Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Relieve Stress By Being Organized

Modern living has become so fast-paced in such a way that people lose time due to increased activities brought about by advances in science and technology. In today's busy world, daily existence becomes a source of stress. Everyone seems to be busy with so many things going on at the same time that they have allowed their homes, offices, and even cars to become so messed up.
When you look around inside the houses of some of your neighbors, you will see that the clutter is so overwhelming. It's a kind of stress that can make one more vulnerable to potential health problems. Once the body releases chemicals like cortisol, which actually decrease the body's immune function, you become prone to illness and health problems.

Children who were raised up in chaotic households come to school a lot more stressed, hyperactive, and a lot more upset in general. Indeed, life's annoyances and/or frustrating situations can build up to cause stress and experience a low grade of anger.

That is why there is a need for more high-energy forms of physical activity, such as exercise, boxing, boxing, martial arts, or weight training, to provide an effective release of negative emotions. Physical activities can turn otherwise potentially unhealthy emotions into motivation for increased health and well-being.

In the same way, getting things organized also takes a lot of physical energy. Cleaning up such clutter allows a person to lift those boxes and move around things. Do not be overwhelmed by the clutter and get stressed even before you start doing anything.

Some people usually don't know where to start when it comes to tidying things up. According to Ruth Phillips, a professional household organizer for seven years, she abides by this guiding question: Are you keeping it or tossing it? Her suggestion is to start in the first two feet and start moving around the room until everything is covered and done.
On the other hand, psychologist Mark Crawford encourages families to tackle the chaos together.

“Get everyone to see the benefits of keeping your home and environment a little less cluttered and a little more organized,” he said. His strategy is to start by taking one area such as one corner, one desk, one drawer. Once done, pick the next small task.

In doing so, you might be able to find things you have misplaced or have been looking for. Make it a point to assign each thing or item a “home” where you can always put it back after its use.
Being organized can be an extremely effective stress reliever. It minimizes stress hormones like cortisol, and allows for the release of endorphins, your body's ‘feel-good’ chemicals, giving your mood a natural boost.

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