Spring Clean Your Health Space

Published on: 04/25/2024
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Spring cleaning isn’t just for your house; it’s also about refreshing and decluttering your health routine. Our health space can often feel cluttered and overwhelming, but taking the time to clear it out can bring much-needed clarity and ease. 🙌

So why should we bother? Because when our minds and bodies have space to breathe, we can think more clearly and tackle tasks without feeling stressed (#relatable?!). Plus, a decluttered space often provides a sense of calm, leading to more smiles😀! Let’s dive into how to refresh your health space, from your head to your toes. Simple, but powerful, if you take the time to do it. 

Headspace:

  • A healthy mindset toward meal planning is key to reaching your nutritional goals and maintaining a healthy relationship with food.
    • Stay Positive. Focus on adding nutritious foods to your meals rather than fixating on what to eliminate. Ask yourself, “What can I add?” Incorporating more proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your meals and snacks will leave you feeling more empowered (Yes, I can f’ing do this!).
    • Practice Self-Compassion. Remember, nobody is perfect. If your meal planning doesn’t go as planned one day, don’t dwell on it. Focus on getting back on track at your next meal and celebrate your efforts.
    • Be Flexible. Always have a backup plan on tap. Life can be unpredictable, so having a Plan B can save you from resorting to unhealthy food options. For instance, if you planned to pack yourself lunch but ran out of time in the morning, grab a yogurt, a protein bar, and a piece of fruit. It beats the fast food option or cafeteria grab you may have reached for. Bonus step: Write yourself a note to pack lunch after dinner instead of planning to do it in the morning. 

Stomach space:

  • Clear out those foods that do not serve you anymore.
    • Take a self-guided tour of your pantry and refrigerator and remove any foods that no longer align with your health goals. Check food labels for hidden sugars and serving sizes you may have missed ;), and don’t be swayed by claims on the packaging.
    • Embrace seasonal produce. Now you have room to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season. This a fun chart to see what you would like best! Not only are they more flavorful, but they also tend to be more affordable. Explore different options and try new recipes to incorporate seasonal produce into your meals.
    • Cook more meals at home. Whether you are cooking for 1 or 2 or 5 or more, cooking at home is hands down a more nutritionally sound approach than eating out. Whatever your number of ordering in/picking up/dining out weekly meals may be, aim to prepare at least one more meal at home each week, gradually increasing your home-cooked meals over time.

Foot Space (or your toes🙂):

  • Update your workout wardrobe – from your clothes to your shoes.
    • Take some time to go through your workout clothes (including your favorite shirt that smells – is it me, or is it my shirt??😆). Donate or discard any items that you no longer wear or find uninspiring. Choose pieces that make you feel confident and comfortable when you’re getting ready to exercise.
    • Invest in New Shoes: Running shoes are essential for a successful workout but they don’t last forever. If you’ve had your current pair for more than six months, have logged a significant number of miles in them, or notice they are starting to break down, it’s time to invest in some new kicks. Proper footwear can prevent injuries and provide better support during your workouts.
    • Don’t Forget About Socks: Socks are underrated. They could make or break your workout routine!  Look for socks that fit well, provide adequate cushioning, and wick away moisture to prevent blisters and discomfort. Experiment with different brands and styles until you find the ones that work best for you.

In the journey to spring clean your health space, it’s easy to feel like you’ve been down this road before. But don’t throw in the towel just yet (unless it is an old one that needs to go😉)! Remember, I’m here to support you every step of the way. It’s not always easy, and we might stumble along the path, but together, we’ll keep pushing forward because your well-being and your smiles😃 are worth the effort.

REFERENCES:

  1. Homan KJ, Sirois FM. Self-compassion and physical health: Exploring the roles of perceived stress and health-promoting behaviors. Health Psychol Open. 2017 Sep 14;4(2):2055102917729542. doi: 10.1177/2055102917729542. PMID: 29379620; PMCID: PMC5779931.
  2. https://newsroom.clevelandclinic.org/2024/03/18/spring-cleaning-for-your-mental-health
  3. https://www.doctorsofrunning.com/2023/06/monday-shakeout-how-long-do-running.html

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