Creating Space Changed Everything For Me, This is What I Did
One morning I woke up feeling overwhelmed, anxious and stressed. I rolled over in bed and decided that rest was in order. I didn’t want to work, I didn’t want to talk to anyone, I didn’t want to look at my huge things-to-do list for the day. “I need space,” I whispered to myself, my head was spinning, heart-pounding, I slowly covered my face with the sheet and slipped into a deep sleep.
When I woke up it was 2 pm, dazed and delirious, I knew what I had to do to eradicate this feeling. I needed to clear the clutter in my life, stuff, work, people, I needed to start fresh and create space.
Creating space is a way of opening up your time, energy, and physical space to allow more room to live, create and fully immerse yourself in your life. It facilitates the process of intentional living and it helps you find your purpose if you haven’t found it already.
Here are some of the things that I did to create space in my life. You can try some of these things and see if they work for you.
8 Ways to Create Space in Your Life
Start Writing in a Journal
Write in a journal, release your thoughts and feelings and write down some of the things you are grateful for on a daily basis. Here are some of the benefits of journaling:
- Stretches Your IQ
- Evokes mindfulness
- Helps you to clear your mind of clutter
- Helps you to achieve your goals when you write them down
- Boosts emotional intelligence
- Boosts memory
- Cultivates self-discipline
- Improves communication skills
Life is hectic, it can sometimes be overwhelming and stressful but sometimes it is necessary to take a break, to create space, to stop and think instead of living life at the speed of lightning. Allow yourself the time and space to clear your mind and step into the present moment.
Clear The Clutter
I recently read the groundbreaking book by Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It actually changed my life, in fact, I have read the book several times, but I felt like reading it again and gaining more insight into why clearing the clutter can change your life and change the way you think. When you clear the clutter in your surroundings it facilitates the process of clearing the clutter in your mind.
“The place we live should be for the person we are becoming now — not for the person we have been in the past.” -The Life- Changing Magic of Tidying Up-
Clearing the clutter is essential if you want to create space in your life. If you have surrounded yourself with a myriad of things that you no longer use or need, how do you expect to move forward and make changes in your life? Start today by tackling one room at a time or just one drawer at a time, just get it done.
Eating simply and reducing the number of ingredients you cook with on a daily basis can help you to create space in your life. Why? Because thinking about what you eat every day can be stressful and it contributes to decision fatigue. Therefore, think of some simple recipes and stick to eating one or two recipes per week. Meal prep if you can, trust me meal prepping is a game-changer.
Learn to Say No
Learn to say no, if you say yes to everything, you will find yourself drowning in too many things to do. Therefore, instead of saying yes all the time, try saying no. If you are a people pleaser, this is the perfect time to kick your people-pleasing habit.
Create Some You Time
Create some time by scheduling some time in the week to focus on yourself. Book that facial, nail appointment or just stay at home and read your favorite book or watch your favorite movie.
Create Your Own Space
Literally, create your own space by creating a small area in your house or apartment just for you. If you have enough space in your house, create an entire room that is dedicated to you. If not, just set aside a small corner for yourself. Decorate it the way you want and fill it with your favorite things.
Practice yoga whenever you can, better still, do it daily. You certainly won’t regret it.
Audit Your Things, To-Do List
Take a long hard look at your things-to-do list and cut it down. Filling your things-to-do list with a million things is not the best thing to do if you want to create space in your life. Therefore, if you truly want to create space in your life, reduce the tasks on your to-do list and focus on the most important things.
Remember that if you want to create space in your life, you certainly don’t need to try everything that is on this list. Pick a couple of tips and give them a try. Good luck!