Declutter your mind from negative thoughts

There may be times in life where we feel overwhelmed with negative thoughts and beliefs, and it can be hard to know where to start. I’ve found that to declutter your mind is a bit like decluttering your closet, and I’ll explain why.

1. Some thoughts/beliefs are worn out and no longer useable

We might find that some of the beliefs we hold no longer serve us in helpful ways. They could even be quite destructive for our mental health and our relationships with others.

Looking at them in the cold light of day, we realise how useless they are and they’d be better off being discarded.

It's rare that we take the time to declutter our minds from negative thoughts and beliefs, which can build up over many years. Sometimes we need to step back and re-evaluate whether our thoughts and beliefs are helpful to us, or whether we need to make room for new ones which serve us better.

2. Beliefs that no longer fit with your values

There may be some beliefs which no longer fit with your value system. Our values are likely to change over time as we get older and have more life experiences.

Thoughts and beliefs we had in our 20s or 30s, may not fit with who we are in our 40s, 50s, or 60s upwards.

If something no longer fits, then it’s best to discard it and choose thoughts and beliefs which do align with your values.

3. Thoughts and beliefs from other people

There have been times in my life where people have perceived me in certain ways, and I’ve gone along with their perceptions in order to “fit in” and feel a part of a group. I wasn’t good at being myself.

You might discover some thoughts and beliefs that actually are so far removed from who you are, they shock you!

Perhaps these are based on other people’s views of you, but that doesn’t mean they’re true or that you have to take them on board. Again, if they don’t fit with who you are, and don’t serve you, then let them go.

4. Thoughts and beliefs which do serve you

Amongst all the thoughts and beliefs which might no longer be helpful, you’re likely to come across the ones that do serve you when you declutter your mind.

Perhaps these are thoughts and beliefs of which you hadn’t been entirely conscious, but looking at them now you see they’re a good fit for you.

Maybe they’ve been buried under all the unhelpful thoughts and beliefs in your closet, so it’s time to make more use of them.

Letting go of the negative thoughts and beliefs

It can be difficult to let go of negative thoughts and beliefs because even though they might not serve us well, they are familiar.

We can become comfortable feeling certain ways, even if it doesn’t feel good.

However, stepping outside our comfort zone and choosing to adopt thoughts and beliefs that align more closely with our values, is a great way to grow as a person.

It can open your life up to new experiences and deeper connections with others.

How often do you declutter your mind from negative thoughts and beliefs? Is this something you could do more regularly to keep you on track with how you want to live your life?

Let me know in the comments!