With the arrival of spring comes the need to spring clean. It’s the time of year where we gather all the energy we’ve saved up during winter hibernation to declutter and clean out closets, spare bedrooms and cracks and crevices that haven’t been touched since last spring. Often times we think that’s where the cleaning ends, when in fact our bodies could use a little spring cleaning as well.
Here are 10 Tips To Spring Cleaning Your Mind, Body and Spirit:
Positive Daily Affirmations
Starting the say with saying something positive to yourself is a great way to keep the negativity out of your life. Personal little pep talks will not only make you feel great about yourself but to give you the motivation you need to push through any difficult moments you may be experiencing.
Who says that you have to set goals at the start of the new year. You can start a new set of achievable goals anytime you want. And I say achievable because what’s the point of setting a goal with no real plan set forth on how to achieve it. I’ve set goals for myself for the year, and through the use of journals and vision boards I plan on working toward those goals one step at a time. If you haven’t set any goals yet, whether they be personal or business you can still do so. This is the start of a new month and the start of a new day, so jot some things down that you want to accomplish by the end of the month and aim for it – then keep going.
Rid Yourself of Toxic People in Your Life
If there are people in your life who aren’t being supportive of you, or who are causing unnecessary drama and stress in your life then it’s time to cut the strings on that relationship. I know it may be hard because you’ve known that person for so long and have shared so many great memories with them, but if the relationship is clouded in negativity it will plague you and keep you down. You need to wish them well and release them from your life.
Get Some Sun
With the arrival of daylights saving and spring means the arrival of nice weather. Or, at least it should be. Here in New York City its been pretty cold. But, if you’re fortunate enough to have nicer weather where you are then you need to be taking advantage of it. Getting out to enjoy the sun will give your body a renewed sense of energy and it will allow you to get vitamin D your body needs. You don’t even have to get in your car. You can go for a walk around the neighborhood, or sit in your yard.
Hit The Gym
Eating healthy does nothing if you aren’t working out. No one is saying you have to go hardcore at the gym 7 hours a day 7 days a week. But, you should make it a priority to get in a gym. Now if getting to there is too much of a task, there are so many online fitness routines that you can follow from the privacy of your home to get your body in shape, and not just for beach season, but ALL seasons.
Drink Plenty of Water
Eating healthier, means you’re also drinking healthier. Say farewell to juices and carbonated drinks that are filled with nothing but sugar, which do nothing but ruin your teeth and shape. When you feel the thirst coming on have a glass of water. Water is a true thirst quencher. Now if plain water is too boring for you then you can infuse your water with fruits or you can drink flavored tea with a few drops of honey for sweetness.
Ditch the processed and fast foods in favor of healthy home prepared meals. Stay away from foods that are pumped with hormones. Choose organic products and produce, and be sure to read the labels on foods you’re purchasing. If it contains ingredients you can’t pronounce or things that shouldn’t even be included then stay away from it.
Take Your Vitamins
As we get older our bodies have a harder time processing the nutrients we need from the food we eat to keep us healthy. Therefore, by taking supplement we are insuring that our bodies are getting everything it needs to allow our insides to age as gracefully as our outsides. Vitamins serve many purposes like improving short-term memory loss, while increasing our overall energy. Like most people, I’m notorious for forgetting to take my vitamins (see that memory loss), but if we set goals and reminders to take better care of ourselves those reminders will turn into daily routines.
*Tip – I like taking my vitamins (when I remember to do so), at night just before bed as I feel more energized the next day. The vitamin breaks down while I sleep and when I wake up I’m ready to do the job at hand.
Be thankful that you’re alive and well to see a new day, and for everything you have in your life. It’s easy to take for granted everything that we have, and we must remember what is here today can be gone tomorrow. To ensure showing gratitude is apart of your daily thoughts you can start a gratitude journal or you can participate in a challenge that’s based on the word of the day. You can pass the gratitude on by share it with your friends and family or you can keep it private, it’s totally up to you.
Take A Timeout
When I say take a timeout I don’t mean go sit in a corner, well I mean you could…if your corner is considered your happy retreat. You see, timeouts aren’t just for kids, they’re for adults too. It’s all about giving yourself as much time as you can throughout the day to take step back in order to clear your mind so you don’t feel frazzled.
Those are my 10, can you think of any other ways to help spring clean your mind, body and spirit?
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