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Doing Dishes - A Great Stress Buster



This news did not come as a surprise to me because I enjoy washing dishes. Well, let me tell about that later.

Scientists say that washing dishes calms the mind and decreases the stress. The study authors wanted to find out how the mundane activities in life could be used to promote a mindful state and thus increase an overall sense of wellbeing.

After conducting a study with 51 students, the scientists found that mindful dishwashers, who focused on the smell of the soap, the warmth of the water and the feel of the dishes reported a decrease in nervousness by 27 percent and were positively inspired to a great extent. Those in the control group did not experience any benefits.

Wow! That sounds great!

Coming back to my story.  After packing the school bags the kids go to bed, the husband practices his guitar or will start watching television. I, on the other hand, will put on my praise and worship music, especially the ones by the  worship leader Sinach and will start doing the dishes.

I tell you it is such a meditative experience. The melodious musical atmosphere, the sound and feel of water, the smell of the soap, all these enhance the meditative experience. Before, I used to hate doing dishes, but now I eagerly await the time when I will be doing dishes.

Try it and see and let me know.

Bottom line- You can turn the mundane chores to improve your overall sense of wellbeing if you give a meditative twist to it.

Take care
Swarnam

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