‘It’s okay not to be okay’ – Doncaster-based Blue Box Storage – Doncaster Self-Storage, which operates more than 1,500 Self-Storage units across Kirk Sandall, South Yorkshire is expanding its resources on Employee Mental Health and urges other companies to do the same.
It is important that a company must offer its employees comprehensive mental and emotional support at no cost whatsoever! We’ve heard of the slogan “You Matter”, which is to address employee and person’s well being across four areas; health, mindset, nutrition and fitness.
Bryan Merrett, owner of Blue Box Storage – Doncaster Self-Storage had this to say:
“It is often overlooked in our society, but acknowledging and addressing mental health is very important, these issues are real, growing; and in so many cases, people don’t know where to obtain help.”
Addressing mental health is part of a broader Self-Storage initiative to empower employees to improve their overall well-being and work-life balance. “A complete wellness program means meeting the mental, physical and financial needs of our team,” Bryan said. “We want to be sure that we are taking the best possible care of our team members and their families. If we take care of our team members, they will take care of our customers.”
Self-Storage Decluttering Is Good for Your Mental Health
We’ve all had that moment when we look around a say ‘how did it get this bad?’ Clutter can easily snowball into something out of control – whether you were ill one day and couldn’t face tidying up or have simply been so busy that sorting out is the last thing on your mind. But living in a cluttered environment can have some surprising negative effects on your mood, your attitude and your general mental health – and only a good de-clutter and organising can put it right. Getting rid of the clutter in your life can make you feel more focused, help you relax and aid productivity, not to mention just make you feel happier in yourself. How? Well have a look at this!
The Effect on the Brain
When you were a child in sunny Doncaster, always playing with your toys, riding your bike with friends, I bet your mum always told you to tidy your room, or your teacher told you to straighten your desk. At the time you probably found it annoying, but now science can back up their good intentions and nagging. Using MRI’s and other sophisticated scientific tools (whose names I can’t really pronounce), researchers have found out that clutter affects your brain’s ability to concentrate and process information.
Our recent blog post on ‘Can Self-Storage save your Relationship’ explored the relationship between 32 families and thousands of ‘clutter’ objects in their homes. Their research conclusively proved that clutter has a strong effect on mood and self-esteem, with women getting particularly stressed out by clutter. They said it was rather like multi-tasking, except instead of overloading your brain with lots of things to do at once, you’re overloading your senses, making you feel stressed and unable to think creatively.
So, why do we feel better after a declutter? In fact, clutter is bad, and it can affect how we feel within our own homes. It can take the everyday fabric of your Mental energy, leaving you feeling exhausted, anxious and overwhelmed – why do you think that those who move to a new home, may suffer from anxiety or low mental health as they live out of boxes? So, how can Decluttering help you Mental Well-being?
Improvement on your Concentration
Clutter ruins your focus and interrupts your ability to concentrate. Instead your attention is drawn away from what’s important and onto the pile of things you need to sort out. Getting rid of the clutter and putting them in a Self-Storage unit means fewer distractions and makes it much easier to concentrate.
Our research team at Blue Box Storage – Doncaster Self-Storage has found that the presence of clutter can contribute quite dramatically to your base stress levels. In fact, the CEFL study found that the amount of stress experienced at home was directly proportional to the amount of stuff the subject and their family had accumulated. So the more clutter, the more stress. This was found more in women than men, but it did affect both. Having a good clear out can make you feel calmer and take a huge burden off your shoulders.
We’ve all become distracted by clutter at one time or another. We either sit and think about the huge amount of stuff we need to sort through or (if you’re like me) use it as an excuse to do something other than what you’re meant to be doing. Take away the clutter and you take away the distractions, boosting your productivity and energy.
Among other things, clutter is a haven for dust and germs. Cluttered homes tend to have more issues with allergies, dust-based irritation and brain fog, clouding your mind and making it difficult to do things. Clearing the clutter and putting them in Self-Storage will allow you to keep the area clean, reducing dust and letting you breathe a little clearer.
Negative Self-Talk = Gone
Clutter is a constant, nagging reminder that your work is never done. This reinforces negative self-talk, encouraging you to think that you are lazy or a procrastinator. It’s also a constant ‘should’ hanging over your head – you should sort out but you haven’t – which can make you feel guilty. The only way to get rid of this negative thought spiral is to get rid of the cause – the clutter. Your brain loves order, so having an organised space will encourage positive thoughts and emotions.
Moving to a new home is stressful and can be very disruptive on your Mental Health. Much like any relocation, Self-Storage is a great way to alleviate the hassle of finding a safe place for your belongings. It offers the perfect solution when Moving to a new home, by providing a safe and secure space to store your belongings. At Blue Box Self Storage, we offer a large selection of storage units that vary in shape and size to best suit your needs. Our units are fully alarmed* and monitored by CCTV to give you extra reassurance that your contents are safe and secure. It’s important that you protect your items when they are put into storage and that’s why we sell a variety of packaging material as well.
We understand that moving to a new home can take time, with constant delays occurring regularly, which is why we offer flexible leases where you can rent a Self-Storage unit for as short as 14 days or for as long as you need. If you’re looking to purchase more furniture or trying to sell your old furniture, we’ve got you covered as you have the option to upsize or downsize your unit, only paying for the size of the unit that you need.
While a little chaos can be beneficial, especially for creatives, the human brain is wired to respond positively to order. If you’ve ever blitz cleaned a room one day, you’ll know that feeling of deep satisfaction when it’s done and the room is clean and tidy. That’s not just the feeling of a job well done – it’s a physiological response to order. It’s easier for the brain to deal with organised spaces, so it doesn’t have to work so hard, leaving you feeling calm and energised.One of the ways you can achieve that feeling is by using Self-Storage. If you go through the decluttering process, you might be able to get rid of a lot of things, but there will always be one or two things that you can’t bear to part with. If that’s the case, Self-Storage is the answer. This way it can still be out of the house, but you don’t have to part with it for good. If you need a hand with the decluttering and the Self-Storage process, just get in touch with us on 01302 593593
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