Person To Person: Emotional Clutter Can Impact Your Life

By Judi Light Hopson, Emma H. Hopson and Ted Hagen
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Clearing your brain of past failures and ugly scenarios, like your ex-spouse who cheated, is a good idea. It’s easy to waste years on reliving hurtful incidents and bad experiences.

Tribune News Service

Can you imagine trying to clean your home or hold a dinner party with moving boxes stacked up all over the place? Picture how you’d be limited in walking from room to room.

That’s exactly what it’s like to have emotional clutter in your brain. Too many worries, fears, unresolved issues and pressing chores will make you feel frozen.

When you try to think creatively and come up with good ideas for changing things, the old stuff will crowd out any creativity.

In order to make your life flow better, it pays to do some mental housecleaning.

Tossing out what you no longer need is a good idea. This is kind of like defragging your computer. Also, making some bold decisions to deal with a stressful issue might help as well.

Clearing your brain of past failures and ugly scenarios, like your ex-spouse who cheated, is a good idea. It’s easy to waste years on reliving hurtful incidents and bad experiences.

Taking control of present-day stress is critical, too. Make up your mind to stay in the driver’s seat and find solutions. Otherwise, your brain will subconsciously try to deal with issues all day and all night.

“When both my parents were in a car accident, my life got really complicated,” says a young executive we’ll call Jenny. “With all their problems, my own three kids, and a killer job, I was mentally going downhill fast!”

Jenny says her husband Todd tried to offer advice and help. But, he got completely overwhelmed, too.

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