Emotional Clutter and Mental Health, Carlsbad Therapy

Why our Minds are Cluttered

From Clutter to Confidence


“Clutter is a weight that has built on top of you so gradually, you don’t even realize anymore that is holding you down.”

~Mary Johanson

Emotional Clutter and Mental Health

Emotional clutter affects your mental health as well as the relationship you have with yourself. If your emotions are getting the best of you, it is highly likely the messages you are sharing with yourself are ones that bring you down. Case in point, when you are presented with a challenge and in that moment, you tell yourself, “I am not good enough” the inevitable outcome will be that you simply are not. What you think about yourself is how you will feel about yourself. The sum total of your thoughts is a parallel link to your mindset. Your state of mind dictates every action you take or do not take. Emotional clutter is the same thing is mental clutter. A distorted view of self, in turn produces negative thoughts, which are then reinforced by negative emotions that in turn shape your actions.


“Many of us feel stress and get overwhelmed not because we’re taking on too much, but because we’re taking on too little of what really strengthens us.”

~Mary Buckingham

Why our Minds are Cluttered

Our minds can very noisy. There is a voice telling you to do better or try harder, to pick this up or drop that off… As your mind fills up with internal chatter, you can become anxious, stressed, depressed, and so on. Internal chatter can come from a trigger or triggers. Triggers are thoughts, feelings, and actions including physical reactions that resurface from some sort of event or someone’s actions. Important note on triggers… while you can be triggered by an event or someone’s actions the real activation of a trigger is what you are telling yourself. Put more simply, your thoughts and underlying beliefs automatically triggeremotion and when your emotions are in charge of what you think they are also in charge of your behaviors.

Daily frustrations and any other negative thoughts about people or situations can get in the way of your life. Mental clutter gets in the way of truly living. When our minds are cluttered we are not present and when we are not present we are not focused on things we actually value.


“There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.”


From Clutter to Confidence

Imagine what life could be like if you could reduce the mental and emotional clutter that so easily gets in the way of our lives. When the mind is not cluttered you become present and the mind quiet. Close the door to un-needed thoughts that rule your life and live in the moment. When we live in the moment, we have the ability to create our lives. Confidence comes from a space where we are not afraid to try… and even if we fail, we learn from it and try again. Confidence is not a thought it is a way of being. Confidence is not something you either have or you do not… confidence happens when you accept your weaknesses, your imperfections and faults and use them to motivate yourself to make improvements in your life and challenge yourself to transform in a meaningful way. In a way that makes you the very best you… not perfect but perfect for you.


Alison Strateindividual