Mar 21 2021

Get ready for a good Spring Cleaning

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Get ready for a good spring cleaning

Spring is the perfect time to clean out all the things that are bringing you down or making you unhealthy and start anew.  

Spring is almost here…and you know what that means. Spring cleaning! I know what you are picturing… brooms and mops, dust everywhere, boxes full of unwanted items. While this is just part of it, think of it in broader terms. Many of us could use a good cleansing of things, ideas, thoughts, and moods after the year we have just been through! It’s time for a fresh start!

Spring cleaning is not just a time to clean out the clutter in your home; it is a time to clean out the clutter in your life and your mind. It is a time to examine, expunge, expel, extricate, extract and finally exhale. It’s the time to find the exit for those unnecessary items, people, burdens, thoughts, and habits that take up real estate in your home and your mind. It will make you feel so much better once you do.*

While you can go through your house room by room to clear out unnecessary items and live a more minimalist lifestyle, there are a few additional areas I’d like to encourage you to “spring clean”. Let’s break these down into physical, mental, emotional, and health.

The Physical Spring Cleaning

First, there is something very satisfying about going room to room and ridding each living space of stuff you no longer use, need, or enjoy. While this can be difficult for a number of reasons, once you do it you will feel a weight lifted. Mind you, this can be difficult for a number of reasons: We have trouble discarding things because we think “I might use it someday”, “I should keep it just in case I need it”, “It was expensive”, “It was a gift”, “It is a family heirloom” All of these are reasons that people hold on to things that are taking up space in their homes. Remind yourself that the money is already spent and if you don’t need or want it, you are under no obligation to hold on to it. Holding on to the item won’t get your money back, and if the item isn’t adding value to your life, it shouldn’t stay in your home. While family heirlooms are precious, it is your home to decorate how you wish. And lastly, you can’t take it with you…so let it go and let go of the burden, guilt, clutter, and stress it adds to your life. You can donate to a good charity and know that you are helping others with the items you are choosing to let go1*

The reward of having a clean, minimalistic space is worth it. It frees you of the feeling of needing to organize all your stuff. Organizing things you no longer need doesn’t really help. It just means you now have stacks and bins of stuff you don’t need as opposed to just piles and drawers stuffed with things you don’t need.*

The Mental Spring Cleaning

What are you holding on to that makes you feel unhappy, guilty, stressed, or burdened? Maybe it is time to clean out those thoughts, throw them in the garbage bin where they belong, and give yourself permission to move on. So many of us tend to hold on to old feelings, old pain, old ideas, biases, resentments, and habits that dominate our thoughts and our moods. Maybe this spring we all do a collective exhale and tell ourselves we are throwing those out with the rest of our unneeded stuff. Perhaps it’s time to be free from those cluttering thoughts and feelings that just weigh us down. Don’t we deserve to de-clutter our minds? If it means seeking a counselor of some sort to help you let go, now is the time to do it!*

The Emotional Spring Cleaning

Are you staying in a job or a relationship that leaves you feeling sad or empty? Are you sticking with a friend or group of friends who don’t support you or allow you to be yourself? Are you living somewhere you just don’t like? Maybe it is time to make a shift and find new experiences, people, and opportunities that fulfill your soul and your heart in a space or area that thrills you. Surrounding yourself with happy, positive people will make your life more fulfilling, creative, exciting, and hopeful. If you are in a job you no longer like, start creating a plan for the future that will take you to a position that suits you and your personality. I know it is not always that simple but one thing leads to another so take that first step to put you where you want to be.*

The Health Spring Cleaning

While you’re at it, let’s clean out the pantry, refrigerator, and our bodies. Get rid of all the food items that don’t bring benefits to your body and your immune system. It’s easy to collect cereals, snacks, drinks and other items that are full of sugar, preservatives, and artificial ingredients and have them sitting there just ready to grab during a moment of weakness. Of course, I don’t expect you to throw away everything in your pantry and refrigerator that isn’t healthy, but you get the picture. Separate the food into two categories…the healthy ones and the junk. Then take a good look at what is really in your pantry and fridge and what is going into your body. Sometimes we think we are eating well,, but when we are super honest with ourselves, we could do better. I always think of the 80/20 rule. Try to make sure that at least 80% or more of what you put in your body is good for you!!*

Lastly, spring clean the gut! Consider doing a detox or try fasting and then replenish your gut with just gut-healthy foods.  Drink lots of water, one of the purest and easiest ways to cleanse the body. Consider a juice cleanse (avoiding sweet juices of course). Use Body Biotics™ Aloe PURE™ as a gentle cleanse. Wait to take Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical Probiotics Consortia™ while you are using the Aloe PURE™ then reintroduce your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical Probiotics Consortia™ as you reintroduce gut-friendly foods to your diet. You will feel great! *

2020 was hard on us. 2021 hasn’t been much better for a lot of people, especially those living in the south who endured the extreme weather conditions combined with lack of electricity and broken water pipes. It seems as if there was ever a great time for doing some cathartic cleansing and reassessing of our lives, now is the time. Spring clean for your mind, body, and soul.  Celebrate it! *

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

Resources:

  1. https://simplelionheartlife.com/struggle-to-declutter/
  2. https://elemental.medium.com/the-psychological-concepts-that-make-you-better-at-breaking-bad-habits-9b9b1a8227e9

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