Although it may sound ludicrous and a tad prophetic, it’s a good idea to declutter your life once in a while. We have all been on decluttering benders around the home, where we’ve assessed the usefulness and likeability of every iota of junk we find within our homes before we decide whether we are keeping each item or not.
Generally, if something hasn’t been used or enjoyed within the past twelve months, it’s time to chuck it away. The same can be said of you as a person. It’s time to take a step back, look within, reassess and declutter. Take a look at how you can give your life a spot of decluttering to result in a happier and healthier you.
One of the areas of our lives where we bury our heads in the sand is our finances. It doesn’t matter whether you are a homeowner, a seasoned renter, riddled with credit cards or just struggling with your cash flow, sometimes our financial worries can become all-consuming. Instead of putting those bills in your drawer and trying to forget about monetary concerns, tackle your issues head-on. If you are in a relationship, it’s vital that you lean on one another. Consider taking out one of the many loans for couples available and consolidate all of your debt into one monthly payment. This way instead of being cluttered with tens of small repayments heading out of your bank account throughout the month, one simple payment can go towards shifting your debt and seeing you back in the black. By organising your finances, you will have a more stress-free existence.
If you feel like you are stuck in a rut or simply treading water whether this is your job situation, relationships or family, it’s time to consider what it is you really want out of life. You might want to travel, settle down in another part of the country or seek a promotion. Whatever it is you want to achieve, make a plan and be proactive in order to strive for your goal. You cannot sit and wait for opportunities to arise. Get saving, get upskilling or get applying to better yourself and get to where you want to be.
Are you one of those people who has a niggling health issue that they constantly hope will get better but that they do nothing about? You might not be sleeping well, you might need to shift a few pounds, or pangs of anxiety might strike you. It can be hard to take back control of our own physical and mental well being when we don’t feel empowered or when it seems like an impossible task. However, all hope is never lost.
If you are feeling anxious or feel like your mental health isn’t in a good place, it’s important to talk. Call a friend, meet up over coffee and simply talk. By offloading, you will be surprised at just how unburdened you will feel. A problem shared really can be a problem halved. It may also be comforting to know that you aren’t the only one going through worries and anxieties when your friends can echo your emotions.
If you do feel the need to lose a bit of weight, don’t put untold pressure on yourself to hit the gym three times a week, detox and go on an unsustainable diet. Simply declutter your kitchen cabinets of the sugary treats, chocolate and pastries and start afresh. There’s nothing more motivating than seeing your fridge and kitchen cupboards full of healthy snacks like nuts and fruit. Supplement your fried food for leaner meats, baked fish, whole grains and vegetables. Making simple tweaks can result in a healthier diet and the pounds slowly dropping off.
Insomnia may strike at any time, and there can often be an underlying psychological barrier to you heading off to the Land of Nod. Enrol in a mindfulness class and learn how to rationalise any intrusive thoughts and find a sense of calmness when your mind is active. Embark on a blue light ban and switch off all tablets, laptops and smartphones two hours before bedtime. By doing this you won’t have to endure the inane tweets, and Instagram Holga filtered shots of your ‘friends’ social outings, meals and holidays seemingly showing off their perfect lives and making you feel inadequate. There’s no need to be scrolling through social media so give it a rest especially before bed.
Decluttering is an art form to master. However, by following these simple steps, you can find a more peaceful, organised and pleasant existence resulting in a more content and healthier you.