Decluttering Your Mind, Body & Spirit

Transform Your Mind, Transform Your Life!

You know that pile of clothes hanging on the treadmill you don't use? And the pile of papers you've been meaning to file but now resembles The Leaning Tower of Pisa? Well it might be time to do something about them, because research confirms they are bad for your physical and mental health.

I know! I thought the same thing! How can a pile of inanimate objects impact my wellbeing?

Well physically, clutter can cause a build up of dust, mould and creepy crawlies such as silverfish, as well as being a trip and fire hazard.

In addition, living with constant disorganisation and mess can contribute to feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and defeat. Piles of clutter (even if you can't see them!) can cause higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, leading to stress, anxiety and even depression.

This is something to be particularly concerned about, because high levels of cortisol can lead to serious physical conditions which can cause irreparable damage and leave a lasting impact on your life.

This toxic stress can actually;

When considered alongside the other potential sources of stress in our lives (work, partner, family, news, finances etc.), being able to take immediate action to regain control is definitely a plus.

Gathering momentum, not dust!

The minimalist movement has gained huge support in recent years as people began to turn their attention away from consumerism and accumulation, preferring the clean lines and simplicity of a life with less.

Organisational and cleaning gurus such as Marie Kondo, Mrs Hinch or The Organised Mum, are well aware of the increasing desire for simple but effective advice, and their 8 million devoted Instagram followers (combined) would seem to agree!

So why is this topic gathering so much energy and enthusiasm and how can we apply it to ourselves?

Well, fans of Marie Kondo’s hit Netflix series will be the first to tell you that tidying up 'sparks joy.' And, if you've seen 'Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things' by The Minimalists, you will have some appreciation of the freedom and control that having less stuff can bring.

And it's not just about possessions...

How do we accumulate clutter in our mind, body and spirit?

As well as physical clutter, we can accumulate mental clutter.

Mental clutter can cause your mind to feel restless and unfocused. It tries to move in many different directions at once and the result is that very little gets done. It might include the following: worrying about the future; ruminating about past events, comments or decisions; fixating on things others have said or done; keeping a mental to-do list; over analysing complaints; holding grudges, and so on.

In your body, clutter could be the accumulation of toxins such as alcohol, caffeine and sugar, or even the stealthy development of bad habits, like taking little exercise or not prioritising sleep!

Spiritually, this accumulation could manifest as a feeling of disconnect with yourself, with nature or with the wider world. Maybe you ignore, or can no longer hear, your inner voice offering intuition and guidance. If you used to have a faith practice, possibly you've let that slip a bit, adding guilt to the list of emotions.

Fortunately, there are strategies and techniques you can use to clean out some space in your head, reconnect with your heart and take control of your body!

How to declutter...