A+ Family Dental March 2019

San Diego Location: 3780 El Cajon Blvd., Unit 1

Poway Location: 12915 Pomerado Road Poway, CA 92064 Phone: 858-748-5100

San Diego, CA 92105 Phone: 619-265-2467

The Happy Tooth

OUT WITH THE OLD Spring-Cleaning for a Healthier, Happier Life

There are many things I love about spring, but I’m an especially big fan of spring-cleaning. I’m not a messy person, but throughout the year, it’s easy for some things to get out of hand. Last spring, I looked around and realized the state of my house was a bit overwhelming. It was getting hard to look for things and even find clothes to wear to work! I decided to bring in a professional.

“... I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.”

believe that we have to stay friends with someone just because we’ve known them forever. This isn’t true. The relationships in our lives should bring us joy. If there’s someone who only brings negativity into your life, who leaves you feeling bad after you spend time together, or never has your back when you need them, then it doesn’t matter if you’ve known them for two months or 20 years — it’s time to cut them out of your life. When I realize it’s time to eliminate someone from my life, I don’t try to make a scene by calling them up and dramatically informing someone we’re not getting coffee anymore. I just stop making plans to get coffee with that person or remove them from the invite list from future events. This doesn’t mean I’ll never see them again. If a person recognizes their negativity, makes an effort to become a healthier, positive person, and reaches out, we could become friends again. In addition to eliminating bad relationships, I also make a point to nurture good relationships. Last year, I knew four really successful, generous people. They all added value to my life, and I made a point to get to know them better. I would text them for advice periodically, and we would get coffee occasionally. My goal is to cultivate 10 of these kinds of positive relationships this year.

This was the first time I hired a professional organizer, and it was really helpful. She came in for four hours and focused on a couple of major rooms: the kitchen, the home office, and my closet. She pulled everything out, sorted what needed to be donated, and showed me how to put it all away. It was incredibly helpful to have someone to really help me buckle down and get serious. In the end, she took all the donation bins to the thrift store and took all the old documents to the shredder. I was inspired after her visit. Next, I came into the practice and organized my office between patients. It took a little time, but I got my desk all clean and my cabinets organized. It wasn’t an extensive process, but it really made a difference. My environment felt a lot neater, and I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Isn’t it strange how clutter in our environment can become a physical burden on our well-being?

For me, spring- cleaning doesn’t stop at organizing clothes and throwing away half-empty cosmetic containers. I also use this time of year to evaluate the relationships in my life and eliminate toxic people. Many people, myself included,

Spring is a wonderful opportunity to remove clutter from our life, physically and metaphorically. When we take the time to eliminate what we don’t need, there’s more room for the good things in our life to grow.

–Dr. Justene Doan

March 2019 Edition

A+ Family Dentistry | 619-265-2467 | P1


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