Spring is right around the corner and is the perfect time to reevaluate your wellness in a variety of ways. You may consider wellness to be eating right, hydrating, and exercising, but there is so much more to it! Below are three ways to really spring into the season and incorporate some wellness changes to improve your everyday life.
One way to focus on financial wellness is to build an emergency fund. While this might not always be at the forefront of your mind, an emergency fund is a safety net in case of unemployment or an unforeseen cost. While there is no definite amount of money you need in this fund, consider what common unexpected expenses you might incur (including loss of income). By starting small and growing this account, you can ensure that you can have the resources available to work through the emergency.
A “bigger picture” way to prioritize financial wellness is to determine and consider the cost of life insurance. This is different from an emergency fund in that an emergency fund can be used in any emergency, whereas a life insurance payout will provide financial protection to your dependents in the specific case of your passing. Consider costs like mortgage payments, daily living, and funeral expenses when deciding on a policy amount. Although it’s not something you want to think about, having a plan for your family when you pass away is an important financial goal.
While often unthought about, mental wellness is an important facet that can impact how you think and feel. Unnecessary clutter can affect your mental health by causing stress and disorganization. Springtime is the perfect season for spring cleaning and decluttering. Start by cleaning places that might not get cleaned often, such as desks, closets, and junk drawers. A good rule of thumb for cleaning and decluttering is if you haven’t used it, looked at it, or worn it in a year, it is time to part ways with it.
Another way to keep your mental wellness in check is to enjoy the small aspects of every day. Spring is the perfect time to put electronics down and take a walk around the neighborhood after work, or literally stop and smell the roses by gardening. Whatever you choose to do to enjoy your day, embrace the moment and appreciate it for what it is.
With the seasons changing from drab winter to sunny spring, now is the time to reevaluate your physical wellbeing. You can spring clean your diet, like reducing unneeded sugars and salt, and make adjustments where needed. For example, replace soda with seltzer water for a sweet but healthier pick me up! Also when choosing foods, look for those that have “reduced sodium” on the label, and consider choosing dairy with “fat-free” or “low-fat” listed as a description.
You can also use this time to reinvent your daily routines. Do you have a skincare routine that you’ve strayed away from? Are you drinking as much water as you should be daily? These are just a few examples of routines that can be reexamined, but the possibilities are endless! With spring being a season of reinvention, this is a great time to reinvent yourself through these routines.
Spring is filled with fresh air, bright colors, and a sense of being refreshed. With such an uplifting season upon us, take some time out of your busy schedule to focus on springing forward into action with your wellness in mind.