We always talk about how a clean house gives us a sense of comfort and well-being, and it was never just a joke.
The truth is that, throughout this content, you will see cleaning in a very different way, and maybe even as an ally. So, would it be possible to say that cleaning helps in mental health care? The answer is yes! We’ll talk more about that below:
How does cleaning help with well-being?
Several studies are carried out day after day, and with them, we are able to discover important information that changes the way we see situations. Some professionals carried out a survey at the University of California and detected an increase in cortisol (the stress hormone) in people who live in “out of order” homes.
It was also possible to state that disorganized environments make us considerably more anxious. This is due to a large amount of information present in space.
Anxiety spikes raise the level of cortisol in the body, leaving us more stressed, with difficulty focusing, and discouraged.
On the other side of the situation, we have a clean and organized house. And, under these conditions, it was possible to observe an improvement in stress levels.
Just like practicing physical activity, cleaning the house can also help with anxiety and depression due to energy expenditure when performing activities.
From this perspective, 20 minutes of cleaning is enough for the body to start releasing endorphins and improve your disposition.
Balance between extremes
Of course, your problems won’t be solved just by washing dishes or sweeping floors. It works best as an outlet to relieve everyday stress.
Excessive cleaning does not keep your life lighter and more cheerful. Cases of people diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) because of cleanliness need professional monitoring and help. We talk a little more about disorders and mental health in another blog article, and you can check it out by clicking here!
On to this, we have hoarders (people who cannot get rid of personal objects). There are cases of difficulty in detachment because of guilt, they have a strong emotional connection with the object as if it were a family member.
For your cleaning to be an ally of mental health, it must be carried out periodically and organized, keeping objects stored clean dishes, and well-ventilated spaces!
How to keep your house (and your head) in order!
Some actions in our daily lives can act as endorphin enhancers. The best thing about these is that they are simple tasks that make all the difference in your well-being.
You know those dishes you left to wash later and accumulated with other dishes that were already in the sink and then turned into a snowball? We really lose control easily, and the next thing we know, we have a pile of dirty dishes.
The stress caused by the feeling of “too much dirt to clean” can be avoided if we clean everything the moment we get dirty. No accumulations!
And so it also works with shoes and objects scattered around the house. We will be happier and more willing if we leave everything in its place. In addition to saving us the time of a much heavier cleaning, that could be optimized.
We separate some of the benefits of keeping everything clean and in order, check it out:
- Improvement in disposition;
- Healthier relationships;
- Improved sleep;
- Mood aid;
- The feeling of well-being.
These are small habits that can change and renew your mood for everyday life. Why don’t you challenge yourself to try a more organized routine at home to notice differences in your well-being? We will leave this challenge here!
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