Decluttering, organizing, making your bed, and keeping a clean living space seem unrelated to your mental health, but all of these things positively affect your mental state. Using these simple cleaning practices to give yourself an easy win every day will boost your mood and motivate you to succeed in other areas of your life.
Sometimes engaging differently in the little things of daily life can profoundly impact your self-esteem and worldview. If you aren’t convinced of the power these simple measures can have, see below how these habits can provide a shift in your mental health.
Controlling What You Can Control
When things feel out of control in your life, you can feel empowered by taking control over what you do have control over, starting with your living space. Your room is an outward expression of your internal state, so if you look around and see a messy room with your belongings thrown everywhere, you probably feel scattered and out of sorts internally.
By controlling what you can by choosing how to organize and clean your living space, you will feel liberated to bring the changes you desired to your living environment. Cleaning is a simple way to make yourself feel good because once you finish, you get to feel productive for having accomplished a goal, promoting feelings of self-esteem for yourself.
The act of cleaning feels therapeutic since you get to expend your nervous, anxious energy by moving about and tidying up. Getting lost in the process of mopping your floors or cleaning the bathroom can ease you into a meditative state and help put your mind at ease. After completing your cleaning and organizing, you feel a sense of relief and pride that helps mitigate feelings of tension within.
Your room should be your salvation from the outside world, so keeping a space that feels orderly and put together will make you feel calmer and comforted, especially when you come from a stressful day.
Cleaning our living space is a simple thing we can all do to feel good about ourselves and boost our moods. Creating a decluttered living space for yourself will make you feel more productive, calmer, and increase your ability to focus. Avalon Malibu is one of the only residential treatment centers in California that treats both mental health disorders and substance use addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with their mental health or addiction, don’t wait to get help. At Avalon, we offer a continuum of high-quality, integrated care that meets the many needs of our patients. Call us at (844) 857-5992.