The importance of self-care seems to be appearing lately everywhere. Self-care is micro-moments of self-preservation that help us restore and nurture ourselves. It includes everything from meditating to having time for the favorite hobby.
You have to spend time meditating, spending time in nature, walking, keeping a diary, exercising, practicing yoga, dancing, painting or doing crafts.
And all these are wonderful, and the ultimate purpose of daily self-care is to connect with your true BEING. There you will find an eternal source of love, strength, and energy.
On the best of days, my self-care routine includes half an hour alone in the morning, going for a walk, reading a few pages and a hot bath.
As an entrepreneur, my days are full. I don’t want my self-care routine to become something else that makes me feel guilty if I fail to achieve it.
About 66% of most busy professionals have to eat outside the home, due to work or study commitments. Thus, they are forced to turn the daily menu into an example of poor nutrition. This reality should not be taken lightly, because a poor diet can cause health problems.
In fact, 50% of people suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, and gastritis have developed these diseases due to poor eating habits, sedentary lifestyle and emotional stress.
There are all kinds of diets, some good and some bad. And you have the power to decide which one to target. The key here is knowing how to maintain a balanced diet.
Cleaning As A Way Of Self-Care:
Self-care is defined as the conscious time to make sure that you are taking care of yourself.
Space, where we live, is an energetic extension of ourselves. When our outer world is in order, our inner world feels well cared for and fed. Conversely, when our homes are dirty and messy, we can feel overwhelmed, embarrassed, lethargic and anxious.
A 2010 study published in the Bulletin of Social Psychology and Personality found that women who described their homes with phrases such as “crowded” or “full of unfinished projects” were more likely to experience negative feelings of depression and fatigued than women who described their homes as “quiet” or “restaurateurs.”
The researchers also found that women with disorderly homes had higher cortisol levels; a direct indication that stress level increases when our home is messy.
Living in a messy environment makes it much harder to focus on important tasks. Specifically, our visual cortex can be easily distracted by irrelevant objects in our environments, therefore, disrupting the brain’s ability to effectively allocate conscious attention to the task at hand.
The act of cleaning itself also has a positive psychological impact. Cleanliness gives us a sense of control and achievement. Over time, that sense of control helps us to better manage the ups and downs of life with a greater power of adaptability and confidence.
In addition, simple activity and repetitive movements of washing dishes, sweeping floors or cleaning surfaces make it easier for the mind to enter a state of meditation, temporarily relieving momentary anxieties.
Cleanliness gives people a sense of mastery and control over their surroundings. Life is full of uncertainty and many situations are out of our hands, but at least we can assert our will in our living space.
Gain More Mental Space By Cleaning Your Home
Personally, I think the important thing is to feel good and try to include daily actions to recover our health, our homes and our place in the world.
The Ultimate Cleaning Checklist
This is a checklist I lifted off from realsimple.com
- Make your bed
- Wipe down bathroom counters after showers, especially in the evening.
- Empty/load dishwasher
- Take out trash
- Do a night-time sweep to put stray objects back in their place
- Wipe down counters, table, and sink
- Dust all hard surfaces
- Vacuum and/or mop floors
- Wipe down appliances
- Wipe down and disinfect countertops
- Wipe down mirrors
- Scrub and disinfect the kitchen sink
- Scrub and disinfect toilets
- Clean and scrub showers and tubs
- Change and launder sheets and towels
- Toss any food that has expired
- Vacuum upholstery
- Wipeout and disinfect wastebaskets
- Wipe down and disinfect doorknobs, light switches, and TV remotes
- Dust ceiling fans and vents
- Dust moldings
- Scrub stovetop, including burner grates
- Wipe down kitchen cabinets
- Clean and deodorize the microwave (heat a mug of water with a lemon wedge, then wipe down)
Every Three to Six Months
- Launder or hand-wash curtains
- Vacuum mattress
- Clean and condition leather and wood furniture
- Clean blinds
- Vacuum drapes and fabric shades
- Dust lampshades
- Wipe down baseboards
- Shake out rugs
- Scrub grout
- Wash windows inside and out
- Clean and degrease the stove hood
- Polish stainless steel appliances
- Clean refrigerator and freezer interiors
- Clean and descale the coffee maker
Every Six to 12 Months
- Clean oven interior
- Wash or dry clean slipcovers
- Wash or dry clean pillows
- Wash or dry clean comforters
- Empty and clean cabinet and pantry shelves
- Vacuum or dust refrigerator condenser coil
- Wash and dry stove hood filter
Annually or so
- Have rugs professionally cleaned
- Wipe down walls
- Wash window screens
- Clean dryer duct
- Have upholstery and drapes professionally cleaned (every two years)
So I invite you to make a change in your life.