Aug 7, 2013
Clutter is a big drain on mental, physical and emotional energy.
Clutter is those things you never use, do not really need, do not like, are broken or a poor fit, to name just a few examples.
Make that clutter a priority. Like many goals in life, you have to schedule time to achieve them.
Set aside time each week to tackle the clutter in your environment and in your life.
Eat Your Frog!
Is there anything you have been putting off doing?
How do you feel when you think about it?
Procrastination has a high cost.
It robs you of vital energy and can produce feelings of guilt.
Take a day in which you can do things by yourself.
Take yourself out to a movie, go to a museum or art gallery, or do something you've always wanted to do but never made time for. In doing so, you'll be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of being alone.
What would you do?
Jul 31, 2013
Free your mind from the problems that swirl around you.
Take your mind off of those things that are causing you stress by working on a puzzle or spending time with friends and family.
Or perhaps you need to go out for a nice dinner or weekend getaway to free your mind.
Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, which are known to make you feel happy.
It's like the body's natural "high."
Movement is wonderful for quieting the mind because it teaches you how to listen to your body. Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi are both excellent forms of movement to quiet the mind
Take a walk.
Concentrate on your surroundings.
If your mind wanders back to your to-do list gently redirect it.
Even if all you can do is take a 15-minute walk, take it. That can be great alone time for you.
Jul 24, 2013
All in Good Time: Schedules
Alleviate some of your mental stress by creating a schedule.
When you have all tasks organized and planned out, with free time added in between, a significant amount of tension will be lifted.
You will live more efficiently and suffer from fewer overwhelming moments.
You cannot plan for everything, and schedules must be altered from time to time.
However, having a solid schedule for the things you know you must do, prioritized by importance, can make a huge difference in your mental stress.
Plus, this is a great way of guaranteeing you have time set aside to practice your mind-decluttering techniques.
Have a monthly schedule, which turns into a weekly plan which turns into a daily to-do list.
Enter the Matrix - this is how to determine what tasks need to be prioritized.
Draw a square and divide it into quarters.
On one side, write: “Urgent” and “Not Urgent”; on the other, write: “Important” and “Not Important.”
Prioritize the things that are Urgent and important, then Important and Not Urgent.
Why? Because you want to do the things that matter most first before you get sucked into the things that matter less.
Jul 17, 2013
Cross Out the Non-Essentials
Yup, this is our clever next step. Why? Because crossing off what you don’t have to do can make the hours and days ahead much less complicated than they seem right now.
Sometimes it is that simple to keep our lives on track. If something isn’t working, fix it. If you’re spending time with negative people, DON’T. They will bring you down and suck the energy right out of you.
The longer you delay dealing with your worry, stress, self-doubt, and negative self-talk, the sooner it will rot and cause weaknesses in other areas of your life such as your health, career, family and relationships.
What do we worry about? Pleasing everyone, things that happened in the past (water under the bridge), health issues, money, job, love, etc. Studies indicate that most of our worries never come true. And when we spend long periods of time worrying, we are releasing chemicals into our bodies that can cause physical symptoms that range from headaches to high-blood pressure. The long-term effects of worrying can increase the risk of heart conditions as well as heartache caused by loneliness. Who wants to be around someone who is always depressed and worried?
List your three greatest worries.
List one empowering action you will take to eliminate each worry.
Jul 10, 2013
Thinking on Paper to Dump Your State of Mind
When you dump your state on paper you can:
stop trying to remember what you were thinking about
focus on what you want to do about it
or whether you can just let it go
When it’s on paper, you free your mind.
When it’s on paper you can slice it and dice it in a more effective way, or sort it in a way that works for you, instead of against you.
Thinking on paper is how you go from soup to sanity.
Example of a Periodic Brain Dump
Here’s a quick example of a periodic brain dump.
Weed the garden
Clear out son’s room
Downsize book collection
Clean the gutters on the house
Add a border to the back lawn
Take down the tree
That was step one. It’s random and it’s just a quick dump of my top of mind things.
Step two would be sorting it and analyzing it against what I want to accomplish.
Dump your brain. Simply make a list and dump out everything that’s top of mind or tugging at your thoughts.
Take a moment to enjoy the fact that you uncluttered your mind and gave it some breathing room. Let yourself play with the possibilities.
If you’re really feeling gung-ho, then review your list and find some low hanging fruit. For example, the simplest thing on my list is shredding papers, and I enjoy it, so I’m going to tackle that. For the other things, I’ll have to step back, prioritize against what I want to accomplish, and then make a simple plan.
Jul 3, 2013
Make a list of all the areas of your life that feel messy or cluttered.
This may be a relationship, your desk at work, health and fitness or your closet at home.
Number your list in order of urgency, what area is bothering you the most
Rate these out of ten.
How much is this annoying me out of ten?
Think about how can I make this better?
What is one step I can do to make me feel better about this situation?
You may want to use the ‘wheel of life’ to assess how you are feeling in your life.
Health and Fitness
Career and Business
What is something you can do to move forward, make your life more balanced and improve
Jun 26, 2013
Use Words to Remove Tension
Written words are a powerful tool to assist and support you to remove tension. As teenagers, many of us kept a diary to record our feelings, emotions and events of the day. This is still a beneficial strategy to use today.
It doesn’t take a lot of time, perhaps three minutes in the morning to set your intentions for the day.
Jun 19, 2013
DeCluttering Your Mind
A Feng Shui state of mind is a feeling of deep inner peace, balance and harmony.
This state of mind can give you both an energy boost and unblock energy.
The potential to be in this state of mind is with us always, but the real challenge is learning how to listen to it.
There is so much happening on the surface: distractions, mental clutter, to-do lists and should’s, that it is difficult to reach that inner state of grace.
DeClutter Your Mind for More Clarity
Clarity is something that a mind needs in order to function.
Too often, we walk around in a fog thinking of errands that need to be done, chores that need tending to, and family obligations.
Obtaining a clear mind is not an easy task
However, there are tips that are designed to help you to achieve a clear, focused mind.
Benefits of a Decluttered Mind
The best place to begin to declutter your life is from the inside.
Many people overlook the benefits a healthy mind can offer.
The mind can become bogged down with emotional baggage and seriously impact a person's ability to function.
Decision making can become a challenge and coping with problems may feel nearly impossible when you do not have a clear mental state; therefore, it is important to learn how to free your mind of unnecessary clutter.
Since everyone is different there is no one-size-fits-all method to clear your mind of clutter; however, the following are some common techniques that can begin you on your journey to decluttering your life by first decluttering your mind!
Jun 12, 2013
What is stress?
What causes stress?
A lot of people believe stress is from their environment, people, pressure, time - it is none of this it is how we react to this.
Spilt milk at home and your reactions
We have a response called fright or flight – summon all the resources we need to fight something or flee it.
When we have this stress response the body changes, heart beats faster, brain function changes, vision narrows while it is lifesaving people are using this response on a daily basis e.g. Waiting in the post office queue
What are some of the signs and symptoms of stress?
Cognitive Signs and Symptoms:
Inability to concentrate
Seeing only the negative
Anxious or racing thoughts
Physical Signs and Symptoms:
Aches and pains
Diarrhoea or constipation
Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
Loss of sex drive
Emotional Signs and Symptoms:
Irritability or short temper
Agitation, inability to relax
Sense of loneliness and isolation
Depression or general unhappiness
Behavioural Signs and Symptoms:
Eating more or less
Sleeping too much or too little
Isolating yourself from others
Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)
One of my guiding principles is that every situation, good or bad, offers a gift that provides some benefit. It’s just a matter of finding the gift. Many people who are overtaken by events are quick to declare them a setback or disaster. Instead you can ask, “Where’s the gift in this?” -
Jun 5, 2013
What is in your mind – what is your mental clutter telling you?
The Mental Chatter is there for a Reason
They’re reminding you that you’ve got stuff on your plate that needs attention.
Many of the things bugging you are actually useful, whether it’s for motivation or simply for reminders.
How do you feel once you have decluttered?
Value what you have
Pride in your environment
What are the benefits of decluttering?
Praise from others
Do things well
Be more comfortable
Live in a clean atmosphere
Life skills for the children