Washing the dishes reduces stress, a study says

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  • Washing the dishes found to actually be a stress-reliever, a study bared
  • It can be an informal “mindfulness practice” that helps in relieving stress
  • It can also boost your mental health and well-being

Are you stressed out and have dishes that need to be washed on the sink? Then, you might want to start washing them to keep the bad mood away because washing dishes is actually a stress-reliever, a study bared.

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Researchers Adam W. Hanley, Alia R. Warner, Vincent M. Dehili, Angela I. Canto, and Eric L. Garland in association with Florida State University in Tallahassee found out that washing dishes might actually be a good way to reduce someone’s stress.

The study showed that it can be an informal “mindfulness practice” that helps in relieving stress at the end of a busy day at work or in school. According to a report, it was found out washing the dishes can “significantly lower a person’s stress level, but only if it is done mindfully.”

Researchers said in order to benefit from the process, you should be focused on doing the task.

“We hypothesized that, relative to a control condition, participants receiving mindful dishwashing instruction would evidence greater state mindfulness, attentional awareness, and positive affect, as well as reduce negative affect and lead to overestimations of time spent dishwashing.”

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It can also boost your mental health and well-being, thanks to the smell of soap, the temperature of the water and the feel of the dishes. All three factors can trigger a positive state of mind for the person doing the chore,” a report stated. They further disclosed that a person’s nervousness decreases while washing the dishes.

A “mindful” dishwashing also lowers one’s tendencies to keep track of time or think about other things that might concern them. Perhaps this is why we see kitchen scenes in the movies where the actors find washing the dishes as an easy diversion? Well, it somehow explains.