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Feel anxious in my clean room

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why do i feel anxious when my room is cleaned?


Hi there, welcome to Ask Alex!
Thanks for reaching out! It’s great that you’re looking for answers and trying to understand your feelings better. Many people experience anxiety when their environment changes, including when their room is cleaned, and you’re not alone in this.
You might feel anxious when your room is cleaned because it represents a change, and change can often be unsettling. Your room is your personal space, and having it altered can make you feel like you’re losing control or that your safe space is being invaded. It’s important to recognise these feelings and understand that they are valid.
Furthermore, the process of cleaning can sometimes bring about feelings of stress or pressure, especially if you feel that things are being moved around or if you struggle with letting go of certain items. This can create a sense of discomfort and anxiety. It’s completely normal to have attachments to your belongings and your space the way it is.
Did you know that ISPCC has an online digital programme for teenagers aged 15-18 years old? It offers support and resources that can help you manage feelings like anxiety. You can check it out at It might be helpful to explore this program and see what tools and strategies they offer.
Remember, you’re not alone in this, and there are always people who care about you and want to help. You can always contact us at Childline by freephone 1800 66 66 66 or Messenger at (just click on the purple chat icon). We’re confidential, non-judgmental, open 24/7, and always here for you for any reason, at any time.
Take care of yourself, and know you never have to face anything on your own,

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