#84 Clean your space

Our surroundings affect how we feel, and how we feel affects our health. When working on our own healing and restoration, it's extra important to take care of our surroundings, and to create and maintain a healing space. Of course, the problem is... when you suffer chronic pain or disease, you don't have the energy to take care of your home, and so that too becomes a mess, leading you to feel even more drained and unwell.

But how can you heal in a messy and cluttered space?

The solution is to start smaller. No need to be over-ambitious, you don't have to do it all at once, and this is a great activity to use time-boxing on. If you set aside 30 minutes today, and focus on only one area in your home, you will get a lot done. And if the whole task just seems too daunting, remember CANI ... you can do it, take baby steps in the right direction, and you are going to get where you want to go.

Feng Shui is great as a guideline to cleaning you space. I read this book called Clearing the Clutter, and it helped me systematically sort through my home and get rid of stuff I didn't need or didn't use. It took me a couple of months of gradual work but it's given me a better quality of life that has lasted years! Charity shops are great by the way... you can clean your space, help a charity of your choice, give your belongings a new home where they are more wanted AND do something good for the environment at the same time.

A really good place to start is the bathroom, because that's the room where you clean yourself, it's important that it feels good to be there and that it is truly a cleansing area in all respects. Emptying and sorting out a cupboard or drawer is a good start for one day. Maybe if you feel strong enough you are able to do more, but don't push yourself. A good friend of mine manages to make cleaning fun by putting on dance music and dressing up in a nice dress, that way she feels better through the whole process:)

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