#WellnessWednesday: Decluttering to improve your mental health

Fikaon 26 August 2020
#WellnessWednesday: Decluttering to improve your mental health

Make things easier for yourself by streamlining your environment with our latest wellbeing piece from Fika.

August is nearly over, and thoughts are turning to getting ready for the new term, whether you’re heading to uni, starting sixth form or hoping to go back to college at some point this year.

New starts are a great time to clear out not only the physical stuff in your life, but also your thoughts. If your surroundings are cluttered, your mind can be too. Streamlining your environment - whether physical, mental, or digital (how great would it be to have an empty inbox?!) - gives you the space to deal with stresses as they arise and benefits your mental health and wellbeing. Here’s where to start:

Declutter your mind

As many as 74% of UK adults report having felt so stressed at some point that they felt overwhelmed and unable to cope. 

Much of our stress comes from spreading ourselves too thinly. Our brains simply aren’t designed to split attention in too many directions all at once.

Thankfully there are various hacks we can use to simplify our situation and focus on the most important tasks to restore peace, clarity and focus to our overwhelmed minds.

At the start of each day, make a note of all the things you need to do, then go back over the list and cross off the ones that, on reflection, don’t actually need your attention - or at least not today. Give yourself some space to breathe. 

Declutter your workspace

Research shows that people who work in cluttered environments get less done and feel more frustrated. 

Whereas a tidy, defined workspace that separates home and uni life, with a bit of greenery and a touch of blue, can be brilliant for productivity.

So starting today, what can you do to create a study zone at home? Perhaps tidy your surrounding working area, or move to a quieter room and switch off all distractions. 

Most importantly, make sure you’re not working in bed! Switching your environment from your bed or the sofa to a desk will really help you focus and keep that all-important relaxation space separate from dissertation nightmares.

Decluttering can help you get ready for the new term and start with a positive mindset - if you’re a Fika user, let us know how you get on in the Fika app’s Community feed. Fika has partnerships with 41 universities across the UK. For a list of Fika’s university partners, please click here

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Fikaon 26 August 2020