A few days before Christmas is probably not the time to have physical clutter clearing as your focus, unless you are clearing away wrapping supplies or leftovers from the fridge. However, it is a great time to clear mental and emotional clutter.
Negative self-talk is mental clutter. Look for the negative thoughts that can arise after a month of too much to do and not enough time to do it. Thoughts like, “I’m exhausted!” Or, “I should have gotten xyz done.” Or, “There is still so much to do, most of which I don’t want to do.”
When you notice those negative thoughts, tell yourself, “Thank you for sharing. You are letting me know it’s time for some self-care. It’s time to stop pushing and pause to think about my blessings, what I have accomplished, how much I am loved, and what fills my heart.”
Emotional clutter sounds like this, “I’m so sad because Christmases are not like they once were.” Or, “I feel so lonely because I have no family to be with at Christmas.” Or, “I’m afraid people won’t like my gifts or appreciate all the effort I put forth to make this a great Christmas.” You get what you focus on. It’s normal to feel sadness at this time of year because Christmases aren’t like they once were. Some family members are no longer with us. Children grow up and celebrate Christmas with their own families. Some people will not be appreciative of your efforts.
However, you can choose whether to stay in a negative emotional spin or instead look for the good in every encounter and notice what you love about the season (music, colorful lights, beautiful decorations, special foods, connecting with special people).
Even if the holidays are busy, tiring days with too much to do, clearing mental and emotional clutter as it comes up will free you to be present to the joys and wonder of this special time of year. Look for the good! It’s there waiting for you to hold in your heart.