Can cleaning help maintain good mental health?
- Jennifer Baxt, LMHC LMFT DCC NCC
- Mental Health
When most people think about mental health, they immediately think about depression, stress and anxiety. People will also think about how the causes of poor mental health, such as someone living in poor conditions, someone living in an abusive situation or someone who is suffering an addiction. There are many things in life that can contribute to poor mental health and there are just as many things a person can do to improve their mental health. Past traumatic events, stress, work, family and the overall lifestyle that someone has can all lead to a decline in someones mental health.
Many have heard that maintaining ones physical health can go a long way in helping to maintain a persons mental health, because they go hand in hand with each other. Others will tell you that eating well, getting enough sleep, having some confidence and respect for ones self and having enough time set aside for ones self are all things that a person can do in order to improve and maintain their good mental health. There is, however, one other thing that appears to help with improving a persons mental health, or at least their mood. Apparently, most people tend to feel better after giving their living space a thorough cleaning. Taking the time to clean the home from top to bottom is like cleaning ones life. The dirt, dust and clutter are done away with and the house has a fresher, more comfortable atmosphere that the person can feel happier and more relaxed in. In fact, some therapists might even suggest cleaning the house as a good way to take ones mind off of something they tend to fixate on and to improve the look and feel of the home. The state of the house has a significant impact on a persons mental health, as does cleaning; such an impact, in fact, that many people who are agitated, annoyed or frustrated can use cleaning as an outlet for their emotions and energy until they feel better. In most cases, this can be quite effective. Of course, if one finds that they are cleaning nearly everyday to vent frustrations or trying to improve their mood, it might also be a good idea to consult a therapist. Online therapists are always available for inquiries about how one can improve their mental health in other ways besides cleaning their home.
Anyone who finds that they are suffering from an overall decline in their mental health, such as a loss of confidence, a loss of concentration, depression and so on, should seriously consider contacting an online therapist. The online therapist can help work with the patient to find out why they might be feeling down, they can then suggest what the patient could do in order to improve their mental health. Life is meant to be enjoyed and someone who is not happy and has a bleak outlook on life cant fully enjoy life. Seeking advice and help from an online therapist can go a long way in improving a persons mental health.