Friday, April 20, 2018

Spring Clean Your Mind, Body and Office

By Robin Thomas

Clear Your Mind, Boost Your Mood

Pay attention to your self-talk. Tired of winter dragging on, it can be easy to let negative thoughts slowly creep in and begin to cause feelings of self-doubt, guilt, and overall feeling down or defeated. The good news is you have the power to shift your thoughts into being more positive by simply paying attention.

Notice when you hear those negative voices and have a mantra or affirmation that can turn it around. It's not worth your time or energy to put up with those negative thoughts.

Put pen to paper. Get started writing in a journal, letting the thoughts just flow. Write down daily affirmations or mantras that help you shift your perspective into a more positive and productive outlook.

Protect your energy. It's important to pay attention to and protect your energy. What activities or even people drain your energy levels, making you feeling tired or exhausted? And conversely, what activities or people increase your energy in a positive way?

See if you can note those things that drain you and then avoid or change them in any way as to protect your energy levels throughout each day. This will have you feeling better than ever without much effort. 

Take Care of Your Body

Try to drink 100 oz of water per day. Water is one of the best and fastest ways to begin to help your body flush toxins. Try 100 oz of clean water for 5 days and you will notice a significant difference in your energy, mental clarity, and skin.

Move your body. Sweating is another excellent way to rid your body of toxins. Moving your body is important to keep your blood flowing to all vital organs, delivery nutrients and oxygen along the way. Sweat is one of your body's natural ways of cleansing toxins from organs and cleaning your skin.

Add in good, to crowd out the bad. When talking about food, one of the best ways to approach cleaning up your diet, is to put your focus and efforts into adding in more good foods in order to crowd out the bad. When you fill up first with your fruits and veggies, your body will [over time] naturally stop craving the not-so-good foods.

Not by accident, all of these areas [mind, space, body] affect the other. When you work on improving one, it positively impacts the others. 

Clean Your Office Space

Clear the physical clutter. When there is a lot of clutter laying around your desk, it's  actually more difficult to think clearly. It's important to have a space that is clear and dedicated to working. It’s time to file away those loose papers, or shred them, if you can.

Time to organize. Everything in your office should have an appropriate place to be stored. If you find that you feel out of control and overwhelmed by your desk or environment, now is the time to do something about it. Choose 1 drawer or area to organize and clean out each day. This will help you do some spring cleaning and keep you motivated as you compartmentalize the bigger task.

Clean the air with house plants. Will your office allow house plants? Rarely are you able to opening up your windows to air-out the office of stale air and toxins built up over the winter. However, house plants can really help, too. Spider plants are known to be excellent air-fresheners.

Robin is the founder of Living Well Connections, a community of supportive people who are passionate about improving their health and the health of their families.

Her background in medical research on inflammation and 13 years with USANA Health Sciences has given her a unique insight on helping individuals find the best solutions to support their own health needs. Follow: LinkedIn | Twitter

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