Does Cleaning Actually Improve Your Mental Health?

As Spring arrives, the birds start to sing, the sun shines longer, and the renewal of the season usually brings about spring cleaning activities. We can also take this time for another renewal; we can take some time to focus on our mental health.

Personally, when my mental health is deteriorating, I find it more difficult to clean or take care of the spaces I live in. Therefore, messes starts to pile up, which only contributes to more anxiety and depression. Eventually, when I have the energy and increased mental health to clean, I feel so much better. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I am able to continue day to day with less anxiety when I keep my space clean.

It is easy to become overwhelmed in the cleaning process, however, if you try to break it down and focus on one area at a time, it is more doable. To help get you started, here are three tips on how to renew your mental health and refresh your space.

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1. Open Your Windows.

Even something as simple as opening the windows in your home for an hour or two can clear out any toxins in the home which helps to purify the air and also brings along the lovely clean scent of nature. This is proven to lift spirits and improve overall health.

2. Add Greenery.

Another healthy addition you can add to your home, which improves mental health as well, is the addition of live houseplants. Live houseplants can filter out toxins in your home and significantly increase the air quality. If you are hesitant about keeping live houseplants because you’re afraid you might kill them, the Snake Plant is a hardy plant that gives off lots of oxygen, can tolerate low-light areas and is difficult to kill.

3. Make a List.

As you are taking care of your home this Spring season, don’t forget to also take care of yourself. Personally, I can achieve the most if I create a list of what needs to get done. I do this so I do not forget anything that I hoped to accomplish. Then I can have the satisfaction of checking something off when I have completed the task. Also, a list allows you to come back to it, as often as you need. This is helpful if you have a busy schedule or tire out easily.

I encourage you to keep looking for events, time or spaces that will benefit your mental health. I promise you, you’re worth it.

Weigh in. Do you think your space impacts your mental health?