How Spring Cleaning Can Affect Your Wellness
By: Dr. Josh Sandell of Orthology
As the days get longer and the flowers start to bloom, it’s time to give your home a fresh, spring feeling. Spring cleaning is about getting rid of the clutter and taking the time to do those household chores you keep putting off. There’s a great reward in the virtuous feeling you get when all the tasks are complete.
Aside from this satisfaction that comes with tidying up our homes and preparing for the warmer weather, there are actually both physical and mental benefits of spring cleaning. Dr. Josh Sandell of Orthology, a world-class solution for rapid recovery from physical injuries and chronic pain, is highlighting the many benefits of spring cleaning and how it affects an individuals’ wellness.
Benefits of Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning is an important annual activity because it is symbolic of refreshing our lives and our minds after the cold, dark months of winter. Not only does the weather get warmer and sunnier in spring, it’s also a time of renewal in nature. Spring can inspire us to make a fresh start, and the arrival of pleasant weather makes positive thinking and actions feel much more achievable. This is because sunlight leads to an increase in serotonin in the body, a chemical that elevates your mood and improves social interactions.
Spring Cleaning and Mental Health
It’s easy to see that spring cleaning is beneficial for our physical health, as living among dust and dirt can lead to illnesses, but scientific studies have shown it’s also good for our mental health. According to a study by the Institute of Living’s Anxiety Disorder Center, clutter and, on a grander scale, hoarding, can be seriously detrimental to a person’s well-being. Clutter can be a cause of fatigue and increases the level of the stress hormone cortisol, according to anthropologists who studied women in the family home in middle-class America. Hoarding is often associated with mental health problems such as OCD and depression.
Another benefit of spring cleaning is the light exercise and body movement that it involves. Twenty minutes of sustained exercise a week, which could be achieved through cleaning, can reduce the severity of symptoms of depression, according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Crossing difficult items off of your to-do list reduces stress and the weight of responsibility, which are things that can easily demotivate you and put a damper on your mood. Whether you’re prone to hoarding or just procrastinating about getting through some unpleasant chores, there’s no doubt that spring cleaning will give your mood a boost. Once you get your home in order and see the benefits, it will be easier to put in place an ongoing plan to keep the place clean and tidy.