Spring is just around the corner, and it is the time when we decide that it is high time to clear out the clutter, both physical and mental. When the weather is terrible, it is so easy to simply allow things to pile up, literally. We cocoon, we surround ourselves with creature comforts, and we put off doing the things that we know will help in the long run until things start to look a bit brighter. Given how chaotic the holiday season ended up being, it is perfectly understandable that so many of us tried to hibernate through the start of the year as much as we could. But spring is coming, and spring cleaning the way you go about your day will be just the thing you need to feel better and more energized.
But as anyone who has ever stared down their list of New Year’s Resolutions after the first week of January knows, it is one thing to say to yourself that you want to do things better this year. It is quite another to put those good intentions into action. That is why we have put together a list of simple things that you can do to give yourself a fresh start this spring.
Get Outside More
Without wanting to sound like the parent of a moody teenager, there are so many good reasons for stepping outside into the fresh air. Now, during the winter this does not always seem like the most appealing prospect, but with the warmer weather on the way and brighter days ahead, you really need to start thinking about getting out there. Doctors will tell you that fresh air and exercise are absolutely crucial when it comes to good physical and mental health. Which brings us to our next point.
Try To Get Into An Exercise Routine
Speaking of exercise, here is something that we all can use a little help with from time to time. Getting into better shape is on most of our list of resolutions, but it can also be one of the hardest promises to ourselves to keep. Many of us set ourselves unrealistic goals and then we beat ourselves up when we fail to meet them.
One of the best ways to make sure that you are getting into better shape and getting exercise on a regular basis is to create a routine that you can stick to. Do not tell yourself that you can do several hours a day. Look at how much time you have free and what exercise you can do in that time. Once you get into a habit, you will start to notice results.
Sort Out Your Home Office
For many of us, our home office is on a list of things that we will sort out when we get around to it. If you have just started working from home, then you may be tempted to grab a chair from the dining room and start working wherever looks most inviting. Anyone who has been working remotely for longer will tell you that this is a big mistake. The time and money that you invest in setting up a home office that helps you to stay productive, happy, and healthy will pay off in a big way. If you are not careful, you can find yourself starting to suffer from neck cramps, shoulder pain, and serious back issues.
This is where ergonomic office furniture comes in. You need to be thinking about the impact that the way you work has on everything from your neck and shoulders to your legs and feet. Ergonomic office furniture can be tailored to your height and size to ensure that you are looking after your body while you work. Branch Furniture’s guide to ergonomics breaks down exactly what you need to be thinking about, and they have an incredible range of office furniture to suit your needs.
Look At Your Diet
One of the most popular resolutions along with getting into better shape is to start making changes to what we are eating and drinking. The holiday season may seem like a lifetime ago now, but when the weather is bad it’s all too easy to rely on sugary treats, caffeinated drinks, and alcohol at the end of the day.
There’s nothing wrong with the occasional treat, but an overreliance on these will leave you feeling sluggish, and they can have a real impact on your sleep patterns. Think about cutting down on the amount of caffeine you are drinking by starting to switch to decaf options (cutting down is better than going cold turkey, generally). Alcohol has been a big issue during the last two years but with prices rising, maybe this is a great time to cut down? What’s more, anyone who did Dry January knows that cutting it out can improve your mood, your weight, and your sleep.