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Emotional Decluttering Hacks for Minimalism Beginners


Hello friends this is Youheum. Thanks for
joining me today. I’ve been practicing mindfulness,
sustainability, minimalism, and wellness for five years. I was able to overcome my
anxiety attacks, feelings of shame, and negativity through emotional
decluttering. Today I’ll be sharing the step-by-step guide to emotional detox
and letting go, which can help you on your physical decluttering journey. If
you’ve been feeling a bit lost in your practice of minimalism or if you’ve been
looking for the next step, I hope that the exercises that I’ll be sharing will
shed some light in your practice. If you’re looking for tips on physical
decluttering, feel free to check out my video and you can also download the
Minimalist Workbook. In my practice, emotional decluttering is the process of
letting go of toxic influences, negative mindset, and self-destructive thoughts in
order to bring emotional well-being. My focus is never really on denying
negativity or eliminating feelings like anger, sadness, or loneliness but it’s on
embracing and understanding my own feelings with clarity and mindfulness.
Also, be sure to share with me where you are currently struggling with. What have
you been feeling these days that you were not able to express to other people.
I would also love to know if you have any other techniques besides minimalism
that you use for emotional healing and letting go. So the first step I recommend
is to identify your goals, intentions, and needs. I know that external influences,
criticism and judgment can make us confused as to what our true needs and
wants are. We might be thinking that we want more material abundance and
external praise but what we truly want might be self-love, support, and safety. When we have distractions and unwanted stimulation, we can easily
forget what brings us real happiness. For this exercise, I want you to ask
solution-focused questions and you can write this down in your journal or
download my Minimalist Workbook for additional questions and resources. So
the first question is… If I committed to minimalism and emotional decluttering
what would change in my life? How will I be able to tell that I’ve done
enough? What new opportunities can emotional well-being bring in my life? So
instead of saying my life is not the way I want it to be because of this and that
try to align with the statement… I want some major changes in my life for the
better and I can improve this part of myself. The second step is to know what
your capacity and comfort level is and this includes knowing your own limits. I
know that we often try to do everything and be everything which can lead to
burn-out. That’s why it’s important to be mindful of your own feelings and
physical sensations while exploring your thoughts, memories, and negative emotions.
I recommend following this exercise. So for example, this can be your answer to
this question… I often feel angry at other people and I recently felt angry
when someone didn’t agree with me. But when I was talking to my loving friend, I
felt so much better. And in the future, I want to do more sharing and connecting
to overcome my feelings of anger. But I know that sometimes this is not
available and when I can’t talk with my friend, I can at least journal or take a
walk in order to take my mind off of it and in order to feel a bit better.
This approach allows you to find an alternative when immediate remedies are not available. It’s easy to want what we
don’t have because we are often reminded of our own physical lack. That’s why it’s
crucial to focus on what you can do that’s easy, readily available, and abundant in the present moment. So do what you can
without forcing expectations onto yourself or onto others. The third step
is to surrender. I know that it’s easy to say “just let it go” to someone
who’s struggling but it’s difficult to empathize with their suffering and pain.
To me, letting go is understanding the presence of suffering and embracing it
fully. So I think it’s a bit dangerous to assume that we can be without conflict
and negativity in our lives. We can’t force perfection onto ourselves because
we naturally have to deal with negativity in order to grow and move
forward. We don’t have to run away, destroy, or eliminate what we can’t agree
with. We simply have to be aware of the pain in order to dissolve it into light.
In this exercise, I want you to focus deeply on your feelings to promote
self-awareness. So don’t let the small signs of inner conflict slip away.
Try to stay mindful and present when anger or other emotions come up in your
life. This means focusing deeply on that anger and recognizing how you are
breathing, how are you feeling physically, what your body temperature is, and just
the general sensation. If you’re comfortable, I want you to ask yourself why you’re so
angry. It’s best to acknowledge and accept your feelings
without denying it and resisting it. Even if the feeling is negative and unwanted. If you feel overwhelmed or exhausted, simply let yourself cry and express your
struggles with honesty. You don’t have to assume that you have to be a perfect
human being without vulnerabilities. You can be there for yourself and support
yourself through this hardship and struggles. Additionally, I would love for
you to read Debbie Ford’s book The Dark Side of The Light Chasers, to get
started on shadow work. Which is the practice of healing your disowned and
buried emotions. The last step is to find and commit to what nourishes you, what
brings you joy, and happiness. So what are some practices that you can try out
today or whenever you are ready in the future? You can also feel free to follow
the blog link in the descriptions for a checklist of tools that you can use for
emotional decluttering. I also want to add that minimalism may not be the
solution that everyone is seeking. I feel that maximalist can also find emotional
healing and nourishment. So I want us to all take our time, be gentle, and flexible
when finding the right tools for our unique selves. Also, you can find
additional resources in my Minimalist Workbook, exclusive podcast episodes on
Patreon, and my upcoming masterclass course which you can sign up on my
website. I hope that I was useful in some way. Thanks again for being here my
friends and I hope to see you again soon.

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