Spring cleaning for your physical and mental health

Spring is here, and with it comes a chance for a fresh start for your home and office health. Spring cleaning not only leaves you with a cleaner environment, but it also has many health benefits, including a positive effect on emotional health, productivity and physical health.

Cleaning not only reduces the risk of breathing issues, but it also has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. Using lemon-scented products has been proven to help people de-stress at a faster rate. TIP: This spring, try using an actual lemon instead of chemicals. Lemon juice is high in citric acid and its antibacterial properties make it one of the best natural cleaners.

Working in a cluttered environment has also been shown to hinder people’s ability to focus. These distractions can decrease productivity and put mental health at risk. TIP: Give attention to clutter as soon as it is made rather than letting it pile up until it feels insurmountable. This will help to create healthy, long-lasting cleaning habits. UF/IFAS offers some tips on cutting through the clutter and making a fresh start this spring.

Perhaps the most obvious detriment of a messy house or office is that of physical health. The season of spring is synonymous with allergies for many. As mentioned in this UF Health blog post, pollen, dust and pet dander are common irritants, and ridding your house and work area of these allergens will help you breathe better (and may even provide a productive burst of exercise). UF/IFAS also has some suggestions on how to keep dirt and contaminants outsideTIP: Taking part in 20 minutes of cleaning (a low-intensity workout) three times a week can increase energy levels by up to 20 percent.

Stay on top of spring by tidying up the environments in which you live and work. Your body and mind will thank you.

Written by Larissa Jaurigue, UFHR Communications and Worklife