Do you ever find yourself wondering why you even bother cleaning and tidying your home when there are little people (or maybe loving pets) who are right behind you messing it all up? Well it turns out that having a clean home has many health and wellness benefits which can provide meaning and purpose to your daily cleaning routine.
1. Reduce Stress (and increase wellness!)
Whether you are conscious of it or not, a stack of dirty dishes or a pile of laundry raises your stress levels by becoming a nagging reminder of all the work that needs to be done. Stress has serious health impacts and is one of the most preventable risk factors for a variety of chronic conditions. Conversely relaxation and meditation are related to improved mental and physical health overall.
So the next time your home feels clean and organized, take a moment to truly enjoy the calm. Stop yourself from moving on to the next task, take 3-5 slow deep breaths and feel your nervous system reset. Add a boost to your mood and enhance the experience by using products with uplifting scents like LemonAide or The Bare Co.
2. Reduce Allergy Symptoms and Reactions
We can’t control the allergy triggers outdoors, but inside our homes we can! Dust mites, pet dander, mould, and artificial scents can cause allergic reactions such as congestion, sneezing and itchy eyes. The last thing any of us needs right now are unexplained cold-like symptoms! Steer clear of the unnecessary headache by setting up a solid cleaning routine to prevent the build-up of allergens. Focus on keeping the floors vacuumed, carpets cleaned, laundry done and surfaces dusted.
It is also vital to ensure the products you use do not contain any unnecessary toxins, chemicals or poisons. Commercial cleaning products are often toxic, environmentally damaging and trigger reactions like eczema, headaches, nausea. Be intentional about the products you use and how they contribute to the health of your household members (and our planet). If you are noticing reactions or sensitivities to traditional cleaning products, try natural alternatives or experiment with unscented or fragrance free products.
3. A good nights’ sleep
Sleeping 7-9 hours a night is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. According to Sleep on It Canada, “sleep does not just make [us] feel fresh and restored in the morning,” we sleep to conserve and restore our energy. Adequate sleep is essential for learning, emotional regulation and stress management. Not getting enough sleep is associated with a whole range of health issues such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and depression.
Built-up allergens in your bedding can irritate your sinuses and make it harder to sleep. Sleeping in a messy space may also add to your stress level and you may find yourself creating mental checklists instead of relaxing when you tuck in.
Prioritize laundering your bedding weekly, use a natural antibacterial linen spray to freshen your bed between loads, and do a quick tidy of your sleeping space before you turn out the lights! You will thank yourself in the morning.
Start Cleaning with Meaning
The next time you are cleaning your home, remember your chores are more than just tasks to check off your to-do list. Celebrate and relish in your small victories - a made bed, a clean bathroom, or freshly washed clothes. Know that there is purpose and meaning in your cleaning routine: You are contributing to a healthier household, investing in wellness, and maybe even finding some calm in the process.
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