Cleaning is good for you, no really!
Luckily, there is a lot of research out there which has proven that our physical surroundings have an enormous impact on how we feel (inside and out). For example, spend one minute simply opening your curtains in the morning and let the light in to improve your mood. The reasoning behind it? Light is the human body’s environmental cue which resets what is called the human circadian pacemaker. In other words, when you have insufficient and inappropriate light exposure, it can have massive psychological effects which can result in adverse consequences on human performance, and health and safety. Opening your curtains seems that little bit more appealing now, doesn't it?
Have a bit more time on your hands? Giving your home a thorough top to bottom cleaning has been associated with improving mood, decreasing stress levels and heightening your sense of creativity. Studies have shown that clutter can increase stress levels because it overwhelms our senses with extraneous stimulus. This is especially the case with women, who have been shown to develop chronic levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, if they think their homes look cluttered.
Time to dust off those marigolds.