We covered in the last post the idea that clutter negatively affects your mental health; it adds unnecessary stress to your life and causes a loss of concentration and an increase in mental fatigue. In this post, we will discuss the effects of clutter on your physical health.
Your Muscles and Your Breathing
It takes an unnecessary amount of physical labor to move your stuff out of the way while you look for the stuff you actually need. I just spent an hour replacing our cardboard boxes of junk with plastic bins of junk, and then lifting them off the ground to get the junk out of the way. Out of sight, out of mind. Well, sort of. This junk has affected my arms, all the muscles that are involved in lifting and moving items (cue medical friends!) and of course my breathing since it takes a lot of energy to move these things. Although you rarely think of it, clutter physically makes you tired.
In terms of time clutter, when we pack up our schedules, we have to run from one activity to the other. Since I live further away from where I work now, I feel the urge to speed when I’m cruising from home to work, and then work to whatever night activities I have. Instead of giving 100% to one activity, we spread ourselves thin and give 10% to ten activities. I pack my schedules so that I have no time to breathe in between activities.
(Hey, let me pause this for a second and give YOU a minute to breathe. As I wrote that word before, I took in a deep breath, and it felt so good! Deep breath IN through your nose…hold it…deep breath OUT through your mouth).
Anyway…financial clutter also physically exhausts you because you have to work harder to get more money. That could mean working overtime and getting less sleep. That could mean driving from one job to the next day in and day out. That could mean more physical labor at work to build up your weekly inventory quota. Taking the time to budget could seriously give you more energy and make you more productive.
Decluttering and Physical Health
You can turn the decluttering process into a workout! I know my friends that work out at the gym are totally cringing right now. However, I don’t have time or money to work out at the gym, so I have to get creative when it comes to making a workout that actually works. Think about the physical activity it takes to move your stuff from one place to the next. Do some squats and pick up some boxes. Do some bicep curls and throw your unwanted items into boxes. Any amount of clutter you can purge will allow you to have more energy to do what you love, including working out at the gym.
Physical Health and Anxiety
Since my blog is for those who suffer with anxiety, it is also fit to mention that exercise helps with anxiety by allowing you to have a positive outlet to releasing the negative energy that anxiety brings. By having more energy and feeling more awake, your mind will be alert and will not be subject to the schemes of the enemy of our souls. Next week, we will discuss this topic more as we discover how decluttering improves our spiritual health.