The arrival of spring inspires and encourages us to air out, clean up and declutter our homes. But a good spring clean doesn’t have to be limited to dusting, washing curtains and cleaning carpets. Use this time of year to ‘spring clean’ your mind, body and total health management routine and put your health at the top of your “to do list”.
Here are some simple, but efficient ways to make spring a time to refresh and re-energise your health and overall wellbeing habits.
Spring clean your diet and kitchen
- Spring brings about an abundance of seasonal, local and fresh produce. Switch from heavier winter comfort foods to lighter, fresher foods and eat with the season. Focus on the fresh produce spring gifts us, supporting locally owned businesses and visit a farmer’s market.
- Clean out your fridge, freezer and pantry and ditch the expired and forgotten foods.
- Take a moment to ask yourself what foods you are actually going to eat and what foods might end up slipping to the back of the pantry again.
- Rearranging these spaces so that healthy snacks such as wholegrain crackers, fruits and nuts are the first thing you see makes it easier for your future self to make healthy choices.
- Think about what you need or want to do – eat less refined foods, boost immunity, reduce sugars, reduce alcohol, reduce meat consumption. Shop and stock accordingly.
Spring into action
- Put a spring in your step – get moving and active again.
- Commit to a new workout routine that makes you feel good. The most effective exercise routine is one that you stick with, so find a form of exercise that you love, and transform it into a habit.
- Take your walks, workouts and activities outdoors as the weather improves.
- Spice up your old routine by incorporating more activities or start new ones. Go for a bike ride, or try a new, different fitness class.
- Enjoy the fresh air and get some vitamin D. Spending time in nature is one of life’s simplest pleasures and works miracles for both your mental and physical health. A leisurely walk along the beach, bike riding and hiking are the perfect ways to spend time with family and friends or clear your mind. If you have a busy schedule, take your morning coffee outside, or simply sit in your garden and enjoying some quiet time.
Spring clean your mind
- Get motivated. Make a plan. Set goals. Revisit those new years resolutions.
- Assess and evaluate your current daily routine and habits – what would you like to do more of, and what would you like to do less of?
- Be realistic – start gentle.
- Adopt new habits or activities to reduce stress and anxiety if necessary – yoga, meditation, mindfulness.
- Start a journal or gratitude diary to help download from the day.
- Look at and adjust your sleep routine and hygiene.
- Invest in and welcome healthy relationships into your life and ditch the toxic ones that waste time and energy.
Spring clean your digital world
- Have a technology detox. The same as a cluttered home, electronic distractions, an overflowing inbox of unread messages, and unused and forgotten online accounts can cause an overwhelming amount of stress that often goes unnoticed. Spring clean your technology and online presence by evaluating how you currently use it, and then come up with ways to make it more efficient for the life you want to live.
- Reorganise your emails into folders and unsubscribing from mailing lists that no longer serve you.
- Learn to use your phone settings properly, turn of the constant notifications and remove unused apps.
- Monitor and track your screen time regularly.
- Set aside and find a time during your day to be ‘technology-free’.
- Unfollow social media accounts that prompt negative thoughts or people that you compare yourself to. Follow those that inspire you or make you feel positive about yourself.
Other ideas for spring cleaning your health
- Make annual health and doctors appts if they are overdue – dentist, optician, podiatrist, dermatologist, endocrinologist and anyone else that plays a role in your health management. Set aside an hour to schedule necessary GP, dental and specialist appointments for the upcoming year. Put them in your calendar and there will be no stress or excuses for finding time later in the year.
- Clean out your medicine cabinet – check expiry dates, throw away unmarked bottles and containers.
- Clean out your old makeup, skincare and cleaning products that are out of date or no longer used.
- Freshen up your home and work environments with in-season plants or flowers. Invest in a air diffuser and some essential oils.