The Ecstasy of Cleaning
Updated: Jun 18, 2021
Getting Stucked hurts. Amid the Pandemic, things can be very stressful, uncomfortable, and anxiety-provoking. It is completely valid and normal to feel lazy, unmotivated, sad, or have a rollercoaster of emotions during this period. The most important thing is to focus on what ‘’you’’ have control over. On this note, numerous mental health benefits are associated with cleaning and organizing your space. A few are listed below:
Gain Control of Your Environment
With the current health crisis squeezing us into the confines of our homes, you may feel as though you had no control over your life right now. However, it is very empowering and uplifting to take advantage of what you do have control over. This includes your environment. It is more crucial now––since you are likely spending most of your time in one enclosed place––than ever to organize and clean your space. The process of doing this, even simply just getting rid of clutter that is in the way, can be very liberating.
Infections free life
Unarguably, germs and other harmful microorganisms thrive in filth. Infections go hand in hand with germs. But once your environment is clean: washed, disinfected, and sanitized, you’re sure of an infection-free lifestyle. Care must be taken when choosing products for cleaning. Always go for products with 0% toxic residues. In the words of Lemi Shin , ‘’a better clean starts with a better cleaner’’. You know, a good product will eliminate odor in-home, deodorize the office or home and remove stains from appliances without eroding their outer coatings.
SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT
The buzz that we get once we have completed a task that we have all been putting off like cleaning, gives us a rush of endorphins which can only improve mental health and boost our mood. This makes the brain more ready to combat more challenging tasks which provide a healthy environment for the body. The link between olfactory sensations and mental health is long-established, and it's been proven that aromatherapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Because your olfactory response is directly linked to the limbic system (the emotional center of our brain), scents that you associate with past experiences can encourage you to reminisce. But more than that, certain scents can have a beneficial impact on your mind and body, for example, the soothing effect of lavender may help you sleep and would be a perfect scent for the bedroom.
According to the National Sleep Foundation people who make their beds every morning are up to 19% more likely to get a good night’s rest. Even better, 75% percent said they sleep better when their sheets are freshly laundered as they feel more comfortable. And of course, a better night’s sleep vastly improves our energy levels and improves mental health. Zooming in on a microscopic level and going too long without cleaning your bedroom can impact the quality of your sleep as well. Common allergens like dust mites, pollen, mold, and pet dander may linger in your bedding and prevent you from sleeping as deeply
These four benefits of cleaning no doubt have far-reaching benefits that relate to both physical and mental health. Let's keep a tight grip on our cleaning capabilities and do the best we can to stay decluttered, well organized, and germs-free.