The Relationship Between Physical and Mental Space: FOCUS Takeaways

In the latest FOCUS event, our speaker, Shanon Williams of Selfcare Housekeeping, discussed how she maintains an organized life, both physically and mentally, while coping with mental health challenges. Shanon’s business revolves around helping her clients realize that their “messes” may be stemming from something deeper than just being messy, and that in taking care of their environment, they can also take care of themselves.

Shanon has found that those who are suffering from depression often neglect basic tasks such as cleaning and hygiene. When your mind is cluttered, your house can become cluttered, and vice versa. Visible indicators of such issues include not only obvious messes, but also constantly losing keys, forgetting to pay bills on time, or just general underperformance. Shanon recommends setting goals for how you would like your environment to look, then move toward making those goals a reality in your space. Improving organizational skills also helps. She suggests using organizational tools such as plastic bins or accordion folders to keep things visible and accessible.

Key takeaway: Physical space directly correlates with mental space, so be sure to care for both! Talking with trusted individuals and setting goals are great first steps to take.