We scrub our baseboards and clear out cluttered closets, but when was the last time you gave yourself a proverbial deep cleaning? We’re not talking about hygiene, but rather the therapeutic benefits of self-care. To help you feel centered and well-rested—not to mention looking radiant—here are some clinically-endorsed “spring cleaning” tips:
Put one indulgence at the top of your To-Do List today.
It’s not a mystery why our holiday gift certificates for pedis are still buried in the back of a drawer somewhere. Life is crazy, so we put our indulgences on the backburner for a better time, which never seems to arise. Life will always be busy, so it’s up to you to prioritize “you” time. This means scheduling that long-overdue facial you’ve been craving, or fitting in a pedicure on your lunch hour.
Next, banish the word “indulgence” from your vocabulary.
What exactly are “indulgences?” They are activities that give us joy, which we unceremoniously relegate to the bottom of our priority list. Here’s the rub. These so-called indulgences have been clinically proven to deliver loads of psychological and physiological benefits, from reducing stress to boosting cardiovascular health. So when you really think about it, indulgences are actual healthy endeavors! The next time you find yourself putting off that indulgence, remind yourself that what you are really postponing is your health.
Last, but certainly not least—simplify.
An uncomplicated life is a joyful life, according to the happiness experts. Here’s one way to uncomplicate things: declutter your work space. According to research, orderly environments can dramatically increase your sense of serenity and boost your mood.