It is so important to keep your home nice and tidy, and it’s not because you might have guests, it’s for your own benefit – physically and mentally. Having a messy or cluttered home can really impact your mental health in a negative manner, and these ill-effects can even progress into physical problems. So, if you want to practice a healthier lifestyle, take a look at this article to find out more about why a clean home is important and how you can keep things in order.
Why is a Clean Home Important?
A messy home impacts our mental and physical health in a negative manner. The air inside will often become dirtier than outside due to things like dust and insect corpses, which can then trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks, as well a put you at a higher risk of developing illnesses and infections due to the amount of dirt.
Mentally, clutter increases our cortisol levels (the stress hormone) which causes anxiety and tension to build up while also increasing blood pressure and heart rate. It’s not a healthy way to live, and too much stress can suppress the immune system. It can also contribute to low mood and lack of sleep, because while we are sleeping part of the brain is still focused on your surroundings.
Having a messy environment is one of the first signs of depression, because you begin to lose the desire to look after yourself and your home properly – leaving you feeling unmotivated and further depressed by your surroundings. It’s not something to be ignored, and it is easy for it to spiral out of control. It’s important to try and nip things in the bud so that you can attempt to take control of your mental health and manage it as much as you can.
How to Keep Your Home Clean
So, how do you keep your home clean even when you are struggling? We have a few quick and easy tips that keep things simple and allow you to move at your own pace:
- Take things one room at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself with the state of your home, just focus on one room, getting that tidy, and then move onto the next one. It’s a process that takes things at a slow and steady pace.
- Similarly, don’t do everything at once. Take your time and do a little, but do it often. It is a slower method, but one that won’t leave you feeling overwhelmed.
- Try to have fun with it. Sometimes it can be beneficial to make cleaning a game, or to play some music while you are performing your tasks. It’s good to have something to keep even the most mundane tasks enjoyable.
- Light a few candles. It gives your home a relaxing ambience as well as a lovely aroma.
Finally, you should remember that if you cannot bring yourself to do anything else, there are only three tasks you need to complete each day:
- Make the bed when you get up
- Open the curtains or blinds to let the light in
- Always do the dishes before bed
Hopefully, this has given you a better understanding of the impact mess can have on our lives. It can be a tough thing to overcome, and when your mental health is poor, you cannot be expected to get everything done quickly. Even if you do it slowly and over time, the results will make themselves clear. If you want to learn more about the way cleanliness affects us, Smartvacuums.co.uk has a detailed guide
on the subject that you will want to read through.
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