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April 27, 2013

From the Office: Try spring cleaning, organizing for stress release

Happy spring, everyone! Last year at this time, I had asked everyone to review some plans that they had drafted to address several areas in your lives: emergency plans, financial plans and health care plans. 

It’s time to go back, pull them off the shelf and take another look. How did you do? Where do you need to make changes and how are things different in your life today that impact what you had planned?

One area that I didn’t touch on was that of mental health. We are all faced with numerous challenges that come at us in our lives with varying degrees of stress. How we deal with that stress is critical to our health and well-being. 

As we are all unique, so too can be how we each cope. I have always told my children, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” hoping that when their plans didn’t follow through, they can still enjoy the experience. There are many healthy outlets that you can use to help deal with stress. Call a friend, reach out to a neighbor, take a walk or if you are anything like me, clean!

Especially this time of year, I feel a need to clean. If you are overwhelmed with this thought, you are not alone. Everyone has anxiety over sorting and letting go of valuables, whether they are monetarily high or emotionally connected. 

One way that I try to work through both the amount of clutter that seems to multiply in my home each winter is to set up a three-bin approach. The first one I set one up for junk, and that always is easy to fill. Anything broken (and not recyclable) gets tossed out. When I was younger, I used to think that I should save something to fix later. Then 20 years later when I moved, it was still in a box in the back of the closet. So now, I just let it go. 

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