When you’re surrounded by clutter, it’s hard not to feel anxious or stressed. In fact, 84 percent of Huffington Postsurvey participants said they worry about organization in their homes. Stress can weigh greatly on your health, but fortunately there are several ways to ease it. Here are some smart, easy destress methods from the experts at ShelfGenie:
- Declutter your home.
According to Shape, clutter can affect everything from your mood to your sleep patterns. To help declutter and destress, try separating your items into four piles: keep, sell, donate, and toss. If you’re not sure about an item, put it aside and see whether or not you miss it. If you don’t, you and your space will be better off without it. Once you sell, donate, and toss your unneeded items, you’ll feel more relaxed in your space.
- Simplify your schedule.
Disorganization can complicate every task on your to-do list, from making breakfast to gathering files. To simplify your schedule, organize your items into like-categories. By having all your kitchenware together, it’ll be easy to grab your measuring cup, skillet, and blender for a quick, healthy breakfast. As well, organization eliminates the stress you feel when sorting through countless items to find the one thing you need.
- Make time to refresh.
When you’re organized, you can save time simply. Be sure to use this extra time wisely. Think about what relaxes you. For example, you may want to set aside time each day to meditate, practice yoga, paint, or take a long walk. Giving yourself time to relax can keep stress at bay while bringing more joy to your schedule.
- Create an exercise zone.
Exercise is one of the best ways to battle stress. Why? Because exercise can boost your mood, improve your sense of well-being, and give you more energy. Try creating an exercise area in your home. One way you could do this is by organizing a cabinet with items like weights, jump ropes, sneakers, and sweatbands. That way, it’ll be easier to convince yourself to exercise each day.
- Choose healthy foods—for your body and mind.
Your diet has a huge impact on your health—both mental and physical. When you feel stressed, avoid processed foods, excess sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. Instead, pick foods like leafy greens, berries, and avocados. To stay on track, organize your pantry with your best options front and center. These options may include dried fruits, pistachios, seeds, dark chocolate, and relaxing teas. By giving yourself easier access to these stress-fighting foods, you can eat well for your body and your mind.
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This article originally appeared on the Local Moms Network.