Unhealthy Habits

By whitney | September 5, 2013

Photo via Rodale

Photo via Rodale

Although it seems more obvious that clutter can have an affect on your mental health, few people know how clutter can affect you physically. The environment in which we live is an extension of who we are and has a profound impact on our well-being. According to Web MD clutter causes numerous physical issues, take a look below:

  • Dust, mold, dander and bacteria collects over clutter which is bad for allergies and asthma.

  • Doctors have found patients living in clutter have parallel physical symptoms such as congestion, bloating, inflammation and digestive problems which can progress into worse health problems.
  • Clutter physically drains you which can be linked with memory impairment, heart disease, insomnia and depression.

  • Keeping clutter allows fats, sugars, and harmful hormones such as cortisol to stay in the bloodstream instead of being released to combat stress. Clearing clutter allows our bodies to detox from the resulting stress effects.

  • If you cannot find your gym bag or your clean gym clothes, it’s hard to get healthy. Being organized allows time to make healthy food choices, to cook better for yourself, and have time to exercise.

Clutter is no picnic. Although tackling it may seem like it impossible task, setting realistic goals and accomplishing little victories will add up to make a life changing difference. Start the journey now, it is worth it.

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