You do yoga five days a week, meditate and even splurge on a monthly massage. So why are you still feeling so agitated all the time? Getting to the bottom of the sources of stress in your life won’t just put a smile on your face. It can also improve the function of your body and mind. Living in a constant state of tension can put you at risk for chronic pain, fertility issues, even heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Read on for six surprising ways stress can sneak up on you. Eliminate them now so you can get back to your ohm.
1. You’re surrounded by clutter
When the space you live or work in is cluttered, you’re adding unnecessary tension to your life. Thanks to how your brain processes visual information, it will automatically think chaos (even if you know exactly where everything is), according to research from the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute published in The Journal of Neuroscience. And the effect isn’t pretty: the visual interpretation of disarray will hurt your ability to focus, make you distracted and even slow down your knack for interpreting information. (Clutter is particularly counterproductive at work.)
Quick fix: Carve out time to reorganize your space. Minimize the clutter and your brain will thank you for it.
Read about the other sources of stress and how to fix them here.