SPRING CLEANING YOUR HOME, BODY AND MIND

Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your health, your goals and your attitude. Here are some thought-provoking suggestions to help you emerge from winter with a new sense of purpose and well-being.

1) Clean out the clutter. Decluttering our physical environment also helps clear the mind and improve mental clarity. Now is the time to purge your home of the things that no longer serve you – from clothes and housewares to books and knick-knacks. Give or donate them to someone that can give them new life. You will notice as you clear space in your drawers, countertops and cupboards, you are also getting rid of stress and can enjoy a renewed sense of calm.

2) Refresh your fitness routine. Warmer weather inspires us to go outside and get moving. While you may be eager to dive into new spring training, remember to take it slow. If your winter included little or no physical activity, be sure to ease into new outdoor activities. Start with stretching, walking and yoga before progressing to jogging, biking and hiking.

3) Get some sun. Studies show that natural light increases energy and productivity, and it’s not just your mood that gets a boost. Getting a mere 10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure allows your body to produce the Vitamin D it craves. So why not move your Zoom meeting, email reading or appointment making outside? Migrate activities to the porch, patio or park bench to take in the sunshine and fresh air, and don’t forget to enjoy a few minutes of nature and relaxation just for yourself.

4) Revitalize your diet. Spring is the time to think fresh by adding more fruits and vegetables to your meals. Make or buy fresh salads, stir-fries, soups, and smoothies to inject more variety and nutrition into your diet. Rethink your snacks and take-out food choices too, opting for more wholesome options rather than carb-heavy, fast food or empty-calorie munchies.

5) Transition to better habits. Now is the time to shed any unhealthy habits created during the winter – maybe that’s spending too much time in front of a screen or snacking all day long. To get rid of bad habits, replace them with new, more meaningful actions. Focusing on what is truly important in life can plant seeds that can grow into good habits and positive emotions that will crowd out the negative thinking that holds you back from your goals.