When it comes to cleaning, your mind and body are more connected than you might think.
It’s easy to make fun of people who are obsessed with cleaning. We all know that person or friend who is a self-proclaimed neat freak. When you visit their home, it’s like being in a sterile museum. And even when they visit your place it can be hard to keep them from trying to tidy up your place. But with so many people infatuated with sterilizing and sanitizing their homes, you can't help but wonder if they know something about cleaning that you don’t. And as it turns out, they do.
Recent research has determined that there is a real psychological connection between cleanliness and happiness. When things aren’t clean or appear cluttered, it can can cause our brains to feel stressed with anxiety. On the flip side, when things are clean we get a feeling of accomplishment and rejuvenation which can be beneficial for your mental health. For example, a study from 2018 shows that when things are clean, we equate them to feelings like winning the lottery, getting a promotion, or leaving work on a Friday afternoon.
But the psychological benefits of cleaning aren’t just limited to when you tidy up your house or deep clean bathroom. In fact, you can get the same kind of feel-good perks just by going to your dentist for your yearly teeth cleaning. Here are just a few of the ways you’ll feel better after you treat your pearly whites to a deep clean.
You'll Smile More
When you a smile, a scientific process is taking place inside your mind. As it turns out, cleaning and the feeling of being clean is good for your body. When you feel clean, your brain gets a jump start by produce endorphins that make you feel good. Endorphin production can also make you feel less stressed and in general can put you in a better mood.
You’ll Have More Confidence and Less Anxiety
When your smile has too much bacteria to deal with you can end up with bad breath. This is not only uncomfortable, but it can result in anxious feelings. For example, people with bad breath often experience anxiety when in intimate social situations for fear of offending someone with their breath. With good oral care, you can keep bad breath anxiety at bay.