Stress can affect not only the body but the mind as well. Another name for this mental stress is called mind clutter.

Mind clutter can come in many forms and many disguises. In today’s busy world- job pressures, family responsibilities, faster and faster technology which demands immediate answers, are all wreaking havoc on our internal stress levels. Mind clutter seems to overtake our brains in the form of
“ unrealistic to do lists”, “negative self talk” and ”feelings of anxiety , sadness or in some cases depression”.
When you are feeling overwhelmed your mind feels cluttered. You feel frazzled and pulled in so many directions you do not know where to begin. Life drags, you feel a weight upon your shoulders. This weight can even make it difficult to let go of past resentments, memories or mistakes and does not allow you to be free of future worries.

With intent you can change your mind set- you can free your mind. Let go of mind clutter and focus to regain inner peace, work more productively and have more meaningful relationships. Are you ready to declutter your mind? Experts suggest asking a series of questions to decide what to keep and what to let go of. Take each thought pattern, each emotion, any internal experience that holds you back and pose these questions:

Do I need this? Is it essential or necessary?
Does it serve me? Is it helpful or useful?
Am I attached to it? Can I let it go?

Like you need to clear your office of clutter to work productively- you also need to clear your mind of clutter to be able to support the wellness habits of diet, exercise, stress reduction and sleep. It is your overall wellbeing (mind set) which affects your wellness (diet, exercise, stress reduction and sleep).

Follow these 5 Simple steps to Lighten the Mind Clutter Load and Let Go!
1. Breathe- take yoga or meditate, go for a walk in nature
2. Declutter your environment- your desk, your home
3. Prioritize- do less and focus on what’s important
4. Slow Down- eat mindfully, rest well, take time to enjoy the small things in life
5. Get it off your chest- Talk it out or journal your thoughts, say no to those negative thoughts.

“Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” anonymous