TEN STEPS FOR SPRING CLEANING

Spring is a season of awakening and of new beginnings. Making healthy choices that will

carry you through the seasons is important this time of year. Here are a few ideas to get

you started.

1. Embrace yourself honestly.

Assess the various aspects of your life, taking note where the stressors and weaknesses

exist. Are they in your diet, exercise program, work or relationships? Focus on the ones

that need improvement, and begin moving away from the ones that detract from your life.

2. Examine personal relationships.

Include your significant other, friends, and relatives. Think about how you affect each

other and what you can do to make each relationship more meaningful.

3. Choose to change habits.

Perhaps you want to be more positive, exercise more, or give up junk food. Do you need

help or can you do this on your own? It may be easier to make changes with support from

others.

4. Clean and organize.

Clear out the old and bring in the new. Take a look at your possessions and give away or

recycle anything that doesn’t serve a good purpose. You may be surprised at how much

lighter and happier you feel when you’ve cleaned and freshened up each area of your

home.

5. Get active.

Schedule more exercise into your day to improve your health and reduce stress. Walk

around your neighborhood, try a yoga class, go dancing, or ride your bike someplace

new.

6. Make positive choices.

Think about what you take in every day with your eyes, ears, and heart. Consider the

things that make you feel your best such as beautiful music, energetic friends, and

inspirational art. Consider taking a break from TV, news, violent movies, and stressful

people.

7. Feel your best.

Assess your emotional well­being. Take an honest look at your moods and emotions.

Find the cause of the disharmony, and make a conscious choice to change. Many factors,

from diet and digestive health to learned behavior, can have an influence on mood and

energy level.

8. Try a Detox Program.

You may want to try a 1­3 week detox program during the spring. Choose a program that

works for you whether it’s a juice cleansing, fasting, cutting out dairy or refined sugars, or

a more in­depth detox diet. Talk to me, I may be able to give you helpful information about

how to approach the detoxification process.

9. Consider nutritional supplements.

You might find supplements helpful for boosting your immunity and overall health.

Consider taking an age and gender appropriate multivitamin and mineral daily, as well as

additional antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E. Also remember to drink plenty of water

and green tea.

10. Commit to a plan.

Consider what you want out of life, from your health, habits and relationships to your

career and work. Create a plan to achieve these goals. Most importantly, remember to be

nurturing and kind to yourself as you commit to making positive changes in your life.

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