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Monday, 26 April 2021 20:26

Spring Cleaning Your Life

Spring cleaning isn't just for the home and physical space we occupy. You can also take that same idea and bring it into your entire life -- your mental space, your energy, your thoughts, and more. Infusing the exciting rebirth of spring into all areas of your life leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated for the new season. Here are a few practical ways you can do this. 
1. Start with the physical realm
To give your mental space a little spring cleaning, you need your surroundings to feel clean and fresh again. Clearing away the clutter surrounding you will give your mind a big sigh of relief. It's incredible how much mental space our surroundings occupy. Remove things you don't like, repair anything broken, and add something fresh like some new houseplants or flowers to refresh your spirit.
2. Enjoy the outdoors
As we've been cooped up inside throughout the colder months, the warmer weather is a welcome change. Take advantage of the sunshine and spend some time outdoors. Go explore a hiking trail in your area, go for a walk by the river, or enjoy an audiobook as you spend some time walking at your favorite local park.  
3. Clear your mind of negative energy
Spring is the perfect time to give your energy a refresh, as well. Evaluate what's been consuming your thoughts, and find any negative recurring thoughts that you can be mindful of working on this season. It can take some time, but actively working to flip negative thoughts into positive ones is time well spent. This isn't to say positivity is the only way -- feelings are valid and shouldn't be suppressed. But we can easily flip many recurring thoughts we have daily to a sunnier perspective.   
4. Make a spring soundtrack
Music is therapeutic. Find a soundtrack for your spring season and enjoy some uplifting tunes. You can find many stations on Spotify or Pandora that will fit the bill. Throw your station on next time you're cleaning the house and notice what a difference it makes.  
5. Clean your airspace 
Even after doing a physical cleaning, cleaning the air inside your home is essential as well. Open the windows and let the breeze flow through your space. Doing this as often as possible is great, but you can also set it on a schedule to make sure it's done regularly. For example, you can plan to open your windows every weekend to air your living space out. Bringing in some air-purifying houseplants will help with cleaning your airspace when your windows aren't open, as well. 
6. Recommit to your healthy routine
Don't let a few slips from the winter hold you back. Recommit to your healthy habits this season by making sure you focus on eating whole foods, moving your body, and getting the sleep you need. Be in tune with your needs by making time for friends and learning new things for your best mental health. 
7. Try something new
Bring in the new by shaking things up and trying something you've always wanted to try. If there are any hobbies you've been interested in, go for it. Any places that have been on your list for years? Take a long drive and finally go visit one. While you're on that long drive, listen to some books you've meant to read. There's so much to explore and experience.
Published in Deanna's Blog
If your car isn't already covered in a layer of pollen, it's only a matter of time.  Spring is here, along with the sneezing and watery eyes that accompany it. It's a small price to pay for warmer weather and gorgeous blooms everywhere -- but it can still be quite the annoyance if you don't keep your allergy symptoms under control. 
Thankfully, there are natural ways to ease your spring allergies that are simple to find and can bring you the relief you seek.
- Try apple cider vinegar
It's a remedy as old as time, one that really works. Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother can assist with a host of issues, and by helping to lower inflammation in the body, it can help to quell some spring allergy symptoms that are nagging at you. 
- Make nettle leaf tea
As a natural antihistamine, nettle leaf is quite effective in blocking your histamine production. You can mix it with other herbs, like peppermint leaf, for added benefits. Take a stroll down the tea aisle next time you visit your supermarket and find a nettle leaf tea to try out.
- Restore the good bacteria in your gut
The gut has been shown to have a link to your immunity. Allergies often come about when there's a lack of balance in your gut microbiome. It could be that your good gut bacteria population is dwindling and needs a boost. Choose probiotic-rich foods such as high-quality yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, or drink kefir or kombucha daily to get your probiotics on and restore order in your gut.  Aside from eating probiotic-rich foods, find a high-quality probiotic supplement that can help you restore your microbiome. 
- Use local honey
When you buy honey that is made locally, the bees are taking pollen from the native plants in your area. That means your body starts adapting to those same allergens that have you sneeze when you see that thick blanket of pollen on your car. Make sure the honey is raw and unprocessed. You'll find local stuff at your farmer's market or health food store. Take a teaspoon of it twice a day, ideally a month before allergy season getting into full swing.
- Seek out anti-inflammatory foods
Often, the answer lies in the foods we eat. Put more fresh herbs and spices into your meals, like ginger, for example, and you'll help soothe inflammation before it has you sneezing. Green tea is another effective option, plus it gives you plenty of antioxidants which boost your health all around.
With these natural ways to ease spring allergies, you'll hopefully be able to stop and smell the roses more often.  Do you generally struggle with spring allergies?  If so, what do you typically due to kick your symptoms? Send me an email and let me know. I'd love to hear what works for you!