Do you feel stressed often? If so, then you are definitely not alone! Stress can be a major detriment to your health. According to The American Institute of Stress, stress is the basic cause of 60% of all human illness and disease, while 75% of doctor visits are for stress-related ailments. Stress can lead to bad behaviors (such as excessive snacking) when left unchecked, and stress is difficult to relieve. Cleaning your house may not be the first thing you think of when you try to relieve stress (after all, who wants to do chores?), but it can have excellent benefits for your mental and physical health.

Cleaning gives you a sense of accomplishment. While cleaning often involves a lot of work, not doing it can lead to even more stress since you’ll see the same untidy rooms, dirty dishes, and dusty shelves every day you postpone cleaning. On the other hand, getting the job done can give you confidence to do other things on your to-do list while taking your mind off of other things that worry you.

Cleaning can make the environment in your home healthier and safer. Dust, dirt, and pet dander all combine to make breathing more difficult for people with allergies, while a room with toys or unfinished home-improvement projects scattered on the floor can turn your house into an obstacle course and put your family members at risk for falls. Tidying all of this up can make your home more welcoming.

Cleaning can be fun, too! Cleaning with your family or friends can give you the opportunity to spend time together and talk. If cleaning by yourself, you can listen to music. With everyone having such busy schedules, these are things that you may not have the opportunity to do otherwise, so seize the opportunity when you can!

Spring is finally here, and with it comes the perfect time to do some household cleaning. Get some fresh air, take pride in your home, and be sure to relax and have fun while cleaning it!

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