April A-Z 2021- (C)leaning up my self-care

April A-Z 2021- (C)leaning up my self-care

When things change inside you, things change around you -Unknown

I usually reserve one day on the weekends to do my housework. It makes me feel good once the house is spic and span. When I don’t keep on top of it the clutter gets out of hand and I begin to feel overwhelmed.

The same goes for my mental health. By overcommitting myself to tasks or favors for others takes away from my self-care. I start to feel the clutter building up inside me and in one way or another it is going to come out, usually not in a good way.

At first I felt guilty telling other people no, but after a couple of weeks the guilt faded, I was using the time I would spend running myself ragged on some quality time reading, writing or studying. It has been a little over a month and I can see a big difference in how I feel at the end of the weekend.

The time I do spend with my friends is more enjoyable as I can focus on them instead of the things I need to do running through my mind. Cleaning up the mind clutter is just as important as cleaning my house, but there are still times a dust bunny will roll through.

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7 thoughts on “April A-Z 2021- (C)leaning up my self-care

  1. I find the little chores sometimes to be the most overwhelming — I spent part of yesterday organizing/decluttering my bedroom, and while it feels good to be done with it, it didn’t feel so good at the start!

    Mountains and molehills. πŸ˜‰

    Good for you for sticking to your “no”s. We all need time that does not belong to anybody but ourselves.

  2. That’s the one thing I do have difficulty with, to say ‘no’, but I am getting better at it. In the past I would always say yes immediately, and then regret it. I have learned to say ‘I will think about it’, and then when the subject comes up again, it’s easier to say no. Self-care definitely is important!
    ~ Marie xox

  3. Great metaphor. And I can very much connect. I clean one day on the weekend, but do 10 minute declutters all the other days and at least one load of laundry (or it gets out of control). I hadn’t thought of considering the overwhelm as mental clutter. Maybe I need a 10 minute mental declutter each day, too.

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