“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.” – Marie Beyon Ray
Our environments influence our health, self-perception and communication skills. If you find yourself reacting rather than mindfully responding – get rid of any clutter in your environment asap. Clutter is reactive. Managing the health and energy of your environment is a self-care practice that delivers big results.
1. Set aside some time and prepare yourself by deep breathing and feeling a sense of letting go. One quick way to lower the stress hormone cortisol and increase the feel good hormone testoterone is to stand with your arms outstretched, take up space and breath deeply for two minutes.
2. With pen and paper visit each room or space in your environment.
3. Remember that even though others may not see a room or space, it is still influencing you.
4. Look around, be open and allow yourself to sense what is supporting you and what is bringing your energy down. What is your space telling you about you? What needs to go? What gives you a good feeling?
5. Can you breathe deeply in this room? If not, what is constricting your breath? What can you change?
6. Look around and check your perception. Can you take everything in visually and feel wonderful? If you can’t look at it while feeling great, something needs to change. What?
7. Notice anything that reminds you of how loved and cared for you are. Highlight these areas and expand this energy.
8. Take notes and list what changes are doable today and in the weeks or months ahead.
9. Note: This is not your “to do” list. This is part of your “live brilliantly, live healthy” plan!
10. Remember to include personal care cabinets, spice cabinets, storage areas etc. Everything is connected.
Every footprint matters.
When making purchases it is a good idea to imagine where the item(s) will go next. Will they be recycled or donated? If the landfill will be their final resting please reconsider other alternatives.
Self-care action step: Eliminate clutter and unused items from your environment twice a year, once a month or when the need arises!