If you’re dealing with higher-than-usual levels of anxiety and stress this year, you’re not alone. Whether it’s the fear of catching the virus, concerns over ever-changing rules or feeling lonely in lockdown – we’ve all had a lot to worry about.
How do you know if you’re stressed?
If things are getting too much, you might experience a lot of angst or feel irritable and overwhelmed. There are also physical symptoms of stress, including shallow breathing, muscle tension or headaches. You might also have trouble sleeping or are unable to enjoy yourself because negative thoughts are racing through your mind and you can’t fully relax.
What can you do to de-stress?
If you want to feel less stressed, you might reach for a good book, lay out your yoga mat or put your walking boots on. While these are all effective and enjoyable ways to combat anxiety, there is another way to make yourself feel calmer, that you might not have considered…
According to research, cleaning is a great stress-relieving activity. Researchers have found that tidying our homes and getting organised can have a positive impact on our mental health.
Why is cleaning good for your mental health?
When anxious or stressed, we tend to move towards repetitive behaviours, including cleaning. That’s because it gives us control over our own environment. We all have to accept certain situations, like the current pandemic, but we don’t have to accept an unclean home – that’s something we can control.
If there’s a lot on your mind and a lot of clutter in your home, you’re more likely to feel stressed and bogged down. And so, by decluttering your space, you’ll clear your thoughts and deal with any worries more calmly. Plus, putting some TLC into your home will make the space feel more comfortable to live in.
Completing chores and ticking jobs off your list, can also give you a feeling of accomplishment, which instantly makes you feel happy and boosts your mood. Some people also find cleaning relaxing and that it feels similar to the soothing effects of meditation.
Keeping on top of your cleaning and sanitising is also a great way to keep yourself occupied during lockdown, which in turn will help to reduce anxiety – and get rid of those germs!
Need help cleaning your home and clearing your mind?
We have some of the best cleaning solutions that you can buy. Like the effective, economic and eco-friendly products found in the H2O range.
From the H2O e3™ Multi Purpose Cleaning System to the H2O HD 5-in-1 Advanced Steam Cleaner, there’s a wide selection of solutions to help you can clean, sanitise and deodorise multiple surfaces around your home. They’re all easy-to-use too and can be moved swiftly from room to room.
Plus, did you know that many of the H2O products can kill 99.9% of germs, bacteria and viruses? The H2O e3™ Multi Purpose Cleaning System even kills SARS-CoV-2 the coronavirus that causes COVID19! So, that’s one less thing to worry about.