Every year as the weather warms, we get to all of the cleaning tasks we’ve been neglecting all winter, and this amounts to what we all call ‘Spring Cleaning.’
And while I’ll admit that dusting those hard-to-reach spots is important, I’ve come to use this ‘Spring Cleaning’ time as more of a mental and physical check-in with myself.
We’re four months into the new year, and if you made a New Year’s resolution or a 2021 goal, it’s time for some reflection.
Evaluate Your Progress
Take a moment and think about what you’ve been doing to reach your goal or to be that best version of yourself. Maybe you did really well back in January but got lost along the way. If that’s the case, this is a great opportunity to change your methods and try again! If you’re still on track to reach your goal, (or even surpass it!) that’s amazing. Ask yourself what you can do to take it even further. If your goal was to add more greens into every meal, and you’re crushing that, maybe tweak your goal a bit and try to diversify your veggies. The possibilities are endless!
Clean Your Fridge/Pantry
I don’t mean literally clean out your fridge or your pantry, although that might not be a bad idea. I’m suggesting you take some time to think about the food you keep inside your home. Because, if you’re like me, if you have junk food around, it’s much harder to resist that temptation. Take inventory of everything you have inside your refrigerator and/or pantry, and ask yourself if those are items that keep you healthy and nourished. Of course, we all like the occasional treat, so don’t be too restrictive with yourself. But aim for a majority of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes and you’ll be in for a refreshing restart.
Set New Goals
Maybe you’ve thought about it, and your goals from months ago just don’t suit you anymore, and that’s totally fine! There’s no rule that says resolutions and goals can only be set on January 1. Think about what you would like to be doing or how you would like to be feeling four months from now. Then think about the steps you need to take to get to that point and translate those into small goals. Write them down, and plan out how you will tackle each of them. And before you know it, four months will fly by, and you will have reached your goal!
There’s nothing like some fresh, spring air to make you feel refreshed and renewed. Weather permitting, try to get outside every day. Some days that might just look like walking to the end of your driveway to get your mail. Other days it might mean a more extensive walk with your dog or a bike ride. However you choose to get out, make sure you’re thanking your body by providing it with some fresh air and movement.
How do you plan to spring clean your lifestyle?