Did you know that cleaning your physical space can also improve your overall mind-body wellness as well? According to the experts, decluttering your physical space in order to improve your overall health and wellbeing is a real thing. I had the opportunity to ask Jaya Jaya Myra, former immunologist turned mind-body wellness expert and bestselling author about how clutter impacts health.
“Physical clutter equals mental clutter: it’s impossible to have a clear head when your space is dirty or unorganized. When someone comes to me to learn meditation or mindfulness, one of the first things I have people do is clean their house and keep their primary living space organized and clutter-free. Eliminating external clutter makes it much easier to meditate and be mindful, and it will also improve your mood, reduce stress and anxiety and more,” says Jaya Jaya Myra.
Jaya Jaya Myra’s 7 Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety Brought on by Clutter:
Tip #1: Start Small
Pick the room you spend the most time in. Commit to keeping your it clean and clutter free. Once you do this it will become easier to tackle those other places that need more work. (I do this all the time, it helps me to feel like I’m accomplishing a lot and pushes me to do more!)
Tip #2: Identify How Stuff Makes You Feel
Take time to feel how things in your space make you feel. If something you have doesn’t make you feel good, for any reason, get rid of it to make space for something that does. This could be a piece or art, furniture, clothes, dishes, or just about anything. The stuff we have becomes a trigger for different emotional states, so when you choose to only have things around that evoke happiness or contentment, you create that in your life. (And, I’d suggest that going forward, only purchase and bring things into the home that makes you feel good – don’t just buy it because it is a good deal or you’ll be the next person on Hoarders!)
Tip #3: Breathe
Even cleaning your space can be daunting, so take a moment to breathe deeply and focus on the space you want to create for yourself. Breathing is connected to good mental health and lowering stress levels, so take a deep breath or ten before you start. It will help you focus and get motivated.
Tip #4: Create Beauty
Committing to creating beauty in your space is a powerful way to ensure you focus on feeling good and keeping your mood up. Maybe this is a bouquet of flowers or potted plants, a beautiful piece of art, or something handmade. Whatever you find beautiful, add it to your space. This will help you create what you want and be willing to let go of things no longer serving you.