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Best Health - - NEWS - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY GE­OF­FREY ROSS

You know that feel­ing that washes over you when ev­ery­thing is in place? It’s more than just a sense of ac­com­plish­ment; it’s the dis­so­lu­tion of stress – and it has real health ben­e­fits. While some re­search sug­gests that clear­ing clut­ter can aect cor­ti­sol lev­els, other data in­di­cates that do­ing away with dis­ar­ray can ac­tu­ally im­prove your health. For in­stance, one study showed that keep­ing a clean kitchen can help you con­sume fewer calo­ries. An­other study found that re­duc­ing vis­ual clut­ter helps with mild cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment. Clear­ing your whole house may seem over­whelm­ing, so start small: Be­gin by tidy­ing a sin­gle desk or closet. When you’re done, step back, smile and let the stress melt away.

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