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Decluttering the brain

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Several weeks ago, I took advantage of one of SparkPeople's free offers to sign up with one of their partners "meQuilibrium" for a stress evaluation. Since that time I've been receiving their helpful updates. Here's the latest one I received . . . . and BINGO! Timing couldn't be better for me. Thought someone else might benefit from it as well:

How to Declutter Your Brain

One of my favorite clutter-clearing sayings comes from Gail Blanke, author of Throw Out Fifty Things: "You can’t grow if you don’t let go." Sage advice, whether you’re clearing out ill-fitting suits, getting over a breakup, or starting a new career. But we all have trouble prying our fingers from the stuff we love, even when it doesn’t suit us anymore. And when you cling to ideas that don’t serve you, you’re putting yourself in an emotional and spiritual straitjacket.

At the heart of any clutter habit is fear, and that fear manifests as indecision—which is why you keep two yoga mats and an old pair of boots that you don’t wear but can’t part with. And so you do nothing, decide to decide later, or not at all. But even indecision is a decision.

The result is another source of stress. You might think stress hits when you don’t have enough of something—money, time, or control, for instance—but too much of something can also clog up the works and create a negative stress response.

If you’re clinging to old things, whether they’re actual objects or outdated ideas of yourself, you’re staying stuck right where you are. And it’s keeping you from moving forward into the life you want.

To read more of this article, go here: www.mequilibrium
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    It's too stressful for me even to contemplate getting rid of stuff.
    2398 days ago
    Slow but sure we are going through stuff around here. The big project this summer is the garage. We want to empty it out again, (did this a few years ago) and go through all the "stuff". This time the plan is to take down all or most of big workbench that runs the entire width of the back of the garage. Will open it up a ton. Then add shelving on the wall.

    We may start going through some things on Easter depending on the weather.
    2399 days ago
    Mine is to much stuff that needs to be thrown out or given away !!
    I have started some of it, but much to go.
    Thanks, good article.
    2400 days ago
    2400 days ago
    That hits the nail on the head for me. I have a garage full of "stuff" that I have not been able to part with. I would really like my garage to be full of car instead.
    2400 days ago
    This is timely for me, too. I keep thinking I want to go thru my closets and do some purging, but I haven't started yet.
    2400 days ago
    Oh, I so needed this today. Thanks. We must be in the same place.
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