Clear your mental clutter
The most important step to spring cleaning your life is to clear out all of that mental clutter that’s been building up over the gloomy, dark winter. While it may sound simple, it definitely requires a bit of digging into your deepest thoughts.
What exactly is mental clutter? Laura Benko, lifestyle expert and author of The Holistic Home: Feng Shui Your Mind, Body, Spirit, describes common mental clutter as negative thoughts, scattered thinking, self-doubt, cynicism, indecisiveness, procrastination, worry, and fear-based thinking.
To begin the process, you must first acknowledge whatever your mental clutter may be—it could be one, a few, or all of the above. Once you’ve thought it over, Benko suggests using meditation, mantras, or a visualization to clear and release these thoughts while simultaneously tackling any physical clutter in your space. That’s right—clean your space and your mind at the same time. “When you associate the piles of paperwork with your indecisiveness, letting it go and moving on is much easier,” she says. “Visualize taking that big bag of worry out to the curb. Not only is your closet cleaner, but you’ll also be surprised how you’ll worry less!” Basically, you’re killing two birds with one stone, and that’s always a win-win.
A great way to help move this process along and really dive deep your thoughts? Angela Ficken, psychotherapist and owner of ProgressWellness.com, suggests keeping a journal. “Put any negative thoughts down on a page,” she says. “No judgment, no editing, swear words included. Don’t hold back. By putting thoughts to a page, it helps free your mind of any ruminative thinking.” Of course, you should also be writing down the positive. On a separate page or journal, keep track of all the positive, good things that you do daily. “Whether it’s holding a door for someone, being there for a friend, or noticing a quality you like about yourself, write it down,” she says. “Read the list each time you add to it—this can help combat negative thoughts and emotions.”