Minimalism: Decluttering Your Mind


Just when we all thought I had covered almost everything on minimalism, I came back with yet another place you can declutter and live more simply: your mind. Usually when one thinks of minimalism, they think of physical stuff or tiny homes or fitting all personal belongings into a backpack. But as I always say, it should be applied to all aspects in your life, including your mind. Our minds can get so filled with junk at times, and by junk I mean worrisome, negative thoughts.  Thoughts that don't have any positive impact on our well-being. Think of your mental space as a tiny home. In your tiny home, you only allow what is good and useful for you.

The first step to decluttering your mind and keeping it that way is to set some boundaries and say no. A good example of this is to leave work at work. Or set a work time if you're self-employed. Don't reply to those emails late at night. Another example could be a very busy, congested schedule. Always saying yes to friends or colleagues on potential plans. The busier you are, the busier your mind becomes. And it goes without saying that the busier your mind becomes, the more likely it is to become filled with junk and extra baggage -- ick!! This can and will most definitely make it harder to focus on one thing at a time. This leads me to the next step...

Focus on the here and now. The fast and future have a sneaky way of creeping into our thoughts and there just isn't enough room to think about the past, present, and future. Of course we should always set some time aside to look back on the past and reflect, and also -of course- we should always set time aside to think about and plan out the future, but when you're completing a task, be present with it. Be present with all you do and flush out the "brain junk." And not only that, but often times the past and future can discourage us - making us believe our past failures define us and that what we're currently working on could lead to future failure. There's no room in your tiny home for those sort of thoughts.

Ultimately, a decluttered mind will bring you peace of mind and isn't that really the end goal? Say no to plans. Don't let yourself be overwhelmed. Set boundaries. Be present. Meditate if you need to. Don't let people or negative thoughts live "rent-free" in your mind, as one says. Our brains, like homes, have a tendency to fill up the empty space, but why not just leave that space? Give your mind room to grow, bloom, and focus on only what will serve you best.

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