You’ve just completed a 12 hour work day and you are SPENT. You come home and there are dirty dishes, dirty clothes all over, and an unmade bed. How does this scene impact you when are already feeling exhausted on a less than ideal day?
I get it: life moves quickly and chaotically. Whenever I provide suggestions to my clients, I typically ask myself this question…
“Is this a simple suggestion that is non-invasive to one’s routine, realistic to implement, and has the potential to become apart of an individual’s routine?”
While change does not happen overnight, I am a big proponent of “if you can do it in under two minutes, do it right then and there.” In theory and over time, a two minute gesture has the potential to help you feel as though you have more control during a day that poses many potential challenges that are out of your control. So go ahead, try making your bed or keeping the sink empty for one week straight and see what this little change can do for your chaotic and fast paced routine!
There’s some science behind the connection between cleaning and decreased anxiety. Researchers theorize that people gravitate toward repetitive behaviors (such as cleaning) during times of stress. Why? It’s all about control. Clutter – on a subconscious level – is also likely to be linked with negative emotions (confusion, tension, irritability, worry) whereas a clean home is more likely to be linked with positive emotions.
Source: Light On Anxiety