Therapists share 3 things in your bedroom that may be causing you stress and how to fix them
- Bedrooms are made for resting, but some common stressors may be keeping you from truly relaxing.
- Therapists shared three things in bedrooms that may add
stress, from clothing piles to unmade beds.
homeenvironment is linked to our overall healthCecille Ahrens tells Insider.
"Certain items and elements can create stress and cause our bodies to tense up and contract," Ahrens told Insider.We asked Ahrens and Cullins what might cause stress in a bedroom, and they highlighted three common stressors.
1. Not enough storage solutions
Cullins said the absence of adequate storage for your personal items, like toiletries and other essentials, can lead to a cluttered space. Visual clutter can make it tough to relax.Mark Loewen, a therapist and the founder of LaunchPad Counseling, previously told Insider that clutter gives our minds more visual information to process. "By freeing up space, you are giving your mind a break, too," he said.
This is why Ahrens keeps clutter minimal in her own home and says she gets rid of "things that are broken or no longer serving me or bringing value to my life."
2. Unmade beds
An unmade bed is another example of disorganization that can make a bedroom feel more stressful, Ahrens said.At the same time, making your bed might make you feel better.
Making your bed is a simple task that moves your day forward, said Admiral William McRaven, author of "Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life... And Maybe The World," in a Business Insider video.
He said that making the bed is something that only takes a few minutes to complete, and it can give you a sense of accomplishment that sets the tone for the rest of the day.
3. Clothing everywhereCullins said piles of clothes can induce stress by making people feel cramped.
But stuffing everything in the closet can stress us out by overwhelming us with choice."We can have so many clothes crammed into our closet that it prevents us from seeing all of the clothes we own," Cullins said, "which ultimately prevents us from wearing many items that we love."
To prime your bedroom for relaxation after a long stressful day, make your bed, put your clothes away, and consider more hidden storage options for smaller spaces.