I know that the last thing you want to do when you are missing your loved one is to clean your space. However, today I hope to motivate you to get to it! Cleaning can be a helpful tool for reducing stress and promoting mindfulness. In part three of my series on why you might want to consider getting organized and tidy, I’m sharing a few tips for how to use cleaning to become more mindful and reduce stress.
- Create a peaceful environment: Before you begin cleaning, create a peaceful environment. This might mean playing calming music, lighting a scented candle, or opening a window to let in fresh air. By creating a calm and peaceful environment, you’ll be better able to focus on the task at hand and feel more relaxed.
- Focus on the present moment: As you clean, try to focus on the present moment. Pay attention to the sensations of cleaning – the feeling of the cleaning cloth in your hand, the sound of the vacuum, the scent of the cleaning products. Try to let go of thoughts about the past or worries about the future.
- Engage your senses: Engaging your senses can help you to stay present in the moment and feel more relaxed. Notice the colors, textures, and patterns of the objects you’re cleaning. Pay attention to the sounds and smells of the cleaning process.
- Practice deep breathing: Deep breathing can help to promote relaxation and reduce stress. As you clean, try to take slow, deep breaths. Inhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, and exhale for a count of 4. Repeat this process several times.
- Take your time: Cleaning doesn’t have to be a rushed or stressful activity. Take your time and focus on the process of cleaning rather than the end result. By taking a more mindful and deliberate approach to cleaning, you may find that you feel more relaxed and less stressed.
By using cleaning as a way to practice mindfulness, you can reduce stress and feel more calm and centered. Over time, you may find that cleaning becomes a soothing and meditative activity that helps you to maintain a sense of balance and peace in your life. Does it make the grief disappear? No, but it gives your mind a way to settle itself during those stressful times.
Remember, you can do this AND I’m here to help.
P.S. If you are ready to take a deeper dive and talk about your grief journey and how you can make life better, I’m a click away. We can schedule a time to talk, and all it takes is a message here, on Facebook, or Instagram.