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Minimalism is about so much more than just your possessions. How often do you commit to taking care of yourself? We can all be guilty of paying so much attention to everything else in our lives, that we entirely neglect ourselves. Finding the time to clear your mental clutter can often come last in a long list of things to do.
In reality, self-care is as important – if not more – than anything else. Taking time out of our days, every day, to reflect on how we feel is essential.
If you’re a particularly driven person and find yourself juggling idea after idea and reading blogs until the wee hours of the morning (I feel like I’m writing my biography here!), you’ll recognize the early stages of burnout.
Too much clutter isn’t good for anyone. We all need a space – a minimalist mindset – to clear your mental clutter and create a peaceful mental environment in order to create a minimalist physical space, too.
Clearing out your home and creating space is one thing, but creating a minimalist mindset is a whole other ballgame.
So, how do you go about creating this minimalist mindset?
What works for you may not work for others, but here are a few ways to clear your mental clutter before tackling your physical environment.
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How To Create A Minimalist Mindset:
This is number one on the list because it’s my number one self-care method for myself. I read a great post by Jennifer at Simply+Fiercely with 12 Self-Care Tips and the most important takeaway is that we all need to find our own way of looking after ourselves.
Working out is my meditation – the gym is my time to put some headphones on, get a great workout, and forget about anything else.
I always leave the gym feeling happier, lighter and ready to tackle any obstacles that come my way (okay, and exhausted, too!). Next time you’ve got a tonne of worries – financial or otherwise – stacked up on your plate, go out and get some exercise.
It doesn’t have to be running or lifting weights at the gym – whatever you enjoy. See if a good workout clears your mind and brings life back into perspective.
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Meditation can take many different forms. If sitting cross-legged in silence isn’t your jam, you can still get the benefits of meditation. Try a yoga routine, walking around the park or your local neighbourhood, or just trying a few minutes of silent reflection before you go to sleep.
If you’re guilty of creating mental clutter in your life, find 10 minutes out of your day to sit quietly and reflect.
You may not resolve any issues, but you will give yourself a chance to take stock, evaluate how you’re feeling and move forward. Sometimes a little perspective is all it takes to make a bigger change.
I strongly recommend the Yoga for Travellers: Sequences, Postures and Guidance for Every Journey book. I have this for travelling, but I honestly think it is brilliant for anyone looking to learn more about yoga and for some detailed yoga routines that won’t take too long. It contains as much information about meditation and the mental side of yoga as it does as the physical, and I’ve found myself reading through it many times when I’ve needed some guidance.
The book guides you through the mental aspects of yoga as well as the physical – sometimes taking a step back and focusing on how you feel is all you need.
Act with Intention
Do you spend without first assessing why you’re buying something? Do you have a build up of business ideas, plans, and dreams, but feel overwhelmed by it all? Most of us experience one of these things on a regular basis.
Clear your mental clutter by bringing awareness into your life and your intentions. Know why you are doing something – spending, saving, working on a project – and bring awareness into your everyday actions. You’ll soon know what parts of your day are mindless, and which have meaning.
Read Next: Acting with Intention: How to Shape Your Life Around Awareness
Create a Routine
We all dream of a life without alarm clocks. But as someone who no longer has to be out of bed to start work at a particular time, I can assure you that the simple routine of a bedtime and a wake-uptime can make all the difference to a cluttered life.
You don’t have to be so strict with yourself as to wake up at the same time every day, but creating a routine in some shape can massively help with creating a more minimalist mindset.
Try creating a plan for your day – especially if you’re not working a 9-5. Wake up, do some light stretches, have breakfast, start work etc.
Structure doesn’t have room for clutter.
If you’re guilty of juggling multiple ideas and getting overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information you’re taking in on a daily basis, getting it all out on paper can be a lifesaver.
Start creating lists for your life. From life goals to daily plans to journaling your thoughts – whatever you find most therapeutic. Clear out some space in your mind without forgetting your ideas – and allow yourself to take stock of what is a priority for you right now.
Know Your Priorities
Having a goal is great, especially when it comes to taking control of your finances. Clear your mental clutter by defining your priorities. Do you want to:
- Start saving for early retirement
- Save to buy a house (or van, or boat, or cabin..!)
- Become location independent
You can of course have multiple goals – but prioritising will help your thought process when important decisions need to be made.
Of course, all the mental preparation can be meaningless if you’re surrounded by mess. Your physical environment is strongly connected to your mental state – if your home is cluttered and distracting, your mind will be distracted, too.
If you haven’t read it already, I highly recommend The Joy of Less. The author takes you through the steps needed to cultivate a minimalist habit, and is a must-read for anyone interested in simple living!
Write it Down
Sometimes, all it takes it putting your problem on paper for that worry to seem so much smaller.
Keep a notebook for jotting down your thoughts, plans, and goals. This could be in the form of a diary, or you could even get really organized a get a planner.
I got a great planner at the beginning of the year and it has helped me become so much more organized in tracking my goals, budget, plans and daily tasks.
As a blogger, I’d also recommend considering starting your own blog. Starting a blog was the best thing I could have done to focus my mind on what really matters in life.
Read Next: Declutter Your Life: Top Tips for Clearing the Clutter from Your Home
Take Some Alone Time
Do you ever schedule in ‘alone time’ to your day, or do you just grab time wherever it’s spare throughout the day to focus on yourself?
I hadn’t really thought a lot about the difference in those two scenarios until I really needed to evaluate my life and how I was looking after myself. That’s when I realized that I was putting everyone, and everything, before myself. I felt guilty at taking a day, or even an hour, just to treat myself at any time of the week.
I’ve tried to change that a lot this year. Maybe you should, too? Try scheduling an evening where you just spend some time alone. That could mean taking a bath, doing a face mask and reading a book. It could mean going out for a walk. Whatever suits you and allows you to reflect, relax, and restore.
I truly hope one of these routines resonates with how you make sure you’re practicing self-care.
If not, there are many other ways to ensure you’re maintaining a minimalist mindset as well as a clean environment, so don’t give up! We’re all different, and we all find our groove in different areas of life.
If you like this post, also check out my articles on minimalism and getting started:
Going Paperless: Clear ALL Your Paperwork Clutter & Go Digital in 5 Steps
10 Ways to Start Your Journey Towards Minimalism
Declutter Your Life: How to Clear the Clutter in Your Home
Whichever method works best for you, the point is always the same – remember to take time out of your day to care for yourself!
How do you clear your mental clutter?