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How to Marie Kondo Your Mental Health

By Kat Harris

Hi, friends! I am so grateful that you are back for another episode and I am so excited to share this one with you! This week I’m talking to Dr. Therese Mascardo—she is the CEO and founder of Exploring Therapy, where the mission is to build a life you don’t need a vacation from. She gives such clear and practical insight. You will walk away from this episode with more than some great theories; you will walk away with multiple things you can do TODAY to support your mental health. Just like Marie Kondo aims to spark joy by tidying up, you can live a more joyful life by applying those same rules to your mental health. Commit The first step in anything is committing to the process and making the change. “You have to be motivated and willing to commit to therapy for it to work for you.” Visualize You need to be concrete and specific about what you want and what you’d like your life to look like. It helps to physically write it down! “We think about what we don’t want instead of what we do want, which isn’t that helpful.” Visualizing bad outcomes is a shortcut to having anxiety. Though anxiety is like the guard dog of our brain, we can shift our relationship with it. “It’s not just God’s way or my way—it is my way together with God.” Declutter You need to get rid of the things that are weighing you down. “Possessions are things you own and baggage is what owns you.” Baggage can be people, thoughts, items, SO many things. “We need to treat our emotions as valuable consultants in our lives.” To identify your baggage, ask yourself: “How do I feel when I am around this? Is this serving me?  Categorize You need to approach your mental health with a plan. “A therapist is usually a person who can hear your struggles, hear where you want to be, and say ‘here are the steps we are going to take.’” We need to be proactive with our problems and take control instead of being reactive when we feel things falling apart. “Allowing yourself to look down the road and plan ahead is one of the biggest gifts you can give yourself.” Order “Prioritize the tasks you are taking on for your mental health and focus on the things that move the dial the most.” You can’t focus on solving your mommy/daddy issues if you don’t have a roof over your head. You need to prioritize what you put your energy into. “Work on your relationship with yourself first.” Joy Consult with your feelings and discover what sparks joy. “Ask yourself if it sparks joy, not other people, not Instagram, not your friends.” Seeking input from others is valuable, but we have taken it too far. I mean how good is all of her insight? You can keep up with her on Instagram at @exploring.therapy and her website If you know anything about my style, it’s this: simple and minimal. I love feeling feminine and pulled together but hate when it takes a lot of time and drama to get ready! For jewelry, I love minimalistic pieces from Ana Luisa! I love the quality of their pieces, the reasonable prices, and they are socially conscious—they use 100% recycled gold. If you want to buy some pieces from Ana Luisa (AND get $10 off your order), go to

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