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Spring Cleaning for Your Mind and Body

by Beth Warren March 22, 2018

We are all familiar with the term spring cleaning once March rears its roaring lion’s head. Another notable time that comes to mind is the Jewish holiday Passover, when we have to rid our homes of “hametz” as an added incentive to fully clean every nook and cranny. While spring cleaning has the obvious benefits of an organized closet, a sparkling counter top, and possibly more open spaces, more importantly, it has been associated with improved mood, decreased stress, and heightened creativity.

 

And it’s a good thing, too. Clutter is proven to increase stress levels by distracting us and overwhelming our senses with extraneous stimuli – toppling piles and unsightly messes as well as associated smells and noises. Whereas organization is associated with a calmer mind. Studies show that task performance will improve if the work space is in order as well. Beyond negative emotional effects, a disorganized space is also associated with less physical activity. On the contrary, organization and order have been associated with choosing to eat more healthily, being more generous, and conventionality. 


Thinking about spring cleaning also makes me think about how I can declutter my mind. Try to clear out stress, negativity, and drama! Rejuvenating ourselves with health and happiness helps us feel good on the inside and shows on the outside. Not only with losing weight, but in a healthier mind and better mood. Happiness is also just as important. Surround yourselves with positive people and be grateful for what you have. Don’t focus on what you don’t have because it will only make you feel negative thoughts. 

 

You’ll be surprised by the improvements you could make with a healthier body and mind by Spring cleaning your life. Take it upon yourselves to drink that extra cup of water and to walk that extra block this spring. You won’t regret it.

Some people may feel overwhelmed by Spring cleaning because it is time-consuming and stressful in and of itself. But, the results are worth the temporary angst. Checkout the tips from these Instagram followers:
 

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