Cleaning is Therapeutic: It promotes focus and reduces anxiety
Cleaning my home keeps my mental health in check and declutters my emotions. A lot of people when feeling stressed out or overwhelmed, try yoga, mindfulness, or a relaxing massage. Meanwhile, there are people like me who start cleaning the kitchen, organizing the closet, and give the shelves quick dust. Cleaning for me is a great stress buster. Many researchers have pointed out that cleaning provides a sense of control over the environment. According to reports, many people revealed that cleaning helped them to cope with COVID 19 fear. In this article, let us take a look that how cleaning is therapeutic.
Let us see what experts have to say:
A 2015 study says that repetitive and predictable actions like those involved in cleaning, act as a coping strategy against temporary anxiety. It soothes the mind and people in dealing with anxiety. Experts also talk about the benefits of cleaning your living area and how it can help you to keep your mental health in check.
- Decluttering the mess that home can have a calming impact on one’s mental health. It helps a person to gain a sense of control over the environment. Cleaning can also be an instant mood booster and provides a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
- Many experts also revealed that a clean house is also connected to your physical health. According to a study, people with clean houses tend to be healthier than those with messy and cluttered homes.
- Clearing mess from your home also gives you focus. Clutter, disorganization can be distracting and make it extremely hard to focus. If you are feeling an urge to organize and clean your home, then your mind and body are probably looking for a way to bring some order to your environment.
- Many Studies have found that having clean sheets and making your bed every day is associated with a better sleep pattern. And we all know sound sleep is equal to improved mood.
Cleaning helps you to focus
Dirt, chaos and clutter impact the ability to focus. The clutter in the home limits brain’s ability to process information. When you clean your home and clear the mess, you feel more productive and better able to process the information.
How one can incorporate cleaning into his or her daily routine and is it that difficult?
Many people feel cleaning is an overwhelming task. A lot of people wrestle with whether or not cleaning should be a priority. But having a clean environment helps in improving mood and can bring peace and content to your life. You might feel that cleaning is a huge task but taking baby steps isn’t a bad idea.
Here is how you can start – Kahi toh shuru karenge, right?
Start Small: There is no rule that everything should be cleaned in one go! Commit that you will be cleaning one thing at a time. Every weekend try cleaning one corner of your house or apartment. The idea is to burst your stress and not increase your stress.
Set a timer: It should not be all day long work. Set a timer of 15, 30 or 60 minutes and once the timer goes off, you are done for the day. It should be taken as an activity that will help you to feel better.
Try asking for help from your family and friends: Like I do. When I start cleaning my home, I ask my family to help. From my mother to brother, everyone gets involved – It makes the environment playful and I don’t freak out that a lot of things are left.
Cleaning and clearing clutter can make you peaceful and happy. But you shouldn’t force yourself to clean. Every person is different and things that work for me may not work for you. But remember a small step can make a huge difference. Cleaning will not only help you to get rid of the clutter at your home but will also uplift your mood. You can start with a very basic step of making your bed.
Let us know in the comments section below what works for you? Do you also clean your home when you feel low?