What Is A Major Cause Of Stress And Anxiety?
When the launch of our clothing label was fast approaching, life was frantic with long hours at work, resulting in chaos at home.
Things were not put away, laundry was falling behind, and before I knew it our little townhouse was cluttered, which caused me stress and anxiety. I was starting to feel like my life was out of control. So, on the weekend I spent a good four hours cleaning up, putting items away and clearing out my wardrobe in preparation for our label’s clothes.
I can’t tell you how fabulous I felt afterwards and how I knew the week would flow smoothly at home due to the tidy up and clean out.
With this having happened so recently, when I saw this article on how psychologists state that clutter is a significant trigger to add stress and anxiety to your life, I knew I wanted to share it with you.
“Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. Messy homes and workspaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Yet, rarely is clutter recognised as a significant source of stress in our lives.”
- Psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter
Why? There are eight main reasons.
1. Clutter makes us feel overwhelmed since it exposes us to a lot of unimportant stimuli, thereby causing our senses to work overtime.
2. It takes our attention away from things we should focus on.
3. It makes it more difficult for us to relax mentally and physically.
4. It signals to our brains that our work is never finished.
5. It makes us think about how we’re going to tidy up all the mess.
6. It makes us feel guilty for not being more organised and embarrassed, especially when someone pays us an unexpected visit.
7. It hinders our productivity and creativity.
8. It frustrates us by making it more difficult for us to find what we need and taking up places that allow us to think and solve problems.
Luckily, unlike other life stressors, such as our relationships or jobs, clutter can be easily fixed by putting aside some time as I did above to de-clutter and by only buying what you need in the future.
Carolyn (Caz) Rowland is a fashion designer at Cazinc The Label, model, lifestyle blogger and professional Image Stylist. Caz is also a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching. Caz is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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