Spring has a certain “air” about it that energizes people with sweet smelling buds on the trees, warmer temperatures, and a sense that everything is new again. Similar to the New Year, spring also seems to mark a new beginning as a time to start new, set goals, leave old ways (or dirt) behind, go from that comfy couch to 5k and get ready to fit into those summer clothes again.
We’ve all heard of or participated in “spring cleaning.” Raking up the remaining leaves you thought were all raked in the fall (where do they keep coming from?), pulling out the refrigerator to vacuum behind it, washing the windows and propping them wide open to let the stale winter air out. When all is done, everything feels fresh, brighter even and, if you’re like me, you feel happy and relaxed.
Macmillandictionary.com defines spring cleaning as “To clean a house completely, especially at the end of winter.” I like how this definition says “especially” at the end of winter. During the winter, some things seem to go to the wayside and may become a little stagnant, requiring our extra attention in the spring to get back up to par. The same can be said about our overall wellness – the physical, emotional, social, environmental, spiritual, financial, occupational, and intellectual. Sometimes we let things slide, saying we’ll get to it tomorrow, and don’t do the things we should to make sure we are healthy in all areas. Spring cleaning doesn’t just have to be for your house, it can be for your whole self. Give yourself a spring cleaning this season! Check out the infographic for some ideas to help you get you started.
What will you add to your “spring cleaning” list? Share your ideas with us and other readers in the comments section of the social media post.
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About the author:
Stephanie Pichan is the Health and Wellness Coordinator at Whitaker LaChance Agency in Portage, Michigan. She’s a graduate of the Community Health Education program at Western Michigan University where she worked on an innovative team for 10 years developing health technology behavior-change interventions. She has a specific interest in the area of holistic health and believes in the healing power of food and its role in disease prevention. Although she strives to get at least 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, she believes it’s important to indulge from time to time; ice cream is usually the winner. Whether through work, volunteering, or every day connections, she’s passionate about helping others live their best life possible. Stephanie is developing the health and wellness area at Whitaker LaChance and using her creativity to contribute to the vision of the marketing team. She’s excited to be an integral part of helping the agency grow and expand.