Your mom was right. You should clean your room.
Now don’t get mad at me, it’s not my fault we should listen to our parents. It’s honestly quite annoying. Yet, here I am taking time out of a week where there simply enough hours trying to clean my room.
Why, you ask?
Well, because it keeps me sane.
A clean room simply just cleans my head. If the physical clutter is gone then it feels as if the mental clutter is, too. I don’t know if there is a science behind it (although I’m sure there is,) but cleaning my space gives me a sense of ease. I can physically relax, even if it is just a little less than before. The tiny things like that can give me an edge over my anxiety to prevent a panic attack.
That’s the worst feeling, a panic attack dealing with your messy in while crying in a messy room. Feeling so overwhelmed you may as well be drowning in mental clutter, unable to breathe. It seems silly, but when you feel overwhelmed little things set you off. Your hair doesn’t look the right way, or someone ate the leftovers you were saving (that one is the WORST.)
Cleaning your room allows a space for you to relax and create peace. It’s your space and you get to control it.
When I feel an anxiety attack I fight the urge to stay in bed just so I can clean. I clean my room, put laundry away, light candles, turn my main light off and turn my Christmas lights on. It becomes relaxing. Then I can shower, do a face mask, and take care of myself. I get a sense of control back to ease my anxious thoughts.
Next time it all feels a bit too much take time to clean. I know you think you don’t have time, but it needs to become a priority. Take care of your mind, your body, and your space. All of that helps so much more than we realize.