6 Ways to Clean House When You’re Depressed

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A clean house can help a depressed mind. Learn coping skills that can help you stay on top of your housework.

 

One of the key signs of depressed is when you suspend taking care of day-to-day chores, like cleaning your house. Depression leaves you feeling so down and tired that you just let things go. Unfortunately, a messy house can add to those feelings of depression — creating a destructive cycle that feeds on itself. Once the mess gets too large and chaotic, people with depression can’t imagine how to begin tackling the household duties. They feel hopeless and helpless against the clutter and dirt, which reinforces depression.

How to Keep It Clean When You’re Depressed

A recent study found that performing at least 20 minutes of daily physical activity, including domestic housework, benefited mental health and lowered risks of psychological problems. Don’t let depression force you to live in a messy house. Here are some ways to cope:

1. Break it up into small steps

2. Clean as you go

3. Don’t procrastinate

4. Store your cleaning supplies wisely

5. Pay attention to busy areas

6. Rope your family in

Keep in mind that things may not be bad as you think. Eighty percent of people with depression improve with the proper treatment, often within a few weeks. You don’t have to resign yourself to a messy house while you deal with depression — by getting your home in order, you will also rid yourself of a source of stress.

Read full article by Dennis Thompson Jr., Everyday Health

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