There are many ways this happens and here are a few example: clutter creates unrest, fatigue, stress and anxiety.
I have worked with many clients who have suffered from stress and anxiety for years before realising that the clutter they were surrounded by affected their wellbeing. This picture was taken at the home of a single mum of two young children and it was the way it looked on a daily bases. After we had worked together on a weekly basis she said that she noticed a reduction of her stress level and had started to sleep better and felt much less tired.
So how does it work?
According to Sherrie Bourg Carter psychologist & author, the reasons why clutter leads to stress are:
- Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to overwork on stimuli that aren't necessary or important. In this modern age, our brain is constantly visually stimulated. It affects our ability to focus on what matters.
So adding visual stimuli in our environment creates unrest and fatigue which, in turn, lowers our energy level.
- Clutter makes it more difficult to relax, both physically and mentally. It is really hard to fully relax in a room that is full of clutter because our brain is constantly drawn to the excess of 'stuff' at the periphery of our vision. This lowers the quality of our resting time which in turns affects our energy level.
- Clutter constantly signals to our brains that our work is never done. Which creates anxiety. It is a constant reminder of unfinished tasks. There will always be in our lives some unfinished list that create some kind of anxiety, so by dealing with our clutter, we can feel that we are in control. Which is a boost for our wellbeing and energy.
- Clutter creates frustration by stopping us from locating what we need quickly (e.g. files and paperwork lost in the "pile" or keys swallowed up by the clutter). Tis is a real 'stress monster'. Because it generally happens when we are in a hurry and therefore prone to stress. The stress feeding itself often leaves us exhausted at the start of our day.
So in conclusion, clutter is the enemy of relaxation and rest. The good news is that we can actually deal with it. By tackling it and committing to keeping at it, you will be able to regain control and raise your energy level.
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