What is Clutter and How Does it Interact with Anxiety?

  Do you remember that I have been talking about clutter? Actually, I had been talking about clutter and anxiety. Here I am going to discuss the second form of clutter. Clutter is often seen with people who suffer from anxiety. Why so? Probably one cause is procrastination, also often seen in anxiety sufferers. Clutter and procrastination are often combined with anxiety. This second form of clutter is already a true suffering. It means that the person cannot get rid of old stuff. They think that the stuff might come handy “later on”. In people who suffer of this form of clutter, “later on” can mean any time between now and 25 years or more ahead. So, if clutter is piling up, it will take up all available room in their homes. Obviously, life doesn’t get any easier with all that stuff around. Not only does it take physical room, but there are also unwanted vibes around, energy that should have been released long ago. Do you get the picture? It is best practice to eliminate old stuff every week. I mean old newspapers, magazines and the like. If you think that you are going to read them “later”, it will always be “later” and it will never happen. One has to be rigorous. If you are piling up your papers (also other papers, that are not necessarily newspapers) you will soon get into a mess. Paper creates dust. Then you get dust everywhere. Ultimately, you will get dust in your thoughts and anxiety might set in or get worse. Why? Because then you feel guilty. Guilty for not...

Procrastination?

Yes, many of you will confirm that this is a problem. Anxiety sufferers often put off what they should do. It is also understandable because anxiety and procrastination are very often related. But then they also feel guilty and we come to the common denominator  which is low self esteem. Does this ring a bell? Why otherwise would you be afraid of carrying  out your tasks? Always thinking that others might find you made a mistake? So what! Everybody makes mistakes. And who does not, usually doesn’t do anything at all. Mistakes are human. It is better do DO than not to DO. Better make a mistake than not do anything. If you develop a habit to carry out whatever your task is and not to postpone it, you will be satisfied. Satisfaction is an excellent motivator. The more you do your tasks in time, the better for your self esteem. And if your self esteem gets better, your anxiety might get less. It does not disappear overnight but if you put some effort in your habit, you will be surprised by the positive effect it  has.  Give it a try, it certainly is worth...
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