Mental clutter is a real deal! It’s not something we often talk about. Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s talk about it. Here are somethings I’ve been practicing that help me eliminate mental clutter.
1. Taking one day a week for myself. I use this as my selfcare day. It varies during the week because of my schedule but I make sure it’s a priority on my calendar weekly. I can’t show up at my best for someone else if I haven’t had my day to relax, recharge, and release. I started this about two years ago. I found myself getting overwhelmed a lot. I would literally call out of work if I needed to because my peace mattered to me. I vowed to myself during that time that I would not let a dollar take away from my peace.
2. Admitting to friends and family that I can’t handle their problems when I’m not in good space mentally. Saying, “I can’t handle this today” has become my new normal. Other people problems can become your problems just by listening. I know it seems like the right thing to do when your close friends and family need to vent, but it hurts you more when you’re not in a good space. When you’re feeling tired and drained, do yourself a favor and let them know “I can’t handle this today.” They should respect you for being honest. We must stop letting people use us as a trash can when our bin is already full.
3. Write out your problems and pray. My life coach Lisa introduced me to brain dumping. Brain dumping is writing out your problems or concerns from the day. You can do It after work, before bed, or even in the mornings. I personally write mine out before bed and sometimes in the middle of the night if I find myself waking up due to worries. After you write them out, pray about. God, I feel anxious today because of ___. God, I am worried about ___. God, I am frustrated today because of ___. The Word says to cast your cares on God.( 1 Peter 5:7 NLT ) This also eliminates you going to other people as much as well.
4. Clear your bedroom of clutter. If clutter is the first and last thing you see daily it can cause mental clutter. Put your clothes in the closet. Keep your journal, bible, and one book your reading beside your bed. Remove all paper work out of the room. Anything work related should not be in your bedroom. The bedroom is for rest and relaxation. It should be your peaceful place.
5. Clear your notifications off your front screen! I used to wake up to a ton of emails, messages, and unnecessary junk! I recently changed my notifications on my phone, and It has brought me so much peace. When I first wake up, the only thing that shows up on my phone is my bible verse for the day and maybe a few messages/calls I may have missed from the night before. Try this for a week and see how you feel. This is a peace guarantee!!
It’s time for us to take control over our mental health. We need to be honest with ourselves and with others. I hope these tips helped, and feel free to let me know any tips you have. Talk to you soon!!