On January 1st people make all sorts of resolutions.  It’s a new year and it seems like a great time to make a change.  But is it really?  January is cold with winter just getting into full swing in Canada. It may not be the most opportune time for change.

Fast forward to March - It didn’t start out all that great (at least in the weather department), but now spring has officially sprung.  And spring is wonderful.  Plants spring to life.  Baby birdies chirp from their nests. The grass starts to turn green.  Spring is full of hope and life.

With spring comes spring cleaning.  We clear the clutter from our homes and yards.  Out with the old and in with the new. It’s also the perfect time to do some more meaningful cleaning. It’s so much easier to look at your life with optimism when the sun is shining. The great thing about spring cleaning is that while you are taking time tidying the “material” things, you can also set yourself up for an overhaul.

You cleaned out the cupboards and the fridge – Awesome, this is the perfect time to kick start your plans to eat better. Those gleaming shelves are calling out to be stocked with healthy food.  You can see the bottom of your freezer now?  Great!  Get cooking and fill it with premade healthy meals for you and your family. Save yourself the time and stress of trying to figure out what’s for dinner every day!

Gardening is good for you in so many ways!  Obviously growing healthy veggies at home is great for you. They are fresh, nutritious, and best of all, convenient. Even if you don’t have the space or inclination to grow vegetables, gardening on any level is good for your health.  From the actual physical exercise you get from preparing and maintaining a garden to the sense of accomplishment that comes from growing something, gardening is a wonderful activity. It’s a great stress reliever and can turn into a fun family activity.

Spring Cleaning Your Garden

Is it time to spring clean your contacts? No, not the ones you stick in your eyes. We all have people in our lives that aren’t impacting us in a positive way.  Spring is a great time to clean up those relationships.  It might mean working harder on some relationships or worrying less about others. Think about the relationships you have that are causing you stress. Be honest with yourself here.  I’m not suggesting you need to get out a red pen and strike people out.  But it might help to think about how you can improve the ones that matter to you.

Get a clean bill of health – Make an appointment for a check up.  Go see your dentist.  Get your eyes checked. Keep that spring feeling going with the thumbs up from your health professionals.

Freshen your look – Spring is a great time for a makeover.  It doesn’t have to be anything drastic, even a small change can make you feel great! Try a new hair style or color.  A new shade of lipstick.  A hot pair of shoes. It’s amazing how much even one small change can affect how you feel.  Give it a try!

Clean up your play list – Do you listen to the same music most of the time?  We all have our favorites, the ones we know all the words too and belt out in the shower. How about putting a little spring in your step with some new tunes?

Clean up your finances – Now don’t clean out your bank account, but rather look at where you are at financially and where you’d like to be.  Set some goals and work out a plan to achieve them. 

Clean your calendar - We are all busy.  Life can be demanding. Juggling work, family, and other commitments can be overwhelming.  Sitting down and scheduling in some firm me and/or family time is important. You’ve still got nine months on that calendar, plenty of time to make pick some dates to do something or, sometimes even better, do nothing!

Whatever your spring cleaning priorities are I hope that you have the opportunity to really take in the season.  To breathe that fresh air and feel renewed both psychically and mentally!

 

Author: Shayna Murray

Blog: Mommy Outside the Box

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