Hi my name is Robyn Branch and I specialize in identifying issues in the community that can affect mental health and I provide solutions and expertise to help alleviate those problem issues. I am currently working out of the Fayetteville, AR area but I’m sure the issues I discuss can be applied to other communities as well. I would like to first start out by talking about sources of stress and how they cause mental health deterioration.
Sources of Stress
There are three major areas where stress can enter your life and they are work stress, commute stress, and home stress. At work you can have difficult clients, tight project deadline, obnoxious coworkers, or any number of other things that can stress you. While commuting you can run into a lot of stressors as well such as long traffic jams or careless drivers. At home there’s stress that comes from conflict with your family members or stress that comes from needing to complete domestic chores. All these stressors can combine to damage your mental health and sometimes even lead to a complete meltdown. By examining ways to deal with and alleviate these stressors, your overall mental health will better and hopefully that will lead to a better community overall.
There is a lot of information out there in ways to alleviate work stress, commute stress, and home stress that you can read about. However, one area of stress that is often overlooked is stress resulting from domestic chores. An untidy home is not only a source of stress but it often compounds stress from other areas of your life. For example, lack of tidiness can cause you to lose track of important documents for a work project further enhancing your work stress or untidy spaces can lead to a point of contention between you and your spouse. Either way it is more stress that you don’t need in your life.
Why is Having a Clean Home So Important for Your Mental Health?
Studies have shown that a cluttered workspace reduces the productivity of a worker immensely. The same can conclusion can be applied to have a cluttered untidy home. You already need to juggle many priorities in your life so the last thing you need is to have an unclean and untidy home where it is much easier to misplace and lose track of important items like your keys or important documents. Also, an unclean home makes your home feel much less inviting and less cozy overall. This makes it much more difficult to feel comfortable in your own home which is really bad because your home is your primary resting place where you recharge your batteries so you can face the challenges of a new day. Another problem that arises from an unclean home is that the unpleasant sights and smells act as additional irritant to you and that in turn can cause you to become unpleasant with your family members. So I guess the main point of this post is a good house cleaning can be a boon for your mental health.