How does decluttering your home help with your anxiety? Throwing away and tidying has a positive effect on anxiety. Read more here.
Research in Great Britain showed that on average, Britons spend 15 hours a week stressed out about work, health, money and love. And when asked how they cope with it, most of the respondents stated decluttering as the main activity they go to when they want to relieve the anxiety.
According to the poll conducted by Kärcher, a global brand dedicated to developing improvements in cleaning technology, positive effects of decluttering are experienced after 13 minutes as claimed by the 60% of 2000 respondents.
The poll results stated that respondents felt peacefulness and calm after cleaning up their homes, with three of ten stating they start tidying up as soon as they return from work as a method to de-stress.
The most interesting information was that 34% of respondents cleaned not because their homes needed it, but because it made them feel better.
This makes decluttering a completely new stress relief discipline, right there beside yoga and meditation. British Journal of Sports Medicine even perceives cleaning as an exercise and includes it in their studies on the benefits of working out to the human mental health.
Their study showed that 20 minutes of cleaning can be used effectively to fight depression, while the study conducted by the University College London states that it may help in delaying ageing in middle-aged and elderly population.
It helps you be organized
If you let your stuff pile up until the mess becomes so great that it starts suffocating you, soon enough you’re going to feel these effects in every part of your life. Although organizing requires effort and patience to be done in full and appropriately, it will also provide you with more free time which you can use to relax or do something fun.
By organizing your home you will be able to reflect that to your relationships, responsibly make choices, gain more energy and feel better about yourself. The best way to approach decluttering is by creating the plan and starting with small tasks, like cleaning up drawers for example. The idea is to get organized without adding to the existing chaos.
Gives you ideas on what to change
It’s no wonder homes get cluttered pretty quickly since humans tend to collect all sorts of things which either depict them and their personalities or represent their interests and habits. But people change and, over time, so do the ideas and activities which define us.
Almost every home has trophies representing something the inhabitants like or love, for example, an artist or décor style. Due to the memories they carry, we are unable to remove them but rather add on more and more. Just like we grow as people, our homes grow with us not only in size, but in clutter.
Deciding to lose some of the things will give you a clearer idea of who you are and where you see yourself in the near future.
Removing the totems of previous interests will show you how you’ve changed and evolved culturally and anthropologically, thus presenting you with the chance to explore some new hobbies and curiosities.
This will give you inner peace and help you define yourself better, and consequently help you deal with life events without panic and anxiety but with tranquillity and reason.
Makes you choose healthier dietary habits
The way we look impacts how we perceive ourselves and deal with our surroundings. One of the reasons for that is that our lifestyle is directly responsible for weight gain, brittle hair, acne and other physically visible sources of anxiety.
A study published in Psychological Science in 2013 reveals that clutter increases stress levels in your brain and so, just like with any other stressful situations, your coping mechanism kicks in and you start eating comfort foods or even worse create eating disorders like NES or overeating.
On the other hand, the study showed that if you spent time in organized and tidy space for 10 or more minutes double their chances to choose a healthy snack over sweets.
Relieving anxiety lets you have quality relationships
It doesn’t come as a surprise that how you feel affects your surroundings and more importantly the relationships you have with people in your life.
The more you keep your anxiety issues unresolved, the greater are the chances that you’ll create all sorts of other conditions like depression and anger, not to mention the negative view of the world and discomfort.
Chaos in your home may stop you from having guests or entertaining people, as well as make you feel ashamed of yourself and influence you closing up to the outer world as a way of hiding your flaws.
But Dr Eva Selhub author of Your Health Destiny: How to Unlock Your Natural Ability to Overcome Illness, Feel Better, and Live Longer believes that by hosting the events in your home, you will more likely start cleaning and keeping your house in order.
Gives you a motive for redecorating
You will often hear people tell you that change will do you good, but actually, it is necessary to reboot yourself and regain your strength. And there’s no better occasion to redecorate and update your living space than when you decide to declutter your home.
Place your furniture and other belongings in a super cheap storage and have a feel of your bare living space. Forget about what used to occupy your home, and ask yourself what kind of décor would make you happy and responsible enough to prevent mess and clutter ruling your life.
If you only decide to change the wall paint, that’s also okay since any change of your surroundings can feed your desire to get rid of anxiety and start living free of tension and fear.
Help is intended to aid you, not to replace you
Another important issue to tackle is that anxiety may prevent you from decluttering your home. In case you can’t find the strength to move even one thing in your home, it’s time to ask for help to make that first move, and even the second one if required.
The easiest way would be to hire professional help or cleaning service, and just observe the clutter disappearing from your home. But that wouldn’t help with your anxiety and the old habits will stay, and soon enough the mess would come back.
That’s why it’s important that you actively participate in decluttering, and instead of hiring help, consider asking for it from your loved ones. Let it be a group effort where you all declutter your home together, and you can even turn it into something fun like a party or get together.
All in all
Some people believe that you should just pick up a trash can and throw away all the things cluttering your life.
While that sounds tempting, never forget that it promotes rash decision making and childish behaviour. If you want to rid yourself of anxiety for good then you must use reasonable and less aggressive approach.
But once you start with creating routines, organizing your stuff, changing your habits to make possible the healthy way of life and regaining the control of your life, you will feel anxiety slowly and surely going away until one day you wake up as completely liberated and confident person, as you deserve to be.
This post today was a guest post by the lovely Helen:
Helen Bradford is a student who enjoys writing about health, interior and exterior design. She spends her spare time doing fitness and traveling.