Your house may not be the only thing that needs cleaning as a new season approaches. How about tidying up your health? There’s no better time than the season of new beginnings to rejuvenate your mind and body. You’ll feel better, look healthier, and have a fresh outlook on life that’s sure to make you happier. What’s more, a mind and body cleanse can set you up for a lifetime of good health. Here are nine ways to refresh your health this spring:

1. Detox Your Eating

Winter foods may be comforting and tasty, but they can be full of unhealthy ingredients that harm your body. Take advantage of the powerhouse fruits and veggies in season and consume plenty of detoxifying juices and smoothies. Health-promoting teas and fresh water help clean the body of toxins too.

2. Recruit a Wellness Partner

Have you been feeling too sluggish to exercise lately? A friend, spouse, trainer, or even your dog may be just what the doctor ordered to put the spring back in your step. Wellness partners not only remind you to exercise, but they also offer the motivation you need to stay active every day. Working out with a partner has another perk: it’s safer and more fun than exercising alone.

3. Take a Class

Make the season of growth personally rewarding by enrolling in a class. Whether you want to learn computer graphics or kickboxing, classes can boost your brain power, social life, and overall well-being. Choose a skill that interests you and look for classes online, through community education, or at a local health club.

4. Refresh with Massage

Studies have shown that massage rejuvenates the muscles, joints, circulation, and skin. Plus, it heals and relaxes the mind. Don’t be discouraged by the cost. Many massage therapists offer discounts and package deals, or check with massage schools for cheap rates by students. Even a back or foot rub from a friend or family member can reinvigorate you.

5. Swap Indoor Stress for Outdoor Fun

Say goodbye to the days of being cooped up indoors. Spring is the ideal season to head outside; the temperatures are warm, the air is fresh, and activities abound. Take a hike through the woods, play Frisbee at the park, plant a garden, or bike the local trail. Enjoy the great outdoors while the relaxing sounds of nature lift your stress and recharge your mind and body.

6. Focus on Laughter

Have you ever noticed how laughter makes you feel better? Health experts agree that laughter reduces stress, lightens mood, strengthens immunity, and relieves pain. Take in the season’s comedic offerings, such as a funny movie, a humorous book out in print, or a comedy act at the local theater. You might also have lunch with your funniest friend and chuckle away your woes.

7. Treat Yourself to a Makeover

A new season is a perfect time to refresh your appearance, and there’s no need to spend a lot of money. Simple tweaks go a long way in improving mood, confidence, and energy. Consult a beauty expert on makeup tips, head to the salon for a fresh hairstyle, or outfit yourself with an updated wardrobe. Then enjoy the new, revitalized you.

8. Grow Your Spiritual Self

Delving into your inner being can have positive effects on your physical and mental health and give you a new perspective on life. Even if you’re not a religious person, there are many ways to explore your spirituality. Meditation, writing, service work, spending time in nature, or reading daily devotionals can be inspiring and rejuvenating.

9. Get Off Your Chair

One of the best ways to refresh your mind and body is also one of the simplest: movement. Too much sitting around doesn’t do any good for your health; moving around does. You don’t have to spend the day in constant motion, but make an effort to walk around frequently, use the stairs, and flex your arms, neck, and shoulders throughout the day.

The winter blahs can drag you down physically and mentally. But now that spring is in the air, there’s a lot you can do to lift your mood and refresh your energy. Try the above tips this season, and enjoy a happier, healthier you.

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