December 8, 2016 • Volume 9, Issue 54 • Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines
Finding balance with your stuff
If you’re going into high gear with holiday shopping, consider this: How many of us really need more stuff? Buying something just to give something can stress your budget—and maybe stress the recipient, too.
Some research has found a link between a cluttered living space and higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. According to health psychologist Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, author of The Well-Ordered Home, the first step toward serenity is have only what you need.
Carefully weighing what you bring it into the house (yours or someone else’s) keeps clutter from growing. Consider gifts that someone can consume, like a special delicacy or tickets to a show or sporting event. If finances are tight, think homemade treat or a gift certificate for some service you can provide.
Winnowing down the stuff you already possess can be a slow and emotionally difficult process—unless you’re in the grip of “the manic urge to purge.”
For columnist Julie A. Fast, clearing out her kitchen cupboards and tossing her craft supplies is a powerful red flag.
“For me, I know that even the smallest desire to put things in bags and give them away is a sign I’m in a mood swing. I have to focus on managing what’s in my head, not what’s in my kitchen,” she writes.
Sound familiar? A compulsion to clean and organize often accompanies a shift into hypo/mania. When that behavior escalates to discarding things you really do need away—clothes, dishes, furniture, even family heirlooms--regret is bound to follow when the mood episode is over.
Find out Julie’s creative solutions. Read “Fast Talk: The Manic Urge to Purge.” >>
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