| Jan 28, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Learn How to Declutter for Mental Health 

We all know someone. 1 in 5 Canadians are diagnosed each year. It does not discriminate against age, gender, income level, or culture. It may be you right now. With Bell’s amazing “Bell Lets Talk Day" on the radar, it became top of mind to put our feet firmly in the waters.

Cleaning is directly linked to mental health. A 2010 study by The Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that participants who described their houses as cluttered or contained unfinished projects were more likely to show signs of depression, anxiety, and fatigue. These participants were also found to have higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Cleaning products that contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals were also found to be linked to depression and neurological degernation.

A study out of Princeton University Neuroscience Institute that was published in The Journal of Neuroscience found that when your environment is cluttered, your ability to focus is restricted. The clutter limits your brain’s ability to process information.

Even if you don’t want a residential cleaning service, or maybe can’t always afford green cleaning products, there are steps you can take to make sure that your space is affecting your mental health in a positive way.

1. Make a plan

Find something manageable you know you can commit to every day. It can be as simple as hanging your jacket up at night, or making your bed in the morning. Pick something realistic that doesn’t cause stress to form when you think about it.

2. Follow Through

While your commitment may seem simple, it may begin to become inconvenient. However, practice does make perfect and you will find that the more you repeat a behavior, the easier it will become to do consistently.

3. Forgive yourself

If you find that you do stop acting on your commitment that’s ok. These things happen, what’s important is not to hold on to the feeling of failure, but to pick yourself back up and start again.

4. Talk about it

If you have a roommate, a partner, or family that you live with, tell them what you’ve committed to. Become accountable to someone who cares about you.

5. Ask for help

If you find that these tasks are becoming too much or you don’t have the energy, it can be a sign of depression. If you need to talk, 1-833-456-4566 is the national crisis line in Canada. It’s ok to not be ok.

On January 31st, Bell will donate 5¢ to mental health initiatives for any tweet with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk, a view of theirInstagram or Facebook videos, or any text message or phone call made on their network.