As we move further into spring, now seems the perfect time to think about creating a fresh and clean space for not only ourselves, our environment but our minds.
With longer days and more sunshine, I want to give you the tools to enjoy your days and make more space for productivity.
It’s the sense of hopefulness in the air, and signs of new beginnings, that makes spring the perfect season for re-energising your body and freshening up your routines.
Here’s my 6 tips on spring cleaning your life, and preparing for the rest of the year ahead:
HAVE A GOOD CLEAR OUT
A great way to get rid of those winter blues and spring back into your productive head-space is to have a good tidy up and blow out those cobwebs. Open up those windows, let the fresh air in and make time to clear out all the things you don’t need.
Clear out those kitchen cupboards, and get rid of the old clothes that have no use anymore, to create a space that will enable you to feel calm and clear in your mind.
Clearing out your wardrobe and old skincare products, will only go so far to transforming your environment for a spring transformation, but this is the first step to creating a sense of tranquility in your life.
GET SOME FRESH AIR
With sunnier and warmer days, this is the perfect time to get outside. Getting outside will invigorate and freshen your mind for the trials and tribulations that may lay ahead. If you don’t want to walk alone, grab a buddy and try catching up on the go.
Not only will you feel that you’ve caught up people that you keep meaning to see, but you will come back feeling refreshed and able to face any challenge head on.
This works wonders if you work in an office. Try taking a half an hour walk on your lunch break and see how wonderful you feel when you step back into the office.
We spend so much time sitting at our desks, and put so much pressure on to continue working throughout our lunch, when in fact getting away from your desk can be far more productive. Taking half an hour out of the office will increase your step count for the day, give you the break that you need, and give you far more energy for the rest of the afternoon.
I know it can be hard to get motivated in the winter months, but summer is just around the corner and getting active couldn’t be easier. It’s always a struggle for me when it’s cold and dark outside to even get back in the gym, let alone exercise outside. I crave the warmth and comfort of the living room, seeking naughty treats instead.
But…spring is here. It’s time to get back to it. There are a few different ways to get active from the mild, to the extreme. You could join a gym, or perhaps put one of Joe Wick’s HIIT workouts on the TV and get your sweat on at home.
Alternatively, another way I find that helps me to get motivated, is signing up for a charity run. Once you’ve decided to sign up and have started raising money for your chosen charity, it really gives you the motivation to keep up your exercise routine.
Or, if you’re looking for a more mild option that will also reduce stress and improve your mental health, why not find a local yoga studio? They usually have a range of classes and mixed abilities are welcome.
GET HEALTHY THIS SPRING
A change of seasons is the perfect time to rethink old eating habits, to make healthy food swaps and get a fresh start.
It’s easy to let serving sizes creep up during the winter months but make spring a time to cut back to healthier portions. A great tip is to use smaller plates or prepare your meals ahead of time using containers to enable you to only eat the food you’ve prepared. This saves you reaching for those added snacks and unhealthy treats you may start to crave through out the day.
Helping out with an organisation to keep your local area clean and tidy, can not only provide you with a space that can be enjoyed, but can give you a sense of community, which can be very rewarding.
Being kind to others can actually make us genuinely happy in a number of different ways. Deciding to be generous, or cooperating with others in activities such as a local litter pick activates an area of the brain called the striatum. This is the area of the brain that responds to things we find rewarding.
We are provided with feel-good emotions when we are helpful to others. Why not try doing one nice thing for someone else each day as a start and see how this affects your own mood and sense of well-being. The results are unbelievable.
This spring, from the 22 March – 23 April 2019, Keep Britain Tidy are running a mass environmental campaign, Great British Spring Clean, to improve the environment on your doorstep. They are calling on #LitterHeroes across the country, aiming to inspire 500,000 people to join forces – in partnership with community organisations, businesses and the government – to collect and safely dispose of litter from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible.
GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
A good night’s sleep can certainly leave you feeling refreshed, but getting regular sleep is actually critical to your brain’s health. Sleep has been shown to improve memory, and one study even found that sleeping after you learn something new, results in actual changes in the brain and better retention.
Take time to spring clean your bedroom. I’m sure you wash your sheets on a regular basis, but don’t forget about washing your pillows and duvet on occasion, too. The National Sleep Foundation’s Bedroom Poll found that nearly three out of four people say they get a more comfortable night’s sleep when their bedding has a fresh scent.
In addition to dusting and cleaning, spend a little extra time making sure that your bedroom is clear of mess. A tidy room puts your mind at ease and is more conducive to good sleep. Clear dirty washing off the floor and consider rearranging furniture to make the space more welcoming.
You could consider redecorating or buying yourself something new to create a spring feeling to your room. Your spotless space will make going to bed so much more enticing.
If you are trying to refresh this Spring, start by getting a good night’s sleep!