Cleansing for the mind, body and soul
Posted On May 26, 2022
For many people, doing a complete house cleaning is a tedious and endless task that they dread doing every week. But it does not have to be like that. Cleaning has many benefits for your physical and mental health that can help you live a happier, more organized, and more fulfilling lifestyle.
Including a cleaning regimen in your daily life may seem like one more thing to add to your “to do” list, but if you fully invest in it and find fun ways to fit it into your schedule, you just might enjoy cleaning. your home more than you expect!
Cleaning is satisfying, works as a mindful distraction to relieve stress or anxiety, helps reduce your exposure to disease and bacteria, and encourages a cleaner, healthier lifestyle.
Maintaining a regular cleaning routine once or twice a week reduces the amount you need to do in one ‘session’, making it more manageable and less overwhelming to tackle.
However, when you put off cleaning, you’ll likely end up with a large amount you need to do at once, and you may find it more difficult to keep things like clothes and bedding in a hygienic condition.
“But cleaning is boring and I’m busy!”
There are many ways you can make cleaning more interesting and help it fit into your lifestyle.
First, identify what you enjoy.
If you like music, listening to a song with a strong beat is a great way to keep your momentum going and your mind distracted; this can help keep you from getting bored. Alternatively, you can try listening to an audiobook, or perhaps the radio, to engage your brain.
If you are spiritual or religious, or if you engage in meditative practices, you may wish to incorporate cleansing into these to cleanse your home and body of negative energies.
You can also meditate or pray before you cleanse, light incense while you work, and use crystals like selenite or tourmaline to help purify your space. Ritual cleansing is part of many religious practices around the world, including Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism, as well as pagan and spiritualistic practices.
If none of these appeal to you and you prefer a more hands-on approach, you can choose to turn on the TV, clean while you do your DIY, or just clean while you go about your regular household routine.
Next, identify the limitations and requirements of your lifestyle.
If you are a creative person, you may find that you are prone to creating a lot of clutter. While this is not uncommon for creative people, your home or apartment may become cluttered, leaving you with less space for your usual activities, and you may become stressed when trying to work in clutter.
If you have a more logical or strategy-based mindset, you’ll likely have less clutter, but working long hours can make it hard to commit to a thorough cleaning routine. So instead of doing a big cleaning at the end of the week, why not do one or two small cleaning jobs each day before work?
This eliminates housework and leaves you free to enjoy your “down time”. Plus, after a week of doing a little cleaning every day, you’ll save yourself having to do it on the weekend!
How to structure a cleaning program and stay on top of it
If you want to clean your home, but the thought of doing so is just too overwhelming, the best way to approach the job is to simply make a list of things to clean. This will help you identify what you need to do, and how and when to do it.
The trick is to not make your cleansing sessions too long and only commit to two or three tasks per session. If you have a cleaning session that is too long, you are likely to withdraw or become stressed, which will put you off next time.
Instead, try scheduling 2-3 longer cleaning sessions a week, with certain jobs (like washing dishes, cleaning the kitchen, etc.) daily or every other day.
‘But I’m just not motivated to do it!’
If you’re having a hard time motivating yourself, especially if you suffer from attention deficit disorder (ADD) or depression, you can choose to ask yourself to clean your house using a diary, your phone’s calendar, or one of the many apps on the market. Alternatively, if you have a reliable support network, you can ask them to help you when you find it difficult to maintain a self-care routine.
Another good way to motivate yourself is to allow yourself a reward every time you clean.
Maybe you can have a candy bar when you’ve completed a week of cleansing? Or maybe you could get really naughty and have a glass or two of wine when you’ve finished all the cleaning jobs on your list?
Whatever you find motivates you, embrace it and use it to your advantage!
Clean home, clean body
There are many ways that cleaning your home helps keep your body in tip-top condition!
First of all, cleansing is a great way to integrate physical exercise into your daily life, especially for those (such as the elderly) who are unable to engage in more strenuous exertions.
Moving furniture, vacuuming, mopping, making the bed, and many other regular cleaning activities are effective ways to burn calories—up to 100 calories burned in just half an hour! Moving heavy equipment and furniture will also help keep your muscles strong, lean, and defined.
Cleaning can also help you eat healthier! Studies have found that people eat more food and more unhealthy food when under stress, and living in a dirty and messy house increases cortisol levels and therefore stress.
Additionally, a 2013 study found that people who worked in a neat and organized space were more likely to choose an apple over a candy bar when choosing something to eat. So the cleaner your house is, the less stressed you will be and the healthier you will eat!
Plus, if you suffer from insomnia, your messy bedroom could be to blame, as a survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that making your bed in the morning could increase your night’s sleep by up to 20%.
Regular cleaning of your home also means you won’t get sick as easily as it helps remove nasty viruses, bacteria, pollen, dust and fungal spores that can trigger respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies.
The best places to start? Mymove.com identified the nine germiest places in your home, including scouring pads, the kitchen sink, toothbrush holders, pet bowls, and bathroom faucets, among others.
The mental health benefits of keeping a clean home
Keeping your home clean is a simple way to lower your stress levels.
First of all, it helps you stay more organized, since you will know where everything you need is. No more last minute rush in the morning trying to locate those important files before work! This will help keep cortisol levels (which is a stress hormone) low and under control.
In addition, clutter stresses us out because it overloads our brain with excess visual stimuli. This contributes to what is known as sensory overload and is a particular problem for people with ADD, autism, and certain mental health disorders that can cause high levels of stress as a result of external stimulation.
Clutter also creates feelings of guilt and anxiety as you look at work that hasn’t been done yet. It’s hard to shake the feeling of being overwhelmed when there is evidence of incomplete tasks right in front of you.
Another aspect of mental health that the disorder affects is concentration. When we are overstimulated, our brains work overtime trying to process the extra visual information. This results in you not being able to focus on other things like work for example.
Feelings of being overwhelmed by clutter can also promote avoidant coping mechanisms, such as binge eating junk food or watching television.
All this means that by decluttering your home, you can also achieve a more orderly and calm state of mind!
For example, in 2011, researchers using fMRI, among other biological measures, found that removing clutter from the immediate environment resulted in better focus, better information processing, and higher productivity for participants.
So by staying on top of clutter, you can help yourself be more productive, have more energy, and live a healthier lifestyle.
Benefits for your home
In addition to keeping your home cleaner and tidier, there are other benefits to your home that can be achieved with regular cleaning.
For example, if you clean regularly, you’re less likely to find serious problems in your home, like black mold and rot, later on. Cleaning stains right away helps stop them from “setting” and makes it easier to remove.
Regular cleaning also helps extend the life of rugs, furniture, and more, leading to less spending on buying and maintaining furniture.
Benefits for friends, family, loved ones and pets
Doing your share of cleaning and tidying also helps improve relationships!
A Yelp study recently found that up to 80% of households argue over cleaning, with 20% reporting that it is a common cause of conflict. Keeping your home clean can help reduce these arguments, but it’s not that simple!
Many arguments are not about cleaning itself, but about how to do it and who should do it. Cleaning is often a way in which gender roles are expressed, so women who do most of the cleaning may feel unsupported, while men may feel they are not doing enough to keep their parents happy. Your partners.
By creating a regular routine of who does what work, you can help reduce gender-based arguments and communicate more effectively with your partner. You may even decide to set up a ‘date night’ after cleaning day, so you can reward each other and spend time together at the same time!
Also, if you have young children, animals, or elderly relatives at high risk for falls in your home, clutter can pose an immediate health hazard. But by regularly cleaning and maintaining your living space, you can keep your loved ones safe by reducing the likelihood of accidents in the home.
Benefits for society and the environment
Tidying up your house can even help society in general! By regularly decluttering your home, you can donate to charity shops or list items on websites like Freecycle.com that will help you offer items to people who need them more than you do.
This also helps the environment by ensuring that items you no longer need are reused rather than thrown away. You may also find that you enjoy the creative side of repurposing old items into useful new equipment and decorations for the home!
Why maintain a cleaning routine?
Cleaning benefits you, your home, the environment, society in general and your personal relationships. So surely the question should be, why not properly organize your cleaning routines, so you can see how much better they can help make your life?