Everyone’s taught how our house and space should be clean and tidy, but does it really matter? Oh yes, there are some very real health benefits that are backed by scientific data. There’s good reason to believe that a dirty environment can have a negative impact on your mental and physical health.
Here’s a list of compelling reasons why keeping your home clean and sanitized is a good idea.
You may not have believed this before but it’s no myth that visual clutter can cause mental clutter. According to a 2010 study, the cortisal levels of women with messier homes were higher compared to those with tidy homes, proving that there’s a prominent link between stress and your space. Perhaps it’s time to tidy up your house and relieve some stress. After all, we can all do without stress being part of our daily life.
Makes you Active
Cleaning your house may not be the most exhilarating exercise, but it certainly gets you to engage in some physical activity. If you make house-cleaning a part of your daily routine, then you’ll also manage to get some daily exercise. That’s killing two birds with one stone!
Messier places make it easier for you to find distractions when you’re not up for a certain task. Don’t let procrastination get in your way; clean up the mess and watch yourself get more work done! In fact, visual stimuli can affect your concentration level.
Encourages Healthy Diet
Most people crave junk food when they’re feeling stressed and messiness just adds to the stress. When you clean up, you don’t crave unhealthy food because your mind is relaxed and feeling good. Findings of a study showed that people who work in organized environments are twice as likely to make healthier food choices.
Helps Sleep Better
Remember how you’re trying to sleep but your mind wanders off into worrying thoughts when you’re stressed? Well, a tidy space will put your mind in a good place before you get into bed.
Looking at a clean room before going to sleep reinforces that cleaning is not a leftover task in your daily to-do-list. According to asurvey by the Nation Sleep Foundation, even making your bed in the morning increases your chance of sleeping better at night by nearly 20%!