Spring Cleaning for a Healthy You

Spring cleaning is not only good for your home, it’s good for your body, mind and soul. As spring begins to appear, take this opportunity to clean out in ways to benefit you physically, mentally and emotionally.

A Trip to the Dentist

Your teeth can indicate just how healthy you are. Tooth decay can lead to more serious, long-term health issues, such as gum disease and even heart troubles. If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen a dentist, make an appointment to get a dental exam, x-rays and a cleaning.

“An exam and x-rays will help us to identify any potential problems,” states Dr. Barber, a dentist in Vancouver, WA. “If they aren’t taken care of now, what were once little problems can become large, painful, and expensive.”

Once you’ve visited the dentist during this period of spring cleaning, make and keep an appointment with your dental professional every six months to maintain a healthy mouth.

File and Recycle

If you’re anything like me, your life is full of piles of papers. Clearing out this physical clutter will help clear out the mind as well. File important papers appropriately and shred those that you no longer need. Recycle the shredded leftovers to keep them out of local landfills.

Physical files in your home office aren’t the only ones that need to be maintained. Think about what would happen if your computer suddenly stopped working. Grab a USB memory stick or a portable hard drive and back up the files on your computer. That way, you know that your information is retrievable even if your computer unexpectedly fizzles.

Check On Your Health

Your body may need a bit of a tune-up during this spring cleaning process. Make an appointment with your doctor for a physical, especially if it’s been awhile. Request a blood panel to check on your cholesterol, thyroid and blood sugar levels. Talk with your doctor about any health concerns or questions you may have while you’re there.

Reduce and Reuse

Closets can become crammed with stuff that we no longer use. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to take inventory of your possessions. Look ahead to warmer spring and summer months and decide if you want to hold a garage sale. If so, create two piles – one for items to sell at a garage sale and one for items to give away. In this process, you may come across things that you can reuse, which is great – but only keep them if they’ll truly be helpful. Then prepare items for the garage sale and donate whatever isn’t sold to a local worthy cause.

Clean Out Commitments

We can become bogged down mentally and emotionally by all of the commitments that fill our calendars. Take stock of how you spend your time, and ask yourself if what you’re doing over the days and weeks is addressing your needs. It could be time to adjust or even stop participating in some commitments for a short time to gain more balance in your life.

This kind of spring cleaning will help ensure greater health as we observe the signs of spring.

About the Author

Kelly Wilson is a busy mom and freelance writer. For more information about maintaining a healthy smile, contact Dr. Barber, a dentist in Vancouver, WA, at Smiles Dental.