Medlin Law Firm - March 2022

It’s More Than Just Tidying Up 4 Health Benefits of Spring-Cleaning

Spring-cleaning helps you breathe better.

Sunday, March 20, is the first day of spring —which means it’s time for some spring-cleaning. Did you know that cleaning is not just about tidying up a physical space? It’s also about improving overall well-being. Here’s how organization and cleanliness can help you in more ways than you might expect. Spring-cleaning reduces stress and depression. Tidiness and mental health are actually connected. Studies have found that having a clean home is directly correlated to happiness and your ability to focus. Anxiety can spike when laundry is piling up, items are strewn everywhere, and papers get scattered on various surfaces within the home. Clearing the clutter is a great way to boost your mood and increase those feel-good hormones. It prevents illnesses. Doorknobs, refrigerator handles, light switches, countertops, and remote controls are all things we touch many times a day. Cleaning anything that’s used often is one way to reduce the spread of germs. By keeping household surfaces clean, we help thwart the spread of viruses and illnesses.

Spring often brings pollen that triggers allergies for many. But pollen isn’t the only thing to blame when people have difficulty breathing. When dust and pet dander build up in your home, your

respiratory system is greatly affected too. Deep-cleaning your air filters and vents can make breathing effortless — and it’s truly amazing how this can improve your well-being. It keeps you more active. Off the couch and on your feet! Even just running the vacuum and clearing the clutter from the dining room table will get you up and moving, which is healthy for your heart and body.

This spring season, putting some elbow grease into your cleaning will benefit you inmoreways than one. Trust me, you’ll thankyourself later!

Get Lost Within the Pages of a Book 3 BOOKS THATWILL TAKE YOU ON A JOURNEY

‘The Great Alone’ By Kristin Hannah This tale will take you on an emotional and physical journey as you follow along with a family that moved to Alaska to get a fresh start. After a tour of duty in the Vietnam War, Ernt is a different man, and he wants a change of scenery. His wife, Cora, will follow her husband anywhere, and their daughter, Leni, hopes to find her purpose and where she belongs in the world. This move may have seemed like a good idea at first, but soon the cold winters and the 18 hours of night settle in, and they quickly realize they are alone in their cabin surrounded by wilderness. Readers will

March 25 is Tolkien Reading Day! J.R.R. Tolkien wrote “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.” Both of these books tell a story of an unexpected journey. You can’t help but get lost in the storyline of Tolkien’s stories and empathize with his characters. In honor of Tolkien Reading Day, here are a few other books that will unlock your imagination and take you on an exciting adventure —without leaving the comfort of your home. ‘Lonesome Dove’ By Larry McMurtry If you love Wild West and cowboy movies, this book is for you. “Lonesome Dove” is considered one of the best westerns ever. You follow a former Texas Ranger, Jake Spoon, as he tries to outrun the sheriff of his town. “Lonesome Dove” gives you characters that you will love or love to hate. The theme is about the importance of friendship and finding where your place is in the world. All while being taken on a journey from Texas to Montana.

love this intense and emotional journey of strength and survival.

‘Lands of Lost Borders’ By Kate Harris The debut novel by Harris has won several nonfiction awards for her storytelling. Follow Harris as she and her childhood friend bike along the Silk Road and explore some of the most remote places on earth. Even if you aren’t a bicyclist, this story will help you discover the importance of unexpected adventures. “Lands of Lost Borders” celebrates the relationship between humanity and nature and captures the excitement and travails of a long journey. Reading enables you to unlock your imagi- nation and gives you the tools to take any adventure you wish. Follow along with these characters and see if they achieve their goals. Perhaps you can empathize with their stories based on your own experiences. Allowyourself to get lost within the pages of a good book this month. | Pg. 2

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