What does getting organized have to do with eating and exercise?

It’s all about gaining a sense of control over yourself and your environment. Chaos engenders a loss of control, which can trigger the sympathetic nervous system. This is the “fight or flight” response that causes you to act out and fight, or run away and avoid things. Create order out of chaos and you will start to feel better and get the energy you need to take more positive steps in your life.

Lots of people will experience “Non-Scale Victories” before they see gains in their eating and exercise patterns.

You might get the urge to clean your desk, file paperwork, open those old, unpaid bills, or do a big closet cleaning before you see gains in your health habits.

When you take control over things in your immediate environment, you are giving yourself a chance to feel the authentic control that comes from inside of you. It’s that internal locus of control that will give you the ability to make more healthy choices.

Get organized and feel better!

by Diana Zilly, MS, MA, LCPC, NBCFCH. Diana is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy, and former Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Joliet Junior College.