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Stress Management - Clear Your Cave to Make Stress Behave!

Ilenya Marrin

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Your Cluttered Cave, Chaos and Stress

Do you come home to your cave each day and claw your way through clutter? Do you flop in front of the television because the couch is the only clear space in the room? Do you gobble chips or eat out because the kitchen mess is too much to tackle?

Your home environment has a huge impact on your stress level. If you feel stressed, can't lose weight, or are often sick with common colds and the like, look around. Is the chaos and crud in which you nest adding to your stress burden?

Here's a clue. If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of cleaning up and clearing out, the answer is a loud “Yes!"

Wake Up Call

You deserve better! Clean up the mess. Scrub out any dirt. Clear out the junk. Simplify. Create order. Create beauty and harmony. Start wherever you can, do a little and then a little more. Keep going. One whole level of your stress might just evaporate as a result, leaving you free to improve other areas of life as well.

Carrie Jean's Story

A woman I'll call Carrie Jean was constantly stressed over finances. She couldn't stick to her healthy eating plan and had gained 40 pounds in two years. Depressed and anxious about long-standing family discord, she described her house as a total mess because she just didn't have the energy or interest to keep it up.

Carrie Jean started telephone consultations with me. Encouraged by our first call, she spent several hours cleaning her place. Surprised at how much better that made her feel, she bought new curtains and a handful of decorative items at her favorite thrift store. Within a month, she transformed her “hovel" into a charming home. She felt more peaceful, enjoyed living there again and could once more be proud to invite a friend inside.

Over the next few months, Carrie Jean continued to report small improvements to her living space. She gave away clothing and knick knacks that no longer fit her body and lifestyle. She reported with delight finding just the right items that matched the new, more peaceful and creative self she was creating. Her mood and finances improved significantly. She dropped excess pounds. Her stress levels got lower and lower.

Carrie Jean's modest home became a reflection of the way she was releasing stress and conflict, nurturing herself, and making wise choices for a more peaceful and harmonious lifestyle. In turn, the harmony and beauty of her home supported Carrie Jean as a peaceful sanctuary in which she could relax, renew and restore herself after the stress of her work activities.

Let Your Home Support Your Stress Relief Efforts

Take a hint from Carrie Jean and clean up your environment to kick start your process of stress reduction. Step by small step, you can transform your living space and give yourself space for becoming calmer, steadier and less-stressed.

And if you'd like more stress reduction tips to support your process, I invite you to sign up for my free newsletter, 17 Simple Stress Solutions, at

Dr. Ilenya Marrin is a personal peace consultant, spiritual counselor, inspirational speaker and author of ebooks The Power of Personal Peace: Reducing Stress by Loving Yourself from the Inside Out and 77 Loving Steps for Success.


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