practical mental health wellness


Simplify Your Life

Hello there! So. You've taken the time to increase the positive vibes in your home with these tips, now let's kick this mental health spring cleaning up another notch. Part II of this series focuses on simplifying your spaces. Decluttering is a vital move to increase your self-care and enhance those environmental vibes. Ask yourself: do I seriously need this?

Clutter affects your brain & mess causes stress.

Your physical spaces affect your emotional clarity and can impact your functioning. In the last ten years I've lived in 5 different states and abroad.  Living as a vagabond has its perks, i.e. I learned a few things about efficient packing but I realized I never needed half of what I had in my apartment and over time I just kept accumulating. Therefore, a few years ago I started to adopt a minimal lifestyle. I got tired of having too many things and I decided to own less.

Clutter is symptomatic of delayed decision making.―Cynthia Kyriazis

Think about going through your house and examine what things are necessary to keep and which can go. When I get on a cleaning tirade, I generally have four piles: donate, trash, keep, & friend.

After time, not only did I find my spaces to be more visually appealing and helpful toward my mood, I felt more productive in my work and living space. Less items = less stress of having to put all of the things back into their places. 

I also applied this thinking to clothing and wardrobe. In a nutshell I limit the amount of options I have & created a "uniform" of sort for each day. It has dramatically helped to decrease the stress of "finding something to wear" and has increased my time for more important things, like: making breakfast in the morning or packing a sufficient lunch.

Positive Distraction of the Week:

The more stuff you own, the more stuff owns you. Go through your newly harmonized living and/or work space and simplify. Decide what you don't need and figure out a plan for the rest. Here is a neat chart to help you part ways with those old sweatshirts, birthday presents where the t̶h̶o̶u̶g̶h̶t̶f̶u̶l̶ sender forgot who you were, and those glitter platforms you know you're never going to wear, but still try to rationalize. You can do it. 

Takeaway: By  simplifying different areas of life, you start to focus on quality over quantity and can shift your thinking prior to purchase on what matters the most. Not to mention, enhanced mood is a total win. 

Thanks so much for clicking in. Let's follow-up in a week. I'll see you next Sunday!

Best, Dr. Dyce