How Cleaning Can Keep You From Depression
The depression affects 1 in 10 Americans at one point or another, and that number is constantly growing. Nowadays, there are a lot of reasons why so many people are suffering from different types of depression, such as stress, unemployment, trauma, lack of happiness and these are only a few of the causes. But recent studies confirm that the level of the depression could be reduced or even prevented with good health habits. One of the easiest ways to keep yourself from depression is to clean your house regularly.
Through Cleaning We Can Trick Our Brains
As a result of the hectic lifestyle most of us live, stress, disappointment, and disenchantment have all become an integral part of our days. The most important thing you need to do in order to stay away from melancholy and depression, is to feel happy in your house, comfortable in your skin and be proud of yourself at the end of the day. You can start by setting a small to-do cleaning list in the morning with all things you need to do after you get back home, like doing the laundry, cleaning the sink, clearing the table, and so on. By completing those small tasks you trick your brain into feeling pleased with the job well done. Especially if you have crossed-off visible items, you will be able to easily comprehend your daily accomplishments, which will increase the level of endorphins in your body in a natural way. Furthermore, cleaning your home, will help you clear your mind and you will feel more comfortable and relaxed.
Don’t forget to tackle your to-do list step by step, otherwise you risk forgetting some of the tasks in it or incomplete them, which may lead to negative thinking and depression. Another way to trick your brain is to give yourself a reward after completing some of the chores. For example, after you wash the dishes, you could congratulate yourself with a bar of chocolate, piece of cake or just a cup of your favorite orange juice.
Don’t Procrastinate — Less Mess, Less Stress
We all know how easy it is to leave the dirty dishes in the sink or your belongings in the wrong place after a busy day. But arranging your stuff right after you use them will prevent clutter. Similar, cleaning a stain immediately, will be a lot easier than leaving it to dry out.
Once you are organized, you will start planning not only your small cleaning tasks, but your daily schedule and your meals, choosing more healthy food as vegetables, fruits, and nutritional meals. According to a recent study, women who described their houses as ‘messy’ were more fatigued and depressed than women who narrate their homes as ‘tidy’ and ‘restorative’ and had lower levels of cortisol (stress hormone, responsible for the bad mood, insomnia, and more).
Not being able to find the cleaning products you are looking for, gives you the chance to procrastinate or worse — to give up. That’s why it is so important to store all your cleaning supplies close at hand for easy access. Kitchen cleaners should be in the kitchen, bathroom cleaners in the bath. Taking care of the small cleaning tasks and completing your to-do list will give you a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Learn to Clean Efficiently
There are a lot of websites for tips and tricks on how to organize and do your work more efficiently. If you can not find proper cleaning methods online you could learn from the pros. Give a call to local cleaning company and observe the work of cleaners. These people do such things every day and even if you don’t achieve the results from their job you will definitely find a tested methods for house cleaning. One of the things that probably never occurred to you is that a messy house could prevent you from inviting people over and we all know that friends increase the positive emotions, boost your mood and decrease the level of stress. Lastly, if you let me paraphrase Neil Armstrong, cleaning could be one small step for you and one giant leap for your health.