7 Ways To Declutter Your Mind This New Year

January. The miserable weather. A long-awaited payday. The post-festive indulgent slump. It’s always been the least favourite of month’s hasn’t it? But as each year passes and the world becomes a more scary place, I’ve come to realise that heading into a New Year is a gift. The dreaded January is simply a negative and cluttered mindset that we have become accustomed to over the years.

So in a bid to help banish those January blues I’ve put together a list of 7 Ways To Declutter Your Mind This New Year to embrace a more positive, appreciative outlook for 2020.

7 Ways To Declutter Your Mind This New Year

Mind Dump

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Start the New Year with a mind dump.

Write down everything that is clouding your mind and try to figure out ways to make positive changes. You’ll probably find that there is one clear aspect that is having a knock-on effect with everything else in your life.

Writing down your anxieties and worries on paper allows you to take ownership of your fears and gives you the opportunity to make a plan. What do you want to achieve moving forward? Is there something you need to change? What will make you happier? Make a plan and take control of it to help start this new year on a more positive footing.

Work Out Your Finances

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Eek. Finances. Now here’s a way to start the year on a fun note. But in all seriousness, starting the year with a clearer idea on your finances will help ease anxieties that you might be dealing with relating to money.

Put together a spreadsheet. Make a plan to get on top of any debts. Explore any ways you can reduce any utility bills. Starting the year with an honest, however painful, finance plan will unearth any anxieties you have surrounding money and free up space in your mind to focus on looking after your mind and enjoy the new year ahead.

Email Declutter

Set aside some time to sift through the emails. It might sound like a tedious task but decluttering your inbox is a great way to declutter your virtual life for the start of the year. Be brutal and unsubscribe to any mail lists that aren’t relevant to you anymore and make folders to store any emails that you want for future reference. It’s an admin task that we all put off but it’s easily doable instead of spending an hour mindlessly scrolling on social media one evening.

Social Media Detox

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We all know that social media can play a huge part in fueling our anxieties and self-doubt. It can, at times, become an addiction that we keep reaching for subconsciusly. Allowing those thoughts of self-doubt, comparision and negativity start eating away at you. But we are the controllers of this addiction and it’s easy to relieve this….

Leave your phone in a drawer or in another room. Hit the unfollow button on anyone who isn’t making you feel good about yourself. Unfollow everyone and start again. Or simply delete the app. It doesn’t have to be forever. Just long enough to get your head back into your real world and start afresh with a new positive outlook on social media.

Black Out Time

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No phones, devices or television. Set aside some time to switch off from any form of technology and embrace it. Play a game, read a book or a magazine. Meditate or just sit in peace, if that’s ever possible in your household! Find something that doesn’t involve a screen and make it a brand new habit this New Year.

Get Some Fresh Air

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When my anxiety is at it’s worst, it’s usually when I’ve been indoors for long periods of time. Days often. The effort to leave the house with babies and children is unreal. It’s like that scene in Home Alone when they’re leaving for the airport every blooming day. So it’s sometimes easier to just stay home and sit in the fog of gloom.

I’ve never been an outdoorsy person. Something that is kind of rubbing off on the girls. But since becoming a parent, there’s no denying that getting out of the house, however long it takes, to get some fresh air in our lungs, always blows away the fog and clears the mind. So this year I’m going to make a conscious effort to get us all outside more. I find playparks mind-numbingly boring, so I’m making a plan of unusual, outdoorsy places to visit and explore in Surrey which I’ll share here soon.

Practice Self-Care

According to this article, the average Mum only gets 17 minutes to herself a day. Hardly suprising when our lives are so chaotic and fast-paced.

For the last four years I’ve been promising myself that I’ll get better at the whole self-care thing. I even spent a week in hospital scolding myself that I don’t look after myself properly and that I would make some serious changes. But it’s not always so easy.

Time is precious and life is manic, but I need to take care of myself better this year by doing a few simple things. I want to make more time for baths and face masks and I’d love to start reading more. Sleep is high up on my list and at least one night a week I want to be in bed early instead folding washing at 11pm or scrolling mindlessly on phone until stupid o’ clock.

What things would you recommend to do in order to Declutter Your Mind This New Year?

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  1. Kate Nicol
    January 5, 2020 / 12:17 pm

    Thank you for a brilliant blog! I was in the exact same mindset and your recent post on 7 ways to declutter your mind this New Year was just what I needed. As a single, working mum to 7 year old twins I love to take a bit of ‘me’ time and read your Instagram posts or blog! Here’s to a fabulous 2020. X

    • katie
      January 5, 2020 / 10:34 pm

      Ah Kate! Thank you so much for your lovely message, I honestly appreciate it and really hope that you can make a bit more time for you this year. We tend to put everyone and everything else first all of the time even without realising don’t we? Thank you so much for your support and I wish you and your family all the best for 2020 xx

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