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.
Lay off the booze for a month.
Research shows that abstaining for even 30 days can improve sleep, boost memory, and help you shed weight, trim cholesterol, and cut recovery time after workouts. Plus, after a month off, people tend to drink more responsibly when they begin imbibing again.
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