Destressing By Decluttering

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As the seasons change I think it is a good opportunity to take inventory of what is important.  When we have a cluttered life and cluttered mind, it makes it hard to focus and achieve goals.  Clutter is a nervous system stimulant and it takes your attention away from what you want to be focusing on and onto the objects around you. 

Clutter can also relate to unhealthy foods your eat, habits you may have or relationships that are bogging you down. 

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I am writing about this now because I need this help more than anyone else!  I am the worst for clutter whether it’s a “decoration”  or some unfinished products.  So I thought it might be fun to work through this together!  Clean up our life a bit so that the next season can be fun and accomplishing! 

Ok let’s take it one week at a time!  Take your time as you clean stuff out!  It can be emotional to go through this process.  We hold onto things to fill gaps.  When we purge and get rid of things we open wounds.  Make sure you have some techniques to cope with the open wounds.  Fill it with laughter, conversations, music, flowers! 

Let’s get started!

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#1  Clean up your environment.  Everything about it.  This is the biggest part of what shapes our everyday reality.  Our environment is everything so take a beep dive into it this week. 

House, car, social network, social media, books and magazines, podcasts, TV shows or movies. 

Spend this week noticing these things and journal about it.  Then slowly, one thing at a time, start to find ways to weed these things out of your life.

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The ultimate goal is to feel lighter and more free.  The first thing to do is to lighten up your environment around you to free your mind so that it can shape your reality to the way you have always dreamed it!

Our environment directly shapes our reality.  This has been studied for hundreds of years, from the origins of the species to the epigenetic break throughs that we are learning in more recent years. Our environment shapes our reality. 

So, if that is the case, let’s work to set up our environment for the reality that we want! 

Take things one at a time and find the places in your life where things, thoughts, habits, people, or activities, aren’t serving you.  Now that you have your list, or thought bubble, think of ways that you can eliminate this from your environment.  This is going to look different for everyone, but here are some ways that it might look. 

House:  Take it one room at a time.  A cluttered house is a cluttered mind.

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Bedroom: what is on your night stand?  When you first wake up in the morning and fall asleep at night, are the two most influential parts of your day.  Make sure that your environment around those 2 moments are filled with exactly what you want your life to be filled with.  Have your room tidied up, nice lotion next to your bed so you can love up on yourself, your favorite smelling candle or a good book.  Put the cell phone in a different room at night and make sure there is no “work” in your room. 

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Kitchen:  everything should have a place.  All of the food in your pantry and refrigerator should be things that you enjoy and make you happy.  Still have that old food processor or counter top grill you bought or got as a gift that you swore you would use all the time?  Throw that out!  Don’t store things is higher cabinets, or the basement to get it out of sight.  Donate these things to your local donation site and get them out of your house and out of your life!

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Transportation:  How are you getting around?  Does that make you feel empowered too?  It should!  Weather it is by your own 2 feet, on public transportation or a personal vehicle.  Even if you can’t afford the car of your dreams right now, you can make the car that you do have beautiful!  Clean up the backseat, go get that car wash.  Maybe new seat covers would make a big difference for you?  Fall in love with your commute, where ever you may be going.

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Spend this week noticing these things and journal about it.  Then slowly, one thing at a time, start to find ways to weed these things out of your life.

The ultimate goal is to feel lighter and more free.  The first thing to do is to lighten up your environment around you to free your mind so that it can shape your reality to the way you have always dreamed it!

Published by DrHeidiAlbete

Dr. Heidi Albete is an enthusiastic Naturopathic Doctor serving all of Colorado and Worldwide. She received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe Arizona and received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Exercise Kinesiology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins Colorado. She specializes in bringing the body back to balance naturally using all of the modalities that the natural world has to offer including, physical manipulations, Applied Kinesiology, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, nutrition, herbal medicine, Ayurveda and Chinese medicine and mind-body medicine. She enjoys treating, healing, getting people out of pain and bringing people back to health. Dr. Heidi has also been helping women get pregnant to start or expand their families.

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