Tips&TricksManic cleaning: A dangerous TikTok trend posing significant health risk

Manic cleaning: A dangerous TikTok trend posing significant health risk

The woman is scrubbing the floor on her knees.
The woman is scrubbing the floor on her knees.
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10:45 AM EST, February 2, 2024

Manic cleaning is likened to an irresistible urge that compels individuals to abandon all activities and embark on an intensive house cleaning spree. While this might sound harmless and perhaps even productive, the reality is far from it. People clean to the point of extreme physical exhaustion, sometimes even until they collapse. In addition to the physical toll, it can also lead to mental challenges. But is there a solution to this issue?

A dangerous trend: The rise of manic cleaning

We are all aware of the internet's capacity to shift our perceptions of reality. At first glance, cleaning mania may seem beneficial - after all, a clean home is a worthwhile goal. Some may even feel compelled to emulate the individuals in these videos. It appears to be an interesting trend teaching us practical skills. Or is it?

Experts, however, offer a different perspective. Impulsively grabbing cleaning supplies is not a behavior we should be endorsing. It could potentially be a manifestation of an underlying mental condition triggered by a powerful stimulus. This stimulus makes us seek out activities that distract us from addressing the problem.

Spending hours cleaning several times a week is not healthy and can exacerbate latent emotional issues. If you have a predilection for manic cleaning, it's crucial to devise a plan and define when to allocate time for house cleaning. Initiating this plan is simple and can effectively prevent impulsive actions throughout the day.

Creating an effective house cleaning schedule

Establishing a schedule can help manage impulsive actions that disrupt your day and threaten your well-being. Routines can be beneficial for individuals with ADHD, who tend to display similar behaviors. In this context, creating a weekly plan can be valuable in controlling manic cleaning.

Set aside one day a week to develop a practical schedule. Record work hours and upcoming meetings, allocate time for shopping, exercising, and relaxation. The remaining time can be used for cleaning. Detail which room you'll clean, the tasks involved, and how long it will take. When your cleaning day arrives, strictly adhere to the plan.

Manic cleaning usually triggers when a powerful stimulus is present. Therefore, when you feel an overwhelming urge to start cleaning, try to calm down. After a few minutes, your emotions will settle, allowing you to think more logically. Remind yourself of your schedule and refrain from deviating from your set objectives.

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