Did the holidays and end of 2019 make you feel a little extra stressed and burnt out? We know the feeling. Sometimes it’s challenging to not get caught up in too many commitments and routines, so we forget to take care of ourselves. We all do it, sacrifice our mental health for others. But it’s time to stop.
Make this the year you take charge of your life and declutter to make room for things that really matter. Here are some ways you can declutter your life in 2020.
Clean Out Your Closets and Drawers
You know that drawer in your kitchen that you throw random things into that you don’t really know what else to do with? We all have one - the junk drawer. Take time to go through it and clear out what you don’t need anymore. Who knows, you may even find some hidden treasures along the way! Same goes for your closet. The rule of thumb is, when you go through your clothes, donate anything that you haven’t worn in the last six months.
Don’t Commit Yourself to Too Many Things
Haven’t you ever been in a situation where you just felt burnt out because you committed to too much that week, and you would way rather climb in bed and read a book instead of meeting your friend for dinner? It’s difficult to say no to family and friends when they want to spend time with you. But, it’s time to put your mental health first. Try blocking off some time for yourself. It will help you commit to only what you can handle and scheduling time for you will help eliminate the burnt out feeling.
Break Up Household Routines
Sometimes it feels like we’re doing all of the work while our spouse or roommate somehow has time to relax. And that can be exhausting and frustrating. But it’s up to you to ask for help when you need it, and you deserve a break too! Break up the routine, so it’s balanced between you both. Even better, do chores together! It will give you a chance to connect and communicate.
Look At the Friends You Surround Yourself With
The people you surround yourself with have a significant impact on your life. Studies show that negativity is contagious. If you have a friend who is particularly negative or makes you feel drained when you see them, it may be time to cut ties. You’ll be amazed how much better you feel and how much more positive your life is when you’re surrounded by positive people.
Declutter Your Negative Thoughts
Negative thoughts have so much power over you if you let them. And they don’t just make you feel down in the dumps; they can increase stress and lead to a spiral of more negative thoughts. Xen is specially designed to deliver gentle electrical signals to your vagus nerve, promoting a deeper state of relaxation, which may increase positive thinking. Make the way you think a priority this year.
How Decluttering Improves Your Health
- Lowers stress. You’ll be amazed at how simplifying your life, organizing, and decluttering can lower your stress levels. Humans crave order, and when things are disorganized and cluttered, it can invoke anxiety and stress within us.
- Reduces negativity. As you declutter and surround yourself with positive people, positive thoughts, and a more orderly environment, it will begin to reduce negativity in your life.
- Energizes you. Organizing can motivate you to do more and cross more off of your to-do list, which can be so energizing!
- Strengthens decision-making skills. The more you make quick decisions, the better your decision-making skills get. You’ll begin to feel more confident making life decisions the more practice you have. It will also increase your ability to recognize negativity in your life.
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