Declutter, recycle and clean up your life!
In the end, we are what we think about, and what we think about is heavily influenced by what we keep around us. The things that neither serve a specific purpose, nor exist to make you feel good, need to go so that we can focus on what we really care about. Toss things that annoy you every time you see them, like socks that have lost their match, or your overflowing kitchen junk drawer. Declutter to feel happier and healthier.
Ready the recycling bin
Becoming the healthiest version of yourself means throwing away the stuff that’s holding you back. Recycle to healp the planet and other people.
Old plastic containers
Go through your collection of food-storage containers and toss anything made of clear, rigid plastic, and stamped with a 7 or “pc” (stands for polycarbonate) into your recycle bin. They may contain BPA. Also recycle warped or cracked containers.
Some air fresheners contain chemicals, which in large doses may have harmful effects on reproduction or development. Why not just open a window and get some clean air?
Reconsider your diet soda habit—especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Non-caloric sweeteners such as saccharin (Sweet-n-Low), sucralose (Splenda), and aspartame (Equal) may mess with the gut bacteria that play a key role in healthy metabolism. Soda water also degrades teeth that are sensitive from grinding at night.
Worn-out running shoes
Replace running shoes every 500 to 700 kilometres. Worn shoes lose their cushioning and are less capable of absorbing the impact of your foot landing with each step. As more force is transmitted to muscles, bones, and tendons your risk of injury increases. If you’re not a runner, replace them about every six months, or as soon as you notice that the tread is looking worn.
Bristles start to fray after about two months of use. Replace your brush every 3 months as worn-out brushes are less effective at cleaning teeth and fighting off decay.
Clothes you don’t wear anymore
How many items have you not worn within the last year? Clutter tends to increase anxiety. Other people may be able to use the clothes you don’t wear so drop them into an op shop. Another option is to aim to have a week where you wear those old trousers or tops. If you don’t feel good in them – DUMP them! Decluttering feels good.
Leftovers lingering in the fridge
A rule of thumb is to eat, toss, or freeze food with animal products after three days. Meningitis, miscarriages, and even death can occur with Listeria bacteria presence. Keep your food clean and healthy
Liquid makeup harbours germs, so throw tubes away two to three months after opening. One of the primary functions of eyelashes is to keep debris and germs from entering your eye. It’s important to keep the makeup you put on them as germ-free as possible.
Dirty contact lens case
Using a dirty lens case is a primary risk factor for eye infections. Replace your lens case at least every three months, clean and air-dry face down, and using fresh solution daily.
Old spices in your cupboard or in the light on your shelf won’t add any flavour to your food. Fresh spices can mean the difference between bland meals and amazingly flavourful food that’s good for you and satisfying.
Old lip gloss
Anything that’s used around your mouth collects a lot of bacteria quickly, and the longer the bacteria sits in a moist tube, the more it grows. This increases your chance of infection if it gets into a cut or crack on the delicate skin of your lips. Throw out lip makeup no more than six months after you open it or by the expiration date, whichever is sooner. keep your make-up clean.
The elastic in bras stretches out over time, which means less support. Replace a bra whenever it no longer lends comfort and support to help reduce neck and back pain. Supportive bras can also slow the natural process of ageing in breast tissue. Remember to increase tightness in the back band and loosen the straps to lessen neck strain.
Your kitchen sponge
The kitchen sponge is the “germiest” thing in the household. You can microwave sponges daily to zap bacteria, but discard immediately you clean meat juices, Even the dishwasher doesn’t kill bacteria. Use a thinner washcloth to clean dishes then grab a clean one every few days, and throwing the dirty ones in with your laundry. A washcloth dries quicker than a sponge which slows bacterial growth.
Plastic cutting boards
Slicing and dicing on plastic cutting boards scores the surface, and once bacteria get into these tiny grooves and begin to grow, they can be very difficult to get rid of. Switch to a wooden cutting board which contain resins that are naturally antimicrobial.
Information overload on your iPhone or Android links to depression and anxiety, particularly if you love your smartphone and tablet or use multiple devices at once. Give your brain a break‚ ideally on a set schedule.
The average person sits 7.7 hours a day, and some up to 15 hours a day. Excessive sitting impacts the body’s metabolic system, and can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, increase risk of bowel cancer, and depression. Try switching to a standing desk for some work and get up and move frequently.
SOURCED FROM TIME 2017 Modified by Helen Potter FACP