Washing Dishes Can Significantly Lower Your Stress Level
Are you stressed? A recent study has revealed that washing dishes can reduce your stress level.
For many people, different small tasks help relax their minds, including listening to music and watching movies. However, one study found that washing dishes lowers your stress level in a significant way.
A study found that washing dishes lowers your stress level
It is quite possible that a lot of people already wash dishes as a way of relaxing their minds. But who would've thought that science would one day confirm dishwashing as an activity that benefits the mind? In a study published in journal Mindfulness, experts say that washing dishes can help relieve stress if done right.
A team of Florida researchers wanted to find out whether simple tasks like dishwashing can bring about a positive state of mind. For the research, the team recruited 51 students in their early 20s. Over half of those 51 students were to read a 230-word passage with special attention to the experience of dishwashing on physical senses. While the other half read a similar-length passage that stressed proper dishwashing methods. After reading, both groups gave their interpretation of the reading. Then each washed 18 clean dishes.
Positive and negative well-being and mindful state were checked before and after the dishwashing exercise. With the first group, dishwashing heightened the sense of time, slowing it down pleasurably. While the second group got no benefits.
What the study means to you
The study and its benefits do not just revolve around dishwashing. Other household activities can achieve the same results, as long as they're done mindfully. If you're performing a specific task, focus your mind on the task at hand until you're through with it. That means mopping the floor with your mind in the process, trimming the flowers, and doing the laundry. In fact, even enjoying your coffee in the morning or taking a morning shower can be beneficial. The trick is to focus on the feel of the water on your skin and to enjoy the pleasant smell of coffee.
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