It’s comforting to have a friend that you can depend on when you’re going through a rough time. Someone who certainly filled this role for me back in the UK was Jane.
I think it helped that she’d had her own struggles, so there was a kind of fellow feeling. It meant we could each other, too.
For me perhaps, her most appreciated action was her ability to know, if she came to see me during one of my ‘spells’ that the stack of dirty dishes in the kitchen (a) wasn’t my usual style, and (b) was probably getting me down.
Without asking, or waiting to be asked, Jane’s tendency was to roll up her sleeves and get the kitchen looking ship-shape once again. A job like this could easily take you all day when you’re feeling lousy. Someone who’s not suffering, though, could probably dust it off in ten minutes.
Here’s the thing that strikes me though. Just as clutter can be a sign of someone’s low mood, it can also work the other way round. Perhaps you’ve found, as I have, that living in an untidy space can actually contribute to you feeling down in the first place?
Here’s my suggestion for today, then. Why not set aside a modest amount of time (even five minutes can work) to tidy up one part of your environment?
It could that pile of clothes or papers in the bedroom. It might be a desktop, or a coffee table in the living room.
It may even be the junk drawer in the kitchen. Come on, we all have one of those, don’t we?
Note: you’re not setting out to tidy your whole house – simply to get one small part of it looking manageable again.
A tidy space can mean a clear mind.