Here are a few ways cleaning up can help with anxiety and alleviate your stress rather than adding to it. So if you want to feel calmer, cut the clutter.
Our homes should be havens of relaxation and comfort. They should be places where we don’t have to worry as much about things we can’t control.
Cleaning up our homes can seem like a chore to most people.
And to an extent, it certainly is.
However, the act of cleaning up can be beneficial for our minds.
I personally know what it’s like to feel stressed and anxious. Thankfully I also know how to develop the superpower of calm. I’m committed to helping people to live calm, happy lives – which is why I decided to write this article.
Below I will explain how cleaning up can help with anxiety. You’ll learn how helpful an orderly and clean home can be to your mindset.
Feelings of anxiety often pop up when we feel like we have no control over a situation. Unfortunately, looking at an overly messy room can undoubtedly make someone feel out of control.
The solution? Put on your work gloves and clean up!
Why? When you exert a certain amount of control over your environment, this act of taking back power can help you feel more in control. This mindset of being in control will then help you in other situations – keep worries from overwhelming you.
Another reason cleaning up can help with anxiety is that it allows you to practice mindfulness.
Being mindful is a skill that takes a lot of practice to master. Cleaning can help with that learning process.
When you’re focused on cleaning, you’re less worried about that assignment you still have due or what to make for dinner.
Use your time cleaning to stay in the moment. Keep your attention solely on the task you’re currently doing, and enjoy the single-minded focus you can get from that.
A lot of people who deal with anxiety also deal with feelings of inadequacy. Anxiety plays into this by never letting your brain have a win. Get yourself a win now and then!
Cleaning is a task you know you need to complete. When you complete your cleaning task, you allow yourself to feel good about what you did. You accomplished something real and tangible that you can point to and say, “I made that happen.” Translate that feeling into the rest of your day, and you’ll experience less anxiety overall.
It can be difficult to declutter and clean up when it feels like we need to keep everything we see, but keeping less clutter can be really good for you. Cramped and cluttered spaces bombard your mind with visual stimuli over and over and can put stress on your brain. When you clean and declutter your life, you allow your mind the respite from all that extra, unnecessary input.
It may be a small thing, but cleaning up your home can have real benefits to your mental health. Don’t let your cleaning tasks increase your anxiety; use them to alleviate the worst of it.