These days, chances are either you or someone you know has taken antidepressants to combat varying degrees of depression. In 1993, a controversial book penned by Peter D. Kramer entitled, "Listening to Prozac" described Kramer's ethical concerns over the use of the drug, Prozac. In 1993, only those committed to psychiatric institutions were regular users of Prozac. In the twenty or so years since Kramer's book questioned the ethical impact of administering anti-depressants, the use of these, "happy pills" has risen by 400%. Yes! 400%. Today, we are not reading about Prozac, we are reaching for it in our medicine cabinets! Which leads to the question of WHY? Has our level of contentment and life satisfaction dropped that significantly that we now need chemicals just to survive our day to day life strife's? One recently published survey suggests that only 1 in 3 people define their lives as happy ones. Certainly, our live's have become more hectic, our employers are less flexible and stress has become our way of life, but the findings are still astonishing. So, let me ask you - are YOU feeling sad right now? Is you bed not made? Is your kitchen a greasy mess? Does your toilet downright stink, ladies and gentlemen? You might not believe this, but revealing new research has found a direct link between a messy house and depression! Yes!!! I kid you not! David Neubauer MD, a mental health expert and researcher expressed that, "stressful life situations are known to trigger depression episodes in those individuals who are genetically predisposed to have depressive tendencies." He continued that a messy chaotic home will almost always lead to a stressful home environment and thus can directly result in depression in some people. When depressed, the last thing a person WANTS to do is clean. However, research has shown that tackling a seemingly overwhelming tasks in small increments will not only improve the physical appearance of your home, but will also lead to feelings of productivity and fulfillment in the depressed individual. Here is a list of four things that you can start TODAY to combat BOTH your cluttered, messy house AND restore a sense of happiness to your life!
In closing, if you are feeling completely and utterly overwhelmed with the task of taming your unruly home, give me a call today! Put your mental sanity first once and for all!
A lil about Lauren:
I love trying to juggle the demands of trying to run a profitable cleaning business. I am also simultaneously blessed to be the mother of three beautiful children, and one on the way! My oldest son, Elijah, is almost twenty one years old and is the artist in the family. Ayden is my second boy and is the studious academic brain in the Williams clan. Rounding off the Williams trio is Mahalia, easily one of the most beautiful girls I ever met and her inner beauty matches her beautiful smile. Taffee is our neurotic Pomeranian and barks annoyingly at everything she THINK she hears. In my spare time (I have none) I enjoy writing, watching Dateline and 48 hours or listening to/dancing/or singing along to 90's hip hop! Wu-Tang is my favorite!