6 Mental Health Benefits of Cleaning

Cleaning can have numerous benefits for mental health. Here are some potential benefits of cleaning for mental health:

  1. Reducing clutter: A cluttered environment can be overwhelming and distracting, leading to increased stress and anxiety. By decluttering and organizing your space, you can create a sense of order and control, which can help reduce stress and improve your mental well-being. When you have a lot of clutter in your environment, it can feel overwhelming and stressful. By cleaning and organizing your space, you can clear away the excess and create a more peaceful and calming atmosphere. This can have a positive impact on your mental health, helping you feel more in control and less overwhelmed.
  2. Promoting relaxation: The act of cleaning itself can be therapeutic and help to relax the mind. Focusing on a task and seeing the progress you are making can be satisfying and help to clear your thoughts. A clean and organized space can also improve your sleep quality. If you have a cluttered bedroom, for example, it can be difficult to relax and wind down before bed. By decluttering and creating a peaceful and comfortable sleep environment, you can improve your sleep hygiene and get the rest you need to feel rejuvenated and refreshed.
  3. Improving mood: The act of cleaning and organizing can also have a positive impact on your mood. The physical activity involved in cleaning can release endorphins, which can improve your mood and reduce stress. Additionally, the sense of accomplishment and control that comes from completing cleaning tasks can also contribute to a positive mood.
  4. Increasing productivity: A clean and organized environment can help improve productivity and focus, as you are not wasting time searching for things or being distracted by clutter.
  5. Enhancing self-esteem: Accomplishing tasks and taking care of your space can boost self-esteem and give a sense of accomplishment and purpose. When you complete a task and see the tangible results of your efforts, it can boost your self-esteem and confidence. This can have a positive impact on your mental health and overall well-being.
  6. Improved relationships: A clean and organized space can also improve relationships with those you live or work with. When everyone is contributing to keeping the space tidy and organized, it can create a sense of teamwork and cooperation, which can strengthen relationships and improve communication.

A clean and organized space can also lead to better overall health. When you have a cluttered and dirty environment, it can harbor germs and bacteria, which can lead to illness. By keeping your space clean, you can reduce the risk of illness and maintain better overall health. This can help improve your mental health by reducing stress and anxiety related to illness. It’s important to remember that cleaning should not be a source of stress or anxiety. If cleaning feels overwhelming or unmanageable, it may be helpful to break tasks down into smaller, more manageable chunks or seek support from friends or professionals.


What’s In a Name?

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Katie Donahoo

While we use our names everyday it is not everyday we stop to think about what our name could mean. Perhaps your name was chosen for you with a particular purpose in mind. Or you may have been named after a relative or pop icon. Some have religious or spiritual connections. You may have even chosen a name for yourself very intentionally. Our names are just the beginning of our identity. What’s in your name?

The following activity will help your creativity start flowing while working on your self esteem:

  1. Write your name vertically on a sheet of paper in bubble lettering.
  2. List a positive quality that starts with each letter in your name.
  3. Fill in the bubble letter with a colorful deign to represent the quality. You can use color pencil, crayon, paint, chalk, ink, any medium you wish. Be sure to intentionally use colors that represent the quality.
  4. Step back from your work and reflect on how these qualities have been helpful to you in your life.

EXAMPLE: I used Sharpie marker as my medium.

Our self worth is often the result of the meaning we attach to ourselves and out lived experiences. If you want to increase your self esteem, self worth, self love, etc. complete this exercise and hang it in a place where you will see if frequently. Read through the positive qualities you have identified in yourself and remember, you are worthy. Not because of the things you do, not because of what other people think, and not because of any thing you have achieved. You are worthy. That is it. You are worthy.

If you are struggling with low self esteem reach out today. Healing is possible, help is available.