It’s spring, a time for renewal. As the days get longer, many people start spring cleaning to refresh their homes. Have you ever considered “spring cleaning” your body? Spring is the perfect time to rejuvenate our bodies. Here are five simple things you can do.
- Breathe. Did you know proper deep breathing could lower your heart rate and blood pressure, increase blood oxygen levels, promote clearer thinking, increase metabolism, relieve stress and improve circulation? Frequently stop for a moment and focus on your breathing. Inhale slowly through your nose as much as possible, expanding your rib cage with your breaths. Exhale slowly, as well.
- Move. The health benefits of physical activity are hard to ignore. It’s not necessary to spend hours at the gym to reap the benefits of exercise. In fact, there are myriad activities you can do to burn calories. For example, take a walk, vacuum, rake or mow the lawn. The options are almost endless.
- Eat Clean. Eliminating processed foods plays a huge part in clean eating. Embrace whole foods like vegetables, fruits, grains and proteins. Limit your sugar and salt intake. Pay attention to your portion sizes. Remember to drink water, and try not to eat anything after 8 p.m.
- Show Gratitude. In addition to physically taking care of our bodies, it’s important to stay psychologically strong, too. One way to accomplish this is by showing gratitude. People who are grateful tend to be happier, healthier and more fulfilled. Being grateful can help people cope with stress, and it also may have a beneficial effect on your health.
- Think Positive. Our emotions tend to affect our long-term well-being. Research shows that experiencing positive emotions at a 3-to-1 ratio with negative ones leads to a tipping point beyond which we naturally become more resilient to adversity. Take time to notice the good things in your life.