A Clean Home And Your Mental Health: Explaining The Relationship

Having a clean, tidy home helps you feel more organised, relaxed and can indirectly help the one in ten people living with voices. People living with diagnoses such as schizophrenia and people hearing voices have been shown to benefit from a relaxing environment and techniques, according to mental health charity, Mind UK and Rufus May. Recently, there has been much said about the link and importance of mental health in the workplace environment, but the maintenance of your home environment can also play a part in your overall mental health. 

Clutter Affects Our Self Esteem

A disorganised home can impact your mood and how you feel about yourself. Studies in the past including one by UCLA researchers have repeatedly established a link between clutter and mental conditions such as stress, anxiety, and depression. In 2016, comparethemarket.com found that the UK hoards the most clutter across Europe. One in two British people admitted to holding onto stuff longer than they should.

Women seemed to be more affected by the relationship between a tidy environment and stress levels, according to a University of California study. Overall, 85 percent of adults in the UK were regularly stressed as of January 2018. With a tidier home, you are shown to feel more relaxed and make better food choices. Both of these are irrevocably linked to mental health and self-esteem. An unclean home also means that physically, both you and your family (particularly children) are increasingly exposed to toxic fungi making you prone to immune reactions such as asthma.

A Clean Home Means Higher Energy Levels

A cleaner home can also boost your energy levels. People with tidier home environments reported that they got better sleep; a key influencer of your energy levels. In 2011, the National Sleep Foundation confirmed this link in a study where three-fourths of the participants said a clean, quiet room was important for their sleep. A better night sleep acts as a restorative to your body functions. Depression has also been linked to fatigue and the sleep quality which forms an indirect connection between depression and a clean home. 

Better Concentration And Focus

Organisation in the home and the workplace helps to channel focus and concentration. Productivity rises in environments that are not cluttered or messy due to the increased ease of performing the tasks needed.

This has been applied and proven in the workplace by multiple researchers and the same premise applies at home. A messy environment can increase the time taken to perform simple tasks, remained focused and negatively affect your stress levels. The Centre for Facilities Research released a study showing 88 percent of its participants found a messy environment to be a distraction while order promoted concentration and learning. 

Having a clean house does more than help you feel accomplished and happy. It supports your physical health by reducing your chances for illnesses including allergic reactions and asthmatic flare-ups. It also reduces stress, fatigue and promotes better mental health all around.

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