Spring is here which can symbolize a fresh start, and what better way to celebrate the season than to deep clean and organize your living space! Spring cleaning can be a great way to be refreshed and rejuvenated. Not only are there physical benefits to having a clean home, such as reducing allergy symptoms, but mental ones as well. Here are some benefits of spring cleaning for your mental health:
1. Mood Booster. Deep scrubbing, moving furniture around to vacuum, and organizing shelves and closets are simple ways to burn calories. Being active can have a positive effect on your mental health as well.
2. Stress Relief. More clutter can lead to more anxiety. Coming home to a clean and organized space can be relaxing and peaceful after a long day at work, and allow you to de-compress.
3. Sleep Promoter. Studies have shown that a freshly scrubbed bedroom and clean sheets can help people get better quality sleep.
4. Promotes Mindfulness. Clear your mind by starting with one room at a time and taking your time to focus on each one. So, make a to-do list, open your windows, blast your favorite music and clean and declutter your way to a healthier you!
By Mary Leonhardt MA, LSW