I’m a bit of a messy person – not a dirty person, but when my Vata is high, my bedroom looks like a whirlwind of Vata energy has hit it, tossing about clothes, books and shoes. It doesn’t help that when I work, I like to have everything spread around my like a little halo of papers.
And when we are stressed out, its when we need a clean space most but have the least time to create it. Nothing makes me feel better than a clean, uncluttered space. Actually, according to Feng Shui, a clutter home displays a cluttered mind – so we’ll say its for my mental health that Ben and I have a cleaner come every two weeks. For only $40 for a one bedroom, our cleaner Seleina tidies up my life. Its obviously a luxury, but in reality is only the sacrifice of a dinner out.
Times like yesterday (Ben’s birthday) when I am running around confirming reservations, texting out friends plans and stressing over the cake…and forgetting to blog… that she throws me a life line. After all the frustration and celebration, it was lovely coming home to a clean space.
I am writing this at the risk of sounding like a brat, but keep in mind I don’t drive a flashy car or carry around designer bags – I do spend most of my pay cheque on organic food and a variety of health practitioners. Our bodies are our most important asset, and they are worth investing in and caring for, and this includes resting them. Stress prevents us from good digestion, proper sleep and (very important to me) having health, vibrant skin. And, high stress not only affects our bodies, but also our relationships.
Ben and I used to share our cleaner with our former neighbors to make her trip to our place worth her while. Last weekend I caught up with one of them, and she admitted: “I miss Seleina – we used to fight so much less when we had her”. More time fighting equals less time unwinding.
So, in summation -Stress-reduction Tip #1: Hire a cleaner. Its the best $40 bucks I’ve spent this month.