Can cleaning be a form of therapy? Crazy question right? I know that when you have so much to do, and you come home after a busy day at the office, the last thing you want to do is clean. It feels like it’s just something to add to the list of things needing to be accomplished.
Let’s be honest…cleaning house, doing laundry and putting everything away can be a daunting task to some of us, but if we put forth some effort and time, the end result can be exhilarating! If we change our mindset just a little, cleaning could actually do us some good. Organic Authority has a few ideas on how cleaning can be therapeutic:
- Practice Sink Meditation.
- It’s a mundane job, but using the time while doing the dishes could actually help you meditate. Focus on what you are doing with the warm soapy water. Scrubbing those hard to remove foods could help you with frustration. Clear your mind of everything but just the task at hand.
- Feel in control… of a drawer. “Life is chock full of factors we cannot control at all, and even important things like your health, family and home can be affected by forces outside your influence. Do you know what you can control? Your underwear drawer, the shelves of your linen closet and the state of your desktop. When life seems to be spinning out of control and you feel powerless to do anything about it, choose a drawer, closet, cabinet or piece of furniture to clean out completely. Choosing a small task makes it an achievable goal, and once you’ve finished organizing the space, you will relish the feelings of power and control over your environment.”
- Scrub away your stress. Back to working out the frustration. Whether is scrubbing the floor or bathroom sink, scrubbing away the mess could be a good be used as a good metaphor for what we are feeling at the time. We work hard, putting in the effort to make things better, and see the clean end result. Just like you are watching the dirt disappear, let those negative or hurtful emotions go down the drain with them.
Seeing the end result of all your hard work for the day can be therapy all on its own. Feeling accomplished for being able to relax in a clean home can help.
Taking time to clean the house can sometimes put other things off that need to be done, but cleanliness is essential to your mental and physical health. What better way than to use it as a time for YOU!
Get your in-home therapy on, ladies!
Susan Ingram, OWL Blogger