Spaces, Relationships & Social Media: 3 Areas To Declutter & Destress

By Wild Ginger

Spaces, Relationships & Social Media: 3 Areas To Declutter & Destress

October 24th, 2021 at 10:11 am

The human mind can be a fascinating storehouse of thoughts, imaginations, and memories. But with the constant stream of pandemic news and stress from life in lockdown, the mind can easily become cluttered, making it a tricky beast to master.

 

Now if you can relate to that, this means that it’s time to say goodbye to the things that may be taking up too much space in your life. In case you haven’t heard of the Japanese tidying-up queen Marie Kondo (seriously, where have you been?), here’s the gist: Keep only the things that bring you joy.

 

But for many, this is easier said than done. So, here’s a quick checklist on how you can start your decluttering journey for a healthier mind:

 

Space

Your environment can impact your spirit. A clean-living space can tackle stressors head-on and provide a sense of control improving your overall mood.

  1. Start Small
  • Decluttering takes time. Most people put off cleaning because it seems way too big to tackle. Instead, pick one small thing you want to do each day and follow through. One day you might clean out the closet. The next day you might clean off the kitchen counter. The key is to commit to things you can mentally handle and remember to celebrate the progress!
  1. Set a Timer
  • You can use the time blocking method to manage your cleaning. Set aside 15 or even 30 minutes to clean out your space, set a timer and get started. When the timer goes off, you are done for the day. It may not seem like much, but you can accomplish a lot more than you might imagine.

 

Relationship

Sometimes, even the people in our lives need some decluttering. In the true words of Marie Kondo, “…we not only have clutter in our homes, but we also have clutter in our hearts”. So often we accept what is familiar and accept relationships that rob us of joy.

  1. Let go of resentments.
  • Holding on to past demeanours can clutter your current relationships with toxicity.
  1. Stay away from people who simply make you unhappy.
  • Unhappiness is contagious. Try to limit your relationship with people who bring you down and instead surround yourself with people who are good for your mental health.
  1. Find people with similar interests.
  • Your relationship with anyone should never feel forced and unfulfilling. Hang out with people with similar interests. Sharing a hobby or a topic of interest can be healing and take your loneliness away.
  1. Be a good friend.
  • Before you start Marie Kondo-ing the people in your life, make sure you have also been a good friend. Are you overly critical? Do you listen to your loved ones? Dig deep and assess your relationships.

 

Social Media

Many of us may regularly declutter our wardrobes or bathroom cabinets, yet we’re not intentional enough on how we spend our time online. If you find yourself spending hours on end consuming content that bogs you down, this is your sign to ‘scroll away’!

  1. Audit your apps
  • Do a quick count of the active apps on your phone. Assess if this makes you feel overwhelmed. Determine the accounts you use regularly and get rid of the apps you barely touch.
  1. Mute/Block/Unfollow
  • Probably one of the most crucial steps, even if it’s painful. Too negative or even toxic people? Hit unfollow. Are the tweet spams from your elementary school friend getting too much? Mute it. Be really brutal and honest. Freeing up capacities for people and things you enjoy will help you feel lighter.

 

Clearing clutter can simplify your life and be great for your overall well-being. This whole process may take a bit of time. So be patient with yourself and enjoy the journey. Good luck!

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