Christmas has come and gone and as we’re gearing up to set resolutions. Let’s focus on getting things back in order. While you’re dusting and scrubbing and sorting and organizing and deciding what goes and what stays, take a minute to think about your most permanent home – your body.
Have you ever thought about how the environment affects your health?
01 Clean Up Your Bedroom
Take the TV out! Studies have connected the presence of a TV in the bedroom and the practice of watching TV before bed with both sleep deprivation and weight gain. Removing the TV from your bedroom can improve your quality of life.
02 Clean Up Your Kitchen
A recent study showed that a cluttered kitchen cued people to overeat. When placed in a clean and tidy eating environment, however, participants reported feeling more in control and consumed fewer calories overall. Most of us need all the help we can get for getting back on track with our health goals, especially after this hectic time of year!
03 Clean Up Your Pantry
The foods you’re most likely to eat are the foods you keep close at hand. Try organizing your pantry so that healthy items are easy-access, and unhealthy temptations are in harder-to-reach or less visible locations (for example, an out-of-the-way cupboard, the back of the freezer, or a hard-to-reach top shelf). Keeping healthy options around – and unhealthy temptations “out of sight, out of mind” – can also help you stay on track going into the new year.
04 Clean Up Your Life
In general, the presence of clutter increases stress, which decreases your quality of life and can limit or interfere with your healthy habits. What can you do to declutter and distress today? Get your Christmas decorations cleaned up and put away in an organized matter, perhaps?