I love spring cleaning. It’s the perfect opportunity to kick out the old and welcome the new. Everything feels light and fresh and smells like citrus. In traditional metaphors, spring represents a renewal and an opportunity for growth. This need not only apply to the pile of junk that has accumulated in your garage. It’s been a few months since New Year’s resolutions had you on your “A-game” and this is a great time to look at what is working for you and what isn’t and reenergize some of those healthy goals. An internal spring cleaning if you will.
Doing a simple check in on these areas will help you evaluate how you’re doing, where you’re going, and what spring cleaning tweaks can really make your health sparkle!
The traditional spring cleaning junk removal can actually improve your mood! Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli, causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important and can leave you feeling anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed. Making a goal to get rid of things you don’t need will make it easier to organize the things you have and leave you feeling accomplished and put together.
2. Stress management
While stress begins in the brain, it kick starts pathways that affect the entire body. The stress response is meant to keep us safe when we encounter danger, but when that same response is activated long term it can become damaging. Checking in on the amount of stress you are feeling and the tools you have for coping with stress is a great way to keep that stress response in check. Finding a new hobby, exercising, chatting with a friend, or reading a book are all healthy ways you could manage your stress.
Mental clutter can be just as detrimental as physical clutter. Focusing on one thing at a time without distractions like screens or multi-tasking can be helpful. Meditation can also be a useful tool to organize your mind. The goal of meditation is to focus and quiet your mind, in essence, you are taking a mental time out. This can be done in as little as a few minutes and can be as simple as focusing on some deep breathing.
4. Food Detox
I don’t think it’s a secret that what you eat affects your health. And that makes sense, right? Of course, what you put in your mouth and assimilate into your body will affect how it functions. Eating heavily processed foods creates a lot of work for our body to digest, absorb, and eliminate. Choosing real, whole foods that you could find in a garden can give your body a break from working overtime and an opportunity to repair and detox. Making sure you get plenty of liver-loving foods or downloading this simple liver detox can be great ways to do some internal spring cleaning.
Every day we encounter substances that will eventually need to be eliminated from our body. Our largest organ of elimination is our skin and we get rid of toxins through our skin via sweat. Getting a good sweat on can be incredibly beneficial in allowing our body to purge waste. Physical activity like going for a run or attending that Zumba class are great ways to work up a sweat. Another option is visiting a sauna. The dry heat used in saunas can make you sweat buckets without even realizing it and may have cardiovascular benefits as well!
Social relationships are a huge part of our lives and making sure we have supportive interactions can do wonders for your health. Taking stock of your social health and the relationships closest to you. Making an effort to cultivate valued relationships or find new friends can boost mood and reduce risk of chronic disease. Conversely, identifying relationships that aren’t serving you and letting them go can be freeing and help reduce stress and anxiety.