t bring ourselves to first focus on cleaning up our possessions. Sometimes we need to focus on cleaning up our mind.

 

Make Space for Each Thought

We’ve all been there – lying in bed with a million thoughts from the day running through our heads preventing the sleep that’s so essential. A simple way to help clear out these running thoughts is to make space for each one. When something pops into your head, don’t try to push it out. Instead, acknowledge it. Make space for it in your head by giving it a mind-nod, and then move on to the next one. If you train your brain to give each thought its own space, you will soon calm down the roar of your mind and feel far more at ease with yourself.

 

Focus on the Spark

The KonMari method teaches us to hold only onto things that ‘spark joy’. We can do this in a similar way by holding onto, or focusing on, the sparks of joy in our thoughts. It’s sometimes impossible to pull ourselves away from negativity, but this is harmful to us and will only breed more negativity. But if you find something that brings you joy, even a small amount, and completely immerse yourself in that, you will slowly remove the negativity of the moment. Even if you just gain a small amount of pleasure from making a warm beverage, or settling down to read, let that fill your mindspace and repeat the feeling over and over again like a mantra.

 

Meditate

This is often suggested as a way to declutter your energy and feel calm, and there’s a reason for that: IT WORKS. I know you hate it, or can't do it or insert some other lame excuse here.  But meditation focuses on the moment, bringing your mind, thoughts, and energy together and easing away all the clutter from your day to day life. It’s easy to learn, and if you set aside a small portion (seriously, you can find 5 to 10 minutes) of each day to meditating, you’re going to feel the difference immediately – even after one session.  Headspace is a great app you can put on your phone and it’s free!  headspace.com .  Also I love Orin and Daben's guided meditations.  You can download them as Mp3's for only $7 bucks each.  I use them at night before bed. orindaben.com/catalog/singles_downloads/  Guided meditations are perfect for the beginner to experienced meditator - all you have to do is listen and they tell you exactly what to do!  

 

So if you’re feeling scattered and need a boost, try one of these methods to declutter your mind and energy. Especially in today’s distracting world, we need to take time to slow down and make some time for ourselves. We need to sort out our minds and remove the thclutter from our lives.

 

Sherri Calosso