One thing I have found that has really helped me to become a much better version of myself is banishing negativity, or at least, as much as I can. I still have the odd occasional negative thought, self-doubt and days where my anxiety is hard to deal with. Banishing negativity takes a lot of work, reflection and isn’t always easy to do.
The first thing I found that helped me start to banish negativity from the day to day of my life was to start writing a gratitude journal. Writing down what I was grateful for helped me see more pleasure in the little things of my daily life. I started to appreciate the people I was with more and I am genuinely thankful for all the wonderful experiences I’ve had. At first, this was quite tough more as I practised this more often I found I had so much to be truly thankful for and so many experiences and lessons I could learn from.
I also found having a social media de-clutter really helped. Getting rid of people that share things that do not resonate with me, that post things that put me in a bad mood and that just generally feel a bit toxic has been really good for me.
My social life isn’t just on social media though, limiting my time with negative and toxic people during the day has been a really big learning curve. It’s said that we become the five people we spend the most time with, so those people should be uplifting people. Being around people who cause or attract a lot of negative drama can be really draining and it’s just not the kind of stress I need in my life. I surround myself with the people who love, support, encourage and uplift me. I love spending time with people that have a story to share, who inspire me and who want the same things I do.
I frequently suffer with anxiety attacks which can really bring me down. Dealing with anxiety can really tough. I find blogging has always helped me through the harder times, as well as the occasional mind dump where I get everything out of my head and onto paper. These often show a clearer view of what I’m actually worried about and a way to fix things. This really helps calm things down and again gets me focused which is exactly what I want.
Another thing I find really therapeutic and a great way to abolish negativity is to have a good clear out and declutter your home space. I think starting with the bedroom is key because it’s a place you want to relax in. Having a clear, fresh space to unwind in or even get ready in makes a big difference because it’s the first space you see each day and the last thing you see before you sleep.
Another good space to keep clean and clutter free is your workspace, particularly if you work at home. My desk is often full of clutter and it really puts me off working there. It’s one area I really want to get properly organised this year so that I can be more focused when I’m working.
It’s important to clear your life from as many forms of negativity as you can so that you can continue creating that epic year for yourself. How do you banish negativity? What are your top tips for decluttering your life?