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  • Writer's pictureAshley Hartwig

A Cluttered Space is a Cluttered Mind

I did a lot of thinking yesterday on Bell Let’s Talk Day and how the space where you live affects the 'mental space' where you live.

Do you ever go to look for something and can't find it? Get frustrated because you know you have it but not sure where? It's not a nice feeling to feel that your mind is completely cluttered with thoughts and you can't think clearly. It makes me feel anxious and I am completely a flustered mess. I need to have everything I own to have a home. It's as simple as that.

When we step back and focus on our mind, body, soul of who we are, things can change. Taking time for yourself is so important. Every day we need to do what is best for us. Whether it be writing, reading, walking or just sitting and mediating.

I have learned over the years that loving yourself first is far more important than anything else. I learned the hard way and was always there for someone else never truly focusing on who I am…trying to make everyone else happy. When you dive deep inside to search for the true meaning and what brings you joy in your life that is when things start to change. Your focus of what you aspire to be, comes to life.

I have 5 steps to help you if you’re struggling with finding clarity and are ready to be the best version of yourself. This is what works for me.

Write it in a notebook to clear your mind and organize thoughts

1. Write it in an agenda / journal / notebook.

Whatever thought, to do list, appointment, etc. feels and looks better when we write it down. This is something my mother taught me. Jot those important thoughts down. When we write it down we are then putting signals (wave links) into the universe that this is something we want! It feels good for me to write down a list, whether it be a grocery list or things that need to be done in a day. The most rewarding feeling is crossing it off and completing it. Use markers, highlighters, stickers whatever gets you excited to get it out!!!

Get outside in nature to clear a cluttered mind and find clarity.

2. Get outside in nature.

Fresh air clears a clutter mind. It lets you take all of those thoughts and worries and completely wipes them away. Being outside—a walk, hike or just sitting on a bench to take in what surrounds you. The sounds you hear, the fresh air in your lungs, the beauty that is all around you is far more precious than anything else.

Herbal teas can give a sense of calm to help you focus on what is important.

3. Calming Tea.

I don't know about you but anything that brings a sense of ease of calming relaxation…sign me up. For me, I enjoy my favourite mug sitting having a tea. My favourites are lemon camomile and lavender honey green tea. Any herbal teas will give you that feeling of calmness to help you focus on what is important. We all need a little R & R once a while.

Certain scents and essential oils can soothe and give you peace.

4. Essential oils / candles.

One of my all-time favourite things to use is essential oils and candles. In a diffuser, on your skin or in a candle. It puts into the air a sense of tranquil presence. As someone who struggles with anxiety, certain scents soothe and give me peace. Lighting candles at night in your living room while listening to music, or while having a spa like bath with epsom salts, releases all the bad energy you are feeling and really gives you harmony.

A good book provide both escapism and direction helping you grow into the best version of ourself.

5. Reading.

For me, reading isn't something I loved to do as a teenager. But as I got older into my twenties I really started to feel a sense of love for books and the meaning they gave to me.

I enjoy reading non-fiction books. Self-help, law of attraction, positive attitude or psychology books are truly my favourite genre. Researching and learning has been something I have continued to do throughout my life. You always have it added to your belt and something that will never be taken away from you.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~One of my most favourite quotes by Nelson Mandela

As someone who has worked with children and in education, I believe a good book provide both escapism and direction helping you grow into the best version of ourself.

Peace & Love,

Ashley ♡

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