EAP Matters

Unclutter Your Life


Clutter isnít only physical.  Mental and emotional clutter can keep you from doing what you really want to do. 


Monitor your influences.

Screen out negative influences in your life including the media, unnecessary noise and people.  Even if theyíre family members that you canít avoid altogether, make a decision to limit the time you are around them.


Learn to say NO.

ďNoĒ is a way of setting boundaries with others.  Itís one of the first words you learned when you were born.  Use it!


Take time for YOU.

Time is short for all of us.  Make a decision to set aside time just for you, even if only 15 minutes a day.  Lock the door, turn off the phone, send the kids outside, but do it.


Have a garage sale or donate unused items.

Getting rid of the physical stuff you donít need frees you up mentally and physically.  Make room for writing that book, sewing that quilt or whatever it is you have always wanted space for.


Keep perspective about whatís important.

Material things may provide a temporary sense of satisfaction.  However, if youíre overwhelmed by the debt those possessions carry, then youíre adding to the clutter. Free yourself and create choices for the things that really matter to you.  If you canít pay for it, you donít need it.


Embrace quality time.

Schedule time for the things and special people in your life and then FOCUS only on them without distraction.  You will both enjoy your time together more if you know beforehand that nothing else will get in the way.


Set priorities.

Itís impossible to do everything well.  Develop a pecking order of priorities and streamline it until you have only those things on your list that really matters.


Who cares? 

Even if you believe everyoneís watching you, the truth is no oneís paying that much attention.  Learn to find satisfaction and enjoyment in your own life.


Live Your Life.

What works for someone else may not work for you.  Take direction from your inner instinct and go with it!

Source:  Carmen Stine


Thereís something about having a clean closet and a clean mind.  You tend to feel refreshed and liberated.  If you need help uncluttering your life, contact Alegent Health Employee Assistance Program at (402) 398-5566 or (888) 847-4975.