In nature, Spring is a time of renewal. The grass is green again after winter, and flowers start blooming. Let all that beauty inspire you to get after your health goals this year. Because your home isn’t the only thing that needs a seasonal tune-up—your body and mind do as well. You don’t have to go on a super strict diet or commit to some crazy strength training program. Spring cleaning your health is all about making some small but impactful tweaks to your daily habits.
Ways to Spring Clean Your Health
1. Cut back on your caffeine intake.
Find yourself always craving coffee to combat that midafternoon slump at work? Well, caffeine isn’t the worst thing, as long as you're keeping it under four cups of joe a day. Anything more than that — and soda, tea, and energy drinks count, too — is overkill and could cause issues. People’s sensitivity to caffeine runs the gamut, but your java habit could be setting you up for headaches, insomnia, nervousness, irritability, restlessness, and muscle tremors among other things. Scale back now to avoid these and other potential side effects.
2. Get more sleep.
You have a million things to do, and it can be tough for you to get to sleep at a decent hour. Problem is sleep is the foundation for our daily habits and decisions. So when you’re sleep deprived, that can have a negative impact on your mood and your level of focus. Do whatever you have to do — cutting back on television or other screen time, showering in the morning as opposed to night — to make sure you catch zzz’s for at least seven hours a night. This will set you up for success all Spring long.
3. Declutter your home.
Research now suggests that getting rid of excess clutter can impact your well-being as much as it does your physical surroundings. Specifically, when you have fewer things, you’re less likely to be stressed out and distracted. We could all use one fewer source of stress, so make a point to clean out your closet this season or even your kitchen or garage. Focus on hot spots in your home where things tend to pile up. Get rid of duplicates, anything broken, and stuff you haven’t used in a while. Start small, setting aside 10 to 20 minutes a day to pare down. Or tackle a whole room or project over a long weekend. You’ll be happy you did when you can find what you’re looking for easily and don’t feel overwhelmed by your belongings.
4. Move more.
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity a week or some combination of both. How well are you measuring up? If you’re not where you want to be, don’t feel like you have to become a marathon runner overnight. Maybe dancing is your thing, or perhaps hiking is more your speed. Find an activity you like, start slow and space out workouts throughout the week. Be sure to consult a doctor before starting a new exercise routine, especially if you haven't exercised for a long time or have pre-existing health conditions. Up your physical activity, and in the long run, you’ll feel better and have more energy.
5. Smoke less.
While we all know that smoking weakens the immune system, it can be tough to break free of a nicotine habit, and just starting this journey is a step in the right direction. Nicorette gum provides a bold flavor and intense craving relief1 to help you quit. You 100 percent can make quitting cigarettes happen, especially when you utilize the support of friends, family, and specialized products designed to help.
Tackle these suggestions one by one, and you’ll be that much closer to spring cleaning your health. And without a doubt, your body and mind will thank you for it!
1Craving relief associated with quitting smoking. Individual results vary.