Most of us are familiar with the benefits of decluttering our physical space, but what if we could declutter our experiences and thoughts in the same way we do with our clothes? We're continually solicited by people, social media, and society in general, to always keep our minds entertained - but how much of it is intentional, and how much do we do by default?
In my experience as a life coach, I've noticed how lowering the volume of external noise, and nurturing a calmer mind, can help us to feel centred, build self-trust, and make better decisions. Here are five ways you can get started:
1. Create white space in your calendar
Take a look at all the commitments you've made this week. Which ones truly spark joy and add value to your day, and which feel like an obligation? If you reduced them to the bare essentials, which would you keep? Seeing white space in our calendar may seem scary, but this is often what we need to tap in to our own real desires. With an experience that's intentional and meaningful, the satisfaction is so much higher.
2. Practice getting bored
When was the last time you felt bored, and you didn't reach for a distraction immediately? Social media is probably the easiest way we fill that void; we spend an average of two hours a day scrolling, staring at a screen. Next time that you feel the need to reach for your phone, simply observe your craving and stay still. Breathe through the discomfort of not knowing what to do with yourself, and notice your surroundings and the flow of your thoughts. By sitting with the discomfort for few minutes, you'll notice how the craving and stress gradually decreases. You may use this time to check-in with yourself and with how you feel. You might realise you haven't taken a break in a while and need some fresh air.