“A journey of a thousand miles, must begin with a single step. Lao-Tzu
For some of you, thinking about organizing your home or office space might seem daunting, but getting organized can improve both your physical and mental health!
Endless to do lists and piles of paper (or laundry) are exhausting. Becoming organized will allow you to have more time for yourself. Cleaning up clutter will help you make healthier choices, improve relationships and even improve your sleep.
People who describe their homes or office space as “cluttered” and full of “unfinished projects” were more depressed, fatigued and had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone released when an animal is running from a predator. Did you know that can make you gain weight? Even working on piles and lists in the middle of the day will lower your cortisol and make you feel more relaxed and happy. So start checking off those items on your To Do list.
Did you know that people who eat in a clean space eat better? They are twice as likely to choose an apple over a chocolate bar. Clutter is stressful for the brain, so you resort to eating poorly as a coping mechanism.
Did you know clearing up the clutter will boost your productivity? Clutter is distracting and affects your ability to focus. Looking at too many things overloads your brain’s ability to process information. When you’re organized at work, your more productive and efficient—and this leads to being able to leave on time, possible exercise and prepare a healthy meal.
Did you know that less mess will help you sleep better? Less mess equals less stress, which results in better sleep. People who make their beds every morning are 19% more like to report getting a good night’s sleep ad 75% said they slept better on fresh sheets.
So start organizing your workspace, meeting your deadlines and eliminating stress.
by Maria Leach