It is officially Springtime! The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and it is time for spring cleaning.
It is tradition that when springtime rolls around, we clean our houses allowing our homes to be clean, happy, and efficient spaces. What we often forget is to do the same with our bodies. During the winter it is harder to stay active and with all the holidays we often fill up on yummy treats and comfort foods.
Spring is the perfect time to jump-start your emotional and physical health with a spring cleansing. Like spring cleaning, this allows us to make our bodies efficient and happy. Here is a spring cleansing checklist to help you get started.
1. Clean Out Your Pantry
We know that we feel better physically and mentally when we eat right. Do a spring cleaning of your pantry and fridge. In the winter we crave food high in carbohydrates. Try to replace these with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables.
2. Get Outside
The weather is warming up, enjoy the sunshine and soak in some Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that most people are deficient in during the winter months. Vitamin D helps maintain healthy bones and teeth, supports the body’s immune health, and supports lung function and cardiovascular health.
Being outside not only has physical benefits but emotional and mental health benefits as well. According to a Harvard Study, being outside can boost your emotional and mental health. Natural light will help boost and elevate your mood.
3. Give Yourself Alone Time
Giving Yourself time to be alone. Solitude is important in emotional and mental health. Solitude is known to help let yourself unwind and relax, improve concentration and increase productivity, help you work through problems more effectively, and allow you to discover yourself.
Set up a time each day where you give yourself alone time, this also means disconnecting from your electronics.
4. Let Go
It can be easy to hold a grudge against someone or even yourself. Allow yourself to let go and forgive.
According to the Mayo Clinic, forgiving someone and yourself has many benefits including:
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Reduces Anxiety, Stress, and Hostility
- Improves Heart Health
- Improves Immune Health
- Promotes Healthier Relationships
- Gives Greater Spiritual and Psychological Well-being
5. Positive Affirmation
What is a Positive Affirmation? It is positive self-talk. It is a statement about ourselves or situation that is said in the present tense as if it were already true.
Set a goal that you spend at least 3-5 minutes a day saying/writing/thinking positive affirmations. You can do this in the morning when you wake up, before bed, or throughout the day.
Positive affirmations have many benefits including:
- You become aware of your daily thoughts, reducing the risk of negativity seeping in
- They help you become surrounded by only the things you want in life
- Daily practice helps keep small things in perspective
- They help you stay positive, recent studies have shown that optimistic people have healthier hearts
- Helps keep you in a constant state of gratitude