How Mental Clutter Impacts Our Stress

The battle with mental clutter can often feel like a losing one. And after it we feel emotionally and physically drained too!  The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s talk about how mental clutter impacts our stress and what we can do about it. I’ll share with you strategies that will help you prioritize, streamline, and manage your hectic thoughts. Then, you’ll have more mental space to enjoy the moment.

How Mental Clutter Impacts to Our Stress

Mental clutter is something we’re all familiar with: the to-do lists, the reminders of things we haven’t done, the constant barrage of information. This mental overload can lead to actual exhaustion. Our mind is in a constant state of an adrenaline roller coaster which takes a toll on our bodies. When we have so much on our to do list, our brains struggle to focus. We constantly switch from thought to thought assessing which projects can get done right now or should be saved for later. It gets to the point where it’s easier to avoid or numb out by scrolling on our phones rather than get the actual task done.

However, there are tools and techniques that can help manage this clutter and bring some much needed relief. Our brains need breaks to integrate everything we learn in a day and to get rid of information we don’t need anymore. When we don’t give it these pauses during the day, we are just adding to our stress levels.

What You Can Do

Look at your daily energy schedule

For the first technique, I want you to look at segmenting your to-do list by the time of day. At certain times of day we are our sharpest and at others we have more energy physically. Look at your to-do list and optimize when you put the tasks on your calendar. This method helps you remember tasks and allows you to prioritize what is most urgent and important to you. By simply breaking down your to-do list into manageable tasks based on when you are at your best you can transform your worries into achievable tasks.

Notice where you focus your mental energy

The second technique is checking out the four quadrants of time management from the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (affiliate link). This tool can revolutionize how you handle your workload and focus you on what actually will help you achieve your goals each day. The four quadrants of time management are a practical framework that helps you prioritize tasks based on their urgency and importance. Understanding these quadrants can help you in managing your tasks and time efficiently. This removes the mental clutter by reminding you what you need to be doing versus not.

Brain dumps are important

Managing mental clutter is more than just organizing your to-do list. It’s important to take time to unpack and break down your mental clutter into smaller, manageable tasks. This act of ‘brain dumping’ can help you view your worries in a less overwhelming way and can aid in stress management. It’s like telling a little kid “go clean your room” and they immediately feel overwhelmed. When you feel like you have a big project in front of you and you don’t know where to start, it’s easy to avoid it. Take a moment to brain dump all the steps you’ll need to take to get it done. You can even write out how stressed you are about it all so that you finally get that out of your head too!

All Clutter Impacts Us

As we journey through the process of understanding how clutter impacts us (go listen to the physical and emotional clutter episodes now), it’s important that we take daily steps to declutter our lives. We need mindfulness practices, self-care, and extending kindness to ourselves as we work towards achieving our goals. It’s about taking small steps to declutter our lives, overcome procrastination, and make progress towards our goals.

In essence, clearing mental clutter is about creating a balance in our lives. It’s about learning to manage our mental space effectively, reducing stress, and maintaining a sense of peace and control in our daily lives. By implementing these strategies and tools, we can start to regain control over our mental clutter and live a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Remember, tackling mental clutter is a journey, not a destination. It requires consistent effort and practice. But with the right tools and techniques, you can make this journey a lot easier and enjoyable. So, start your journey today and reclaim control over your mental clutter.

 A Special Guide for You

I have put together a special guide and workbook to continue to support you in detoxing from all the stress you are feeling mentally, emotionally, and physically. It has 30 ways to release all the stress you experience so you can pick what works best for you. The workbook helps you reflect on how stress is impacting your life so you can create a clear plan of action to support yourself better.

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