We all know how good it is to organize and have a clean space. But did you know that there are real mental health benefits to having a clean home? Recent studies have shown that organizing one’s own space can help to “disorganize” the mind, to speak. It can reduce anxiety, improve mood and sleep, and lead to a happier life.
Researchers at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute published a study in Journal of Neuroscience who looked at the effects of a neat and orderly life. According to an article by Erin Doland mentioning the study, “Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout the visual cortex, providing a neural correlate for the limited processing capacity of the visual system. .”
A less complicated way of saying it – a clean house can help reduce stress, improve mood and give you a sense of control. It can also help a person sleep better and increase their productivity.
Here are five ways to have a clean space for better mental health:
Reduces stress: A messy home can be a constant source of stress. Being surrounded by piles of dirty clothes, dirty dishes, an unmade bed, and piles of unopened mail can cause significant anxiety. However, when these things are taken care of and a clean, tidy space allows the mind to relax. Focusing on what’s important and letting go of the little things is also important. Also, organizing room by room can make a home look cleaner, improving overall mental health.
Improves mood: According to a research team at the Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) at UCLA, “Clutter has a profound effect on our self-esteem and mood.” A study of 32 families found a link between the disorder and high cortisol levels in women specifically.
When a house is cluttered, it can be a constant reminder of all the things a person has to do that they can never seem to get done. This can cause a bad mood and even lead to depression. On the other hand, a clean and tidy home can instantly improve mood and motivate a person to keep their space neat and tidy.
Provides a sense of control: When a house is cluttered, it can feel like a person has no control over their life. Clean spaces, however, promote feelings of control and empowerment. Also, cleaning can be a healthy coping mechanism when a person is stressed about something they can’t control. This will improve your mood and lead to a sense of accomplishment that can counteract any negativity.
Improves sleep: It can be difficult to relax in a dirty house. But when a space is clean, it feels more peaceful and can be easier to fall asleep and sleep.
Boosts immunity: Dirty homes can harbor dust mites, bacteria and germs that can easily lead to illness. Cleaning and disinfecting a home can eliminate these problems. This can help improve your immune system and overall health and well-being.
These are all great reasons to spend some time tidying up your space. Clutterers Anonymous is a twelve-step program that can help people find support if they are having trouble clearing their space.
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