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How a Clean and Tidy Environment Can Improve Your Mental Health Do you find yourself stressed a lot of the time? Do you feel overwhelmed and unable to find a solution to life’s problems? There could be certain triggers for your behavior and addiction that go seemingly unnoticed or undetected. Dirty living areas or rooms with a lot of mess can also clutter your mind and contribute to negative behavior. Picking up and removing unneeded clutter is the best way to help bring a sense of clarity and ease to a racing mind. Here are just a few ways to improve your mental health and maintain a healthy and thriving lifestyle. Make Your Home More Inviting To Others A clean and fresh smelling home will be an inviting symbol to guests to come in and get comfortable. Why does it matter what other people really think of your living space? Maybe you ask yourself this question frequently. At the end of the day, it should matter to you and only you, but surrounding yourself with people you love who are also a positive influence in your life can help keep your lifestyle and sobriety in check. Have you noticed that most residential drug treatment California-based centers are clean and welcoming to clients and guests? This is the same concept that you might want to follow with your own home and personal space. Having more positive people in your home to support you will help keep you thriving and hopefully sustain a positive mental health status. Reduce Stress And Anxiety Keeping your home clean and sanitized may be able to help you with reducing stress and anxiety. This is because you’ll take more pride in your home when there is less clutter and your living environment looks good. There is no mad dash to clean when guests pop in to say hello because you’ve already been cleaning and sanitizing your living space. This leads to less emotional distress because you won’t be accidentally tripping over clutter and shoving things aside. A cleaner smelling home makes it easy to relax and concentrate on the task at hand. Here are a few tips on keeping your space clean, especially if you have a busy lifestyle: Set aside a few hours each week to deep clean your entire home. Take time out each day to complete indoor and outdoor chores. Drop off items including clothes that you don't use each day at a local donation site. Set up a recycling center in your garage or basement to help eliminate the amount of waste in your home. Struggling with a dirty home and being unable to find items can boost stress levels and be an underlying trigger to drink or possibly abuse prescription or recreational drugs—especially if you have had a substance abuse issue in the past. Promote Organization And Save Time Is your home office clean and tidy with minimal items piled on your desk or furniture? If not, now is the time to straighten this area up. Books, files, and paperwork that are properly put away or eliminated all together can help with your mental clarity. If you suffer from bipolar disorder, depression or any type of mental illness, it’s important to free up clutter and generate an organized space. Not only does it make it easier to concentrate on the task at hand, it saves you time when you have to address tedious tasks such as bill paying or tax preparation. Boost Physical Well-Being In order to achieve mental clarity, you must be physically healthy. If your kitchen is clean, tidy and organized it will be easier to eat better and prepare meals more effectively. Keeping your cupboards organized will make it simpler to see what ingredients are available for a healthy meal prep.  A refrigerator that is clean and disinfected can help reduce the risk of contracting food-borne illness. Some contaminants such as salmonella, mold and Listeria can lurk within a fridge and on expired food. Consuming contaminated food can not only affect you physically but also affect your mental health and make it easier to grab cheap, high-calorie processed food. Keeping your mental health in check is important at all times, especially if you have a past history with abusing drugs and alcohol. Making sure that your home life is tidy, clean and organized can significantly reduce your stress levels and lower your risk for using illegal substances for comfort in the future.
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