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20 Spring Cleaning Ideas For Your Health

May 3, 2016|By Dr. Mary Anderson|Behavioral Medicine

Spring is a beautiful season—filled with increasingly warmer weather and new growth in nature. It’s also a great time for all of us to open the windows and let fresh air into our daily routines.

20 Spring Cleaning Ideas For Your Health

Spring is a beautiful season—filled with increasingly warmer weather and new growth in nature. It’s also a great time for all of us to open the windows and let fresh air into our daily routines (especially if some less-than-helpful habits began during the darker days of winter.) Here are 20 ideas for how to enjoy healthier and happier days starting this season:

  1. Meet up with a friend to take a walk outside and catch up with one another
  2. Put fresh flowers in your home
  3. Attend an outdoor concert, charity event, or other pleasant community activity
  4. Clean up your living space and put away any winter boots/clothes
  5. Take a journal, sketch pad or coloring book and pencils outside for some creative time in nature
  6. Run or walk in a local 5k race
  7. Get outside and garden—notice the sights, smells, and sounds of nature
  8. Set at least 1 doable goal to work on this month (i.e., start eating breakfast every day, buy a reusable water bottle and use it daily to increase water intake, try a new class at the gym)
  9. Identify at least 3 things each day you are grateful for
  10. Buy tickets to a concert, show, or sporting event in the summer—to have something nice to look forward to
  11. Eat at least 1 additional serving of fresh vegetables every day
  12. Call, text, or email a friend or family member you haven’t seen in a while
  13. Get off the bus or subway a few stops early and get some extra steps in during your day
  14. Create a new playlist with some inspiring, upbeat music for this new season
  15. Enjoy walking around a local farmers’ market—buy some fresh produce, flowers, or arts/crafts
  16. Sign up for a new class or volunteer opportunity
  17. Set your alarm to get up at the same time every morning (& commit to not using the snooze button)
  18. Find a new book to read
  19. Make time for at least 2 minutes of meditation every day
  20. Plan a trip to somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit

Encouraging Action: What is one new thing you could do this spring to improve your health and overall well-being? How could you start working on that one new thing today?

Inspirational Quotation: “Nature is infinitely creative.  It is always producing the possibility of new beginnings.”—Marianne Williamson

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