Hey Collectors!

Clutter and anxiety frequently go hand in hand; clutter can create a lot of anxiety.

Clutter is a constant reminder of things that you haven’t completed yet. Do you have stacks of laundry you haven’t washed? Do you have a lot of mail and packages that need to be opened? Most likely you are feeling a lot of anxiety, consciously or unconsciously, whenever you walk past these items.

Besides the clutter there is the added anxiety of “What will people think? What will family and friends think if they come over and see my mess? What would neighbors think if they could see the inside of my home?” If you were not anxious before the clutter came, you are likely to be anxious now.

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Through the years I have learned some very valuable techniques to help manage anxiety. This post comes straight from my heart. Here are my five tips on easing the anxiety from clutter.

  1. Deep breathing. Try doing this away from your clutter. You can practice this in a car, park, or quite place. Inhale through your nose for a count of four; hold your breath for a count of five; and release your breath through pursed lips (like you are blowing out a candle or making a wish on a dandelion). Repeat until you feel relaxed. Try and keep your mind free and clear of intrusive thoughts while you are practicing deep breathing. If your mind starts to race, gently redirect it back to a place of peace and quiet.

  2. Journaling. Write down how you feel in the moment of anxiety. Write down all of the reasons why you are anxious. Release all of the clutter and anxiety you are hoarding in your heart by journaling and letting go of all of that tension.

  3. Exercise. Burning off that anxiety helps release all of that pressure. Exercise stimulates your nerves and circulates your blood, allowing you to relieve tension and gain clarity. I know many of my readers are retired, disabled or injured. Exercising doesn’t mean you have to go out and get a gym membership or start skiing again. I am not talking about overexerting yourself. Trying walking around a bit or wiggling without your walker. Gentle stretching is also a form of exercise.

  4. Seek professional help. Cognitive behavioral therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are some possible holistic ways to deal with anxiety. You can see a psychiatrist who would help you find medication to deal with your anxiety. You don’t need to suffer any longer! By seeking professional help, you are going let go a lot of the added anxiety and depression that you are carrying with the clutter.

  5. Affirmations. You are what you believe. If you are terrified and anxious, then your physical self is going to respond accordingly. Every day tell yourself you are strong, you are brave and you deserve to be happy. Try and tell yourself affirmations for five times a day, for two weeks, at least. Write affirmations on your mirror, put a post note it in your car. Do whatever you can to try and change your negative thinking patterns.

Does clutter make you anxious? Would you like to clear clutter to reduce you anxiety? Would you like to walk into a decluttered and peaceful home? Collector Care can help you with extreme clutter, regular decluttering work, and work with you if you are a hoarder.

Call Collector Care at 925.548.7750 or email rachel@collectorcare.com to schedule your free 30-minute consultation and learn about how we can help you!

For more information about EMDR: http://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/

For more information about EFT: https://www.emofree.com/eft-tutorial/tapping-basics/what-is-eft.html