Much like its physical counterpart, mental clutter causes us to feel overwhelmed. It inhibits our ability to focus on the things that matter. When your mind is busy, thinking clearly can be a challenge.
When you declutter your mind you have room to think, room to consider your options without distraction. You’ll also find that staying present is that much easier. The reason our thoughts make us anxious is because they either pull us toward the future or back into the past.
Neither of which is helpful. When you’re truly in the moment your attention is honed on the task you’re busy with. (This single-focus approach will also improve your memory.)
You’re not going to have any luck staying present, if you don’t first declutter your mind of extraneous thoughts and make room for the ones that actually matter.