At some point in your life, you may have gone through your belongings and gotten rid of what you did not need anymore (hello, spring cleaning!). There are even various programs (think KonMari) that help you go through and purge your closets. Have you ever done a mental purge of your closet? And by closet, here I am referring to your mind. The vast majority of us have mental and emotional baggage due to our life experiences. How often do you sit with those bags and work through them? It can be scary to revisit past experiences, especially if they were traumatic or involved some kind of abuse. Think of how freeing it would be though, to rid yourself of that baggage. To live your life, without something holding you back. Moving beyond limitations that past experiences placed on you.
Mental health is just as critical for your overall being as physical health. Your brain is the hub of your mental activity. Keeping your mental health strong is keeping your brain strong.
I journal on a regular basis. This helps me work through the sticky points in my life and keeps me feeling on top of things instead of at the mercy of my emotions and thoughts. For me, journaling gives me clarity of mind. However, I am not saying journaling is for everyone. There are different ways to work through baggage. Therapy. Exercise. Meditation. A trusted confidant. And lots of patience.
It takes time to work through mental and emotional stuff. It won’t be a one-time session. A lot of us are working through limiting beliefs that we inherited from our parents and that we have lived with for years and years. Purge your mental closet and give yourself grace.
Take care of your mental health! Health is whole body wellness, physical, mental, and spiritual.
In peace, love, and wellness,