You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Less is More” many times. I feel like this theme is coming up a lot lately, especially if you’ve read Marie Kondo’s book or have seen her Netflix show where she helps people find things that spark joy while letting everything else go.
As a highly sensitive person, you’ve probably noticed how much you’re impacted by things, people, and situations which feel like they weigh you down. You may notice that your energy feels off, heavy, or even depleted when you’re in situations which feel like they don’t rise up to greet you.
Most of us will have some of these kinds of things in our lives from time to time and we can learn tools to support us through those situations. However, by taking some time to clear up the things we can control, we can definitely lighten our load and experience a more gentle day to day life.
As we move into some warmer weather, here in the northern hemisphere, this is a great time to do some clearing up and cleaning out of the things that are no longer serving you. Spring cleaning, decluttering, and donating will help to make your home feel lighter and brighter; yes absolutely, but you’ll find these things will help you to feel lighter and brighter too.
It’s true, lightening your load in your home will also deeply impact the way you feel mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
You may feel a little bit of grumbling when you think about taking on a project in your home.
Maybe you’re thinking:
I have a million things to do, I don’t have time to do one more thing.
Great, one more thing I have to add to my list.
What’s the point, it’s just going to get messy again, why bother or spend the time.
I’m so tired, I just don’t feel like dealing with it.
I get it, however what we know for sure, (I won’t bore you with the applied psychology reports) is that when our environment is gentle, uplifting, and clear we:
Think more clearly
Increase your self esteem and self worth
Experience increased life satisfaction
Have More Energy
Have more time to do things we want to do because there are less distractions
Many people also report that this becomes a catalyst for other healthy lifestyle shifts like exercise or investing in projects that are meaningful for them.
As a highly sensitive person, you are More Impacted by the spaces, places, and people that you interact with in your daily life. You’re like a sponge picking up everything around you, which over time can be draining and exhausting.
When you lighten your load, you’re able to have more recharge time, more rest, and more support for your highly sensitive soul.
Lightening your load is an Investment in your overall well being and quality of life. It may seem like one more thing to add to your list, but especially as a sensitive person this will give you extra support in many areas of your life.
You don’t have to take on everything at once.; just start somewhere that feels doable. Maybe a hall closet, or the laundry room. Maybe for you all you need to do is go through your home and pick up the stacks of books and magazines that have sprinkled themselves throughout the house when you weren’t looking. Sometimes, just picking up clutter and putting it away can make all the difference in the world to how you and your space feel.
As we move into this new season, this is a powerful time to take an honest look at the other things that could also be weighing you down.
Maybe there are some relationships that aren’t positive for you that have come full circle. It’s okay to hold some healthy boundaries around yourself and choose to make time for people who are a better match for you.
Maybe you feel like some old stuff is showing up again and you feel guided to do some healing around the past. Reaching out for support can really help you to move through the issues that are showing up for you.
Maybe you feel guided to reach out to someone who’s been on your mind but you don’t know how to do that because it’s _________________. Giving yourself permission to honor your inner guidance and reach out can create a huge relief for you and perhaps reignite an old friendship.
What do you feel is weighing you down right now? ____________________
What things, situations, or people seem to be repeating patterns for you? _____________________
What one action step can you take, today to lighten your load in this area of your life? ______________
Make this new month a time where you place yourself as a priority.
I know, making yourself a priority isn’t always easy for you as you tend to be aware of what everyone else in your world needs and you rise to the occasion regularly. However, you’re really important and as you invest in your well being, you’ll feel better and experience more joy and balance in your life.
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