I remember as a child my mother used to say: A messy room shows a messy mind? and this has stuck with me all my life, so much so, that I can only truly focus on work and important tasks when my space is tidy. We tend to be more stressed, anxious and reactive to situations than ever before, so somewhere deep inside of us we are not at peace, not calm and sometimes not very happy.
There is evidence to suggest that there is a direct correlation between clutter and stress; clutter can adversely affect your mood, your self-esteem, your focus and your ability to process information. This is due to your mind being overloaded, overwhelmed with irrelevant and unnecessary stimuli, therefore your brain is unable to switch off from the little irritations and focus on what needs to be done.
A study carried out by researchers at UCLA University of California, from 2001-2005, looking at the impact of clutter on 30 families, has proved this point.
If we are experiencing stress in so many areas of our lives today, would it not be wise to find simple, easy and manageable steps to change and reduce stress where we can.
By de-cluttering your environment, this could be your home space and or your work space, by making it less busy and less messy, this would be a relatively easy way to address one area that tends to add to the feelings of stress and anxiety.
The idea is that you can impact your own sense of well-being, your own inner calm and peace, by choosing to make a simple change in your behaviour and by creating new habits. This could be anything from making the bed every morning, or clearing the kitchen at the end of each day, or once a week getting rid of one thing you no longer use.
I believe that if we make things easy and simple to do, we are more likely to make the effort to do them, and in this way, over a period of a few months, you are likely to notice a difference with the minimum of effort on your part.Yes, I want my life back!
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