5 ways to calm your anxious brain

Make time for those activities.

During the pandemic, and especially during the lockdown, many people finally started clearing the clutter from their homes, a phenomenon The Washington Post called the “great clean-up.” If you haven’t already tackled your pile of junk, now might be a good time to do it.

“Cluttered spaces tend to get in the way of clear cognitive thinking,” said Catherine Roster, a professor at the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico who has studied how cluttered homes affect people. “It has a disruptive effect that can seep into other aspects of a person’s life — not just their emotions but their productivity.”

Hiring a professional organizer to clean up the mess isn’t in everyone’s budget, so Dr. Roster for relying on a buddy – ideally someone who also cleans their house. Together, you can act as a sounding board for each other to make decisions about what to keep and stay on track. Listening to music while you sort and organize can also help motivate you, she added.

“What I see in my patients is that many seem to be emotionally messy,” says Barbara Greenberg, a clinical psychologist in Fairfield County, Conn.

Information overload combined with social isolation or not meeting your social or emotional needs “is a very bad brew,” she added.

If there are people you care about and who you lost touch with during the pandemic, don’t be shy about getting back in touch, she urged.

“We need the support and levity of people who make us feel good,” said Dr. greenberg.

If it’s been a while, it might feel a little awkward to reconnect at first. But just be honest, Dr. greenberg. For example, you could say, “We lost touch during the pandemic, but things are calming down now and I’d really like to see you. Not seeing you is one of the things I’ve missed.’

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was original published at “https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/14/well/mind/stress-anxiety-mind.html”