Do you ever feel as if there is too much noise in your mind – from over thinking, to anxious thoughts, through to keeping up with work pressure and family commitments? It’s almost as if our minds have become cluttered and we have no idea where to start when it comes to sifting and throwing out things that are taking up way too much space in our minds.
If I don’t take care of my house, and I neglect it, the mess around me starts to affect my mood, and it makes me feel a bit anxious. Because my home should be my safe haven, a place where I can relax and rest. How can I do those things if I am not intentional about cleaning it and looking after it?
The same goes for us, especially when it comes to our mental and emotional well being. What we think, we feel, which in turn affects or influences the way we behave in our day-to-day. Therefore we need to declutter our minds by sifting through all the thoughts that are bothering us, and seek peace with clarity of thought.
HOW CAN WE DECLUTTER OUR MINDS?
1. Write about it: I love writing! I love it because it helps me to visually see what is occupying my thoughts. When I write, I also feel like I gain perspective on what’s holding my thoughts captive.
2. Talk about it: Talking things through with someone you trust helps you to process what you are thinking and feeling, and it gives you perspective. Plus, letting out what has been burdening you makes you feel like those inner thoughts are no longer caging and overwhelming you.
3. Seek God: One my favourite verses is found in Psalm 46:10 and it says, “Be still and know that I am God”. I love this verse because when life feels a bit much, I simply bring myself to a pause, and let go of everything that I am trying to conquer and hold on to, and let Him do what only He can do. It’s one of the most freeing things to do. Plus, I feel so rested in those moments of surrendering all that weighs on me to Him. In those moments of seeking and surrendering, He always answers me, guides me, and gives me clarity of thought and peace!
Do not be anxious about anything,
But in every situation,
by prayer and thanks giving,
present your requests to God
and the peace of God which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4 : 6 -7
When our thoughts start to weigh on us, it is always good to know that we can come to God and ask Him for help. We try so often to carry our burdens by ourselves, that we forget to reach out to God, and ask Him for His help. It’s exhausting trying to do it by ourselves, especially in our own strength! I love knowing that we can come to God no matter the issue, and He will lovingly respond to us. If something is weighing on you, and you’re feeling anxious, then why not lean into God’s presence and call out to Him.
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