No one looks forward to washing windows or storing the ski gear or the other chores associated with spring-cleaning. But this annual ritual does not have to be a drag, if you approach it in a slightly different way. "You've been cooped up with this cave-like mentality all winter; now it's time to break free and play," says R.D. Chin, a feng shui architect and consultant in New York City. "It's time to follow the cycle of nature, get rid of the clutter, and free up your mind." Here's our idea of what a truly effective spring-cleaning can look like.
Dust off an old hobby.
Whether it's blowtorch sculpting or shredding on a Tele, you once had a beloved hobby and you let it die. Pick it up again. Not only will you have fun, studies show that a challenging hobby reduces stress and lowers blood pressure. "People invested in positive experiences have greater longevity, living as much as nine years longer," says Harvard Medical School psychologist Carol Kauffman. "You have to do this. Fun is serious business."
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