Think of it as a traffic jamin your brain. Thoughts moving this way and that,some of them racing along on highways to help you get things done in the here and now, while others – those endless lists of things to do, perhaps – sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic just waiting for a gap.
Mental clutter is almost worse than having a cluttered living or work space because you can’t walk away from it –you carry it with you wherever you go. And just like physical clutter, mental clutter can make life feel chaotic and out of control.
“Clutter causes psychological stress,”says Larissa Ernst, a clinical psychologist based in Cape Town. “People end up feeling as if they’re all over the place, stressed out and tired.”