Coming out of winter and into spring feels like a great time to have a fresh start. Spring is associated with new beginnings and growth, so why not apply that to yourself as well?
You’ve probably already thought about spring cleaning your house – getting rid of the clutter, reorganising your cupboards, deep cleaning everything. So, if you are willing to do it for your house, why don’t you do it for yourself too?
Here are five ways to spring clean your body and mind, so you can feel refreshed and renewed.
1. Drink Water
It seems simple, but we tend to underestimate the power that water can have on our day-to-day lives. Drinking more water can help to cleanse your body and mind, by flushing out toxins and boosting energy.
You should aim to drink at least two litres – or eight glasses – a day. This will help reduce fatigue and loss of concentration and even clear up your skin. The benefits of drinking more water are endless.
2. Fix Your Sleeping Pattern
It’s difficult to feel refreshed and renewed if you aren’t getting enough sleep. It’s recommended that adults get between seven and nine hours of sleep a night, but it’s important to ensure that sleep is restful.
Try to avoid using your phone or other screens for at least an hour before bed. Being exposed to the blue light that screens give off can impact our sleep quality, and makes it harder to fall asleep or get a good rest.
You should stop drinking caffeinated drinks in the early afternoon, and switch to decaf instead. This gives your body time to flush the caffeine out before you go to sleep. If you are drinking coffee an hour before bed, likely, you won’t be falling asleep quickly or getting proper rest.
Going to sleep even just half an hour earlier can help reduce overall tiredness, giving you more energy throughout the day.
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3. Focus on Your Food
What you eat can have an impact on your well-being and your mind. Constantly eating processed and unhealthy food can leave you feeling sluggish and unproductive, so it’s important to get a good mix of healthy foods in your diet.
Having a nutritious breakfast is a great way to start the day. It gives you energy and helps to create a healthy habit. It’s also a good idea to try and eat fruits and vegetables that are in season, so you can align your body with spring in a natural way.
If you struggle to find time to cook healthy meals during the week, consider meal prepping at the weekend or the start of the week. You can bulk cook the base of a meal, and then add your toppings throughout the week to save time. This ensures you still have a healthy and nutritious diet without the effort of cooking for hours every evening.
4. Declutter Your Mind
When you think of spring cleaning, it’s likely you think about decluttering your home. But what about your mind? It’s easy for us to overthink and struggle to concentrate when our brains are full of information and emotions.
Try to take time to write down everything that comes into your head, no matter what it is. Don’t think too hard about what you are writing, just let it flow naturally. You will realise that lots of your worries and concerns will be coming out, even if you don’t think of them often.
Doing this will help you to clear your mind as you can physically see what has been troubling you. This will help reduce stress, and can often feel like a weight has been lifted.
Journaling is a great way to let out your emotions and refresh your mind, as well as confronting what might be bothering you.
5. Cut Down on Social Media
Most of us are more addicted to social media than we realise, and it can have a really negative impact on our mental health without even realising. Think about who you are following and engaging with online, and try to question whether they make you happy or not.
If there are certain people that make you unhappy when you see their posts or content, simply unfollow them. You aren’t obliged to interact with anyone you don’t want to. By removing negative posts on your social media, you can transform your online space into a positive place. This means that the time you spend online won’t have such a negative impact, and can even help you to reduce your time on social media.
So when you think it’s time to do some spring cleaning this season, don’t forget to consider yourself too. Following these simple steps will help to create a positive start to the season, and can really change the direction of your lifestyle for the better.
For more information on improving your lifestyle and looking after your mental health, contact the team at Ceed today!