A lot of people who are stressed often turn to eat lots of food. As a result, they become obese and develop several types of diseases that can be life-threatening.
This is not the right solution when it comes to dealing with stress because there are positive ways to handle it. Just like washing dishes.
Did you know that washing dishes decreases a person’s stress level? According to a study at Florida State University says that people who mindfully do the dishes can develop a feeling of inspiration and also decrease their nervousness.
A group of studies participated in the study. Half of the students read a “short mindfulness dishwashing passage” while the other half read “short descriptive dishwashing passage”. The mindful passage is as follows.
“While washing the dishes one should only be washing the dishes. This means that while washing the dishes one should be completely aware of the fact that one is washing the dishes. At first glance, that might seem a little silly. Why put on so much stress on a single thing? But that’s precisely the point. The fact that I am standing there and washing is a wondrous reality. I’m being completely myself, following my breath, conscious of my presence and conscious of my thoughts and actions. There’s no way I can be tossed around mindlessly as a bottle slapped here and there on the waves.”
According to Adam Hanley, author of the study, he is interested in how those ordinary things you do every day can promote a healthy mind.
Image source Elite readers
“I was particularly interested in how the mundane activities in life could be used to promote a mindful state and, thus, increase the overall sense of well-being.”
The study believes that people who are mindful “those who focus on smelling the soup, feeling the water temperature, etc) can uplift the feeling of inspiration by 25% and decrease the feeling of nervousness by 27%.