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Spring into Summer! Four Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

 
 
 
 
 

Spring is usually a time when we do a major clear out of all that we’ve accumulated throughout the year to start afresh before the longer, sunnier days kick in. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be confined to the walls of your home, however. This season, why not extend spring cleaning to the rest of your life? We’ve compiled a few suggestions on how to detox your mind, clear mental clutter and organise your schedule before the hectic silly season kicks in.

Detox

Although the idea of detoxing outside of a purely medical context isn’t particularly scientific (detoxification is something you do every day – it’s why we have livers), it’s a term we’re quite familiar with. Consider it to mean a health-kick where restraint, rather than indulgence, is the order of the day. With swimsuit season just around the corner, a health-kick can be an ideal way to lose those few kilograms that may have accumulated over winter.  Spring is also a great time to refocus before the holiday season, when barbeques and Christmas parties tend to fill our schedule.

First, identify what food or drinks you would like to cut back on. Perhaps you’ve overindulged on chocolate or alcohol (or a combination of the two!). Secondly, set a goal; most people pull back for a month (initiatives such as Ocsober and Dry July are good examples).

Make sure you’re replacing the food or drink you’re cutting out with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and water. Aim for at least 2 serves of fruit, 5 serves of vegetables and a sensible amount of water each day, with not too much of everything else. It’s basically just paying attention to all the best advice that everyone (sensible) can agree upon.

If it all gets too hard, remember that the detox doesn’t have to be forever. In just a month, you may be able to feel the effects of your hard work – in addition to helping shift those extra kilos, proper diet and exercise can increase energy levels, lower stress and limit disease.

Move

While you’re health-kicking, combining your efforts with exercise can also be extremely beneficial, especially if you’re trying to de-stress or lose extra weight before the craziness of Christmas hits.  Spring often means that the sun is out for longer and the weather is warmer, which can be a great excuse to start hitting the pavement. If you’re strapped for time, incorporate incidental exercise into your schedule.

You could walk to the train station before and after work, commute by bike or use your breaks to walk around instead of sitting at your desk. Escaping the computer for just half an hour can make a tremendous impact on your health and wellbeing. Making a commitment to exercise for at least 30 minutes per day can improve mood, decrease stress levels and can help you sleep better.

Organise your mind

Is your ‘to-do’ list at work overwhelming you? It’s easy to forget about the importance of keeping your schedule organised. In no time, your list can spiral out of control; you may put in extra hours to catch up with outstanding paperwork, or cancel social events with friends or family to catch up on those niggling tasks you just haven’t had the chance to get to in weeks. Sound familiar? If it does, now’s the time to declutter your schedule!

Write down what you aim to achieve over your working week. Perhaps you want to go home on time each night or stop looking at your emails when you’re home. Note these aims and have these in the back of your mind when working out your plan. At the start of your working week, plan ahead for the next five days, prioritising due dates and upcoming meetings. This plan will of course change, but remind yourself to be vigilant with your schedule – sit down for at least 10 minutes in the morning each day to list how many tasks you will be doing between your assigned working hours.

Incorporate downtime into your schedule too. Setting aside time for your friends, family and personal hobbies can give you something to look forward to at the end of your day. Like your work, your assigned personal time is important too; one study found that employees who took time off lowered their risk of coronary heart disease – a condition that is regularly linked to high stress. Make it a priority to stick to your schedule, for both work and personal time.

If it all gets too hard, remember that the detox doesn’t have to be forever. In just a month, you may be able to feel the effects of your hard work – in addition to helping shift those extra kilos, proper diet and exercise can increase energy levels, lower stress and limit disease.

Move

While you’re health-kicking, combining your efforts with exercise can also be extremely beneficial, especially if you’re trying to de-stress or lose extra weight before the craziness of Christmas hits.  Spring often means that the sun is out for longer and the weather is warmer, which can be a great excuse to start hitting the pavement. If you’re strapped for time, incorporate incidental exercise into your schedule.

You could walk to the train station before and after work, commute by bike or use your breaks to walk around instead of sitting at your desk. Escaping the computer for just half an hour can make a tremendous impact on your health and wellbeing. Making a commitment to exercise for at least 30 minutes per day can improve mood, decrease stress levels and can help you sleep better.

Take control of your finances

How long has it been since you’ve looked at your bank or credit card statements? If you are like the majority of us and consign bank statements to the recycling bin, now is the time to have a look to see if there’s anything you can cut down on before your much-needed summer holiday. Looking at your finances may be scary to look at initially, but keeping track of your money is key to living stress-free.

Try to make a list of unnecessary and necessary expenses according to your statements. What are you regularly splurging on? A café-bought lunch? A daily soy latte? All these add up exponentially over time, so try to cut these out of your routine – try to make time before work to pack a lunch or drink instant coffee. All these tricks will ensure a little extra cash for your beach break.

In addition, take a look at your energy bills. Are you paying too much? Look at any unnecessary energy uses – maybe you’ve been accustomed to taking longer showers over winter or using your dryer regularly – these can add exorbitant amounts to your electricity and gas bills. Our All Seasons Guide to Saving Money On Your Energy Costs can help you with cutting down your energy use. By implementing the changes suggested in the guide, you’ll be on your way to cheaper energy bills.

It’s never a bad time to think about your future needs, and the needs of your family, and that means putting up safeguards in place to secure the family finances. Consider seeing a financial planner or accountant about the best way to make your money work for you. You may decide on term deposits, an investment property or a Trust for your family. A good adviser will always suggest that you compare life insurance policies in case you or your partner faces the unthinkable, just as they will explore the suitability of income protection and additional superannuation contributions.

The Final Word

Remember, change won’t happen overnight, but stick to these suggestions and over time you’ll notice a difference. By summer, you should be happier, healthier, and ready to enjoy the holiday season. Happy spring!

Spring cleaning isn’t just for the home!
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