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Half of Brits turn to cleaning to de-stress

As part of Stress Awareness Month this April, researchers have revealed the average adult spends two hours and 11 minutes EVERY DAY feeling stressed – the equivalent of five-and-a-half years over the course of a lifetime, a study by household cleaning experts Kärcher has found.

Heavy work-loads, financial worries, health problems and family dramas are the main contributors to feelings of stress. means the average adult spends the equivalent of more than 15 hours a week feeling under pressure.

The study found more than half of Brits (55 per cent) turn to cleaning to calm them down, with six in ten (61 per cent) claiming that having a clean and tidy house instantly makes them feel calmer and less stressed. Other stress-busting activities include going for a walk, having a glass of wine and watching a film.

More than three in ten Brits (31 per cent) clean as soon as they get home to unwind, with the relaxation kicking in after just 13 minutes. The sense of calm brought on by cleaning is so strong that a third of Brits (34 per cent) even say they have cleaned things which didn’t need it just because they were feeling stressed.

Jack Sweeney, Marketing Director for Kärcher UK said: ‘’Our lives are becoming more stressful than ever before, so it’s important to take some time to relax and calm down, particularly after a long day.

‘’While reading and listening to music are well-known stress relievers, it seems the old adage ‘tidy home, tidy mind’, also rings true.

“Not only does cleaning your home leave you feeling satisfied and house proud, but being able to sit down in a tidy room is often relaxing in itself.”

The relationship between cleanliness and calmness often runs deeper, with four in ten (40 per cent) saying that a dirty home was often the cause of their stress in the first place. And over two thirds of Brits who clean their home say the feeling of productivity associated with it helps to alleviate their stress.

Washing up was found to be the most common chore to do when stressed, followed by vacuuming and doing the laundry, with cleaning the bathroom and toilet even listed among the most common stress-relieving chores.

Top ten chores to do when feeling stressed:
1. Washing up
2. Vacuuming
3. Laundry
4. Wiping down the kitchen surfaces
5. Tidying things away
6. Dusting
7. Cleaning the bathroom/toilets
8. Cleaning windows
9. Ironing
10. Mopping the floors

Sweeney continues: “The research shows that the act of cleaning your home is adopted by many Brits as an effective stress management technique, with the end result of a cleaning session, a clean and tidy house, helping more than half of the nation unwind.

“At Kärcher, we strive to deliver products that make this process even more rewarding, ensuring a tidy home also equals a tidy mind.”

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