Self-Care: It’s More Than Just Exercise and Eating Right

When we think of self-care, images of nutritious meals and regular exercise routines often come to mind. While these are undeniably important, self-care encompasses so much more than just physical health. True self-care involves nurturing every aspect of your life, including your mental and emotional well-being, your physical space, and how you manage your time. Today I’d like to emphasize how taking care of your physical space can be a key component of effective self-care that we often overlook!

The Importance of an Organized Space

Our environment significantly impacts our mood, productivity, and overall well-being. A cluttered, chaotic space can lead to feelings of stress and overwhelm, but an organized, uncluttered environment promotes calm and clarity.

  • An organized space can:

Reduce your stress. Clutter can be a constant visual reminder of tasks left undone, contributing to anxiety and stress. By keeping your space organized, you create a serene atmosphere that promotes relaxation and peace of mind.

  • An organized space can:

Enhance your productivity. It allows for better focus and efficiency. When everything has its place, you spend less time searching for items and more time on meaningful activities.

  • An organized space can:

Reflect self-respect. Taking the time to care for your physical environment is a form of self-respect. It signals that you deserve to live and work in a space that is clean, beautiful, and functional.

Some take this to mean that everything in their working and living spaces needs to be immaculate, minimalistic, rainbow color-coded, and filled with clear plastic bins. Nothing could be further from the truth! Yes, visual clutter is distracting and a disorganized space is a time-waster and a stress-inducer, but perfection is not the goal. Being just organized enough is!

The attitude – “just enough” vs. perfection – is vital in maintaining an organized space. A host of matching, labeled bins may LOOK beautiful, but may not be realistic for you and your lifestyle and learning style. Designating homes for all your stuff and getting that stuff back into those homes at the end of the day may be just organized enough to relieve your stress and save you time and energy. When that feeling of “I’m too tired/stressed/distracted to get that stuff put away” hits, my suggestion is that you consider your future self. Think about how you’ll feel tomorrow when you wake up and walk into a reasonably clean and organized home space or office space – makes starting the day feel just a little bit easier, yes?

While the “self-care” buzzword is popular for good reason, it goes beyond exercise, eating well, and mindfulness practice. Getting and keeping your physical space organized can contribute beautifully to the way you take care of yourself in a major way!

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About The Author

Lisa Griffith is a speaker and consultant who provides services, both on-site and virtually, to help busy professionals organize their offices, systems and calendars. In addition to business and home office organizing, productivity and time management coaching, she provides workshops & seminars for business and community groups.