5 things in your life that might need a spring clean

 

It’s officially Spring, so you know you’re going to be hearing about spring-cleaning a lot. Spring cleaning is that one thing that you might find boring and exhausting, but it is actually a feel-good task that helps you de-clutter (removing unnecessary items) and gets your space or home in order so that you can start the new sunny season on a clean slate. But what if I told you that it doesn’t have to stop there Choma? Spring cleaning your life is also a necessary thing to do every now and then. Here are the 5 things in your life that might need a spring clean:

Your Relationships

Refining your relationships with others is one way to spring clean your life.You are constantly changing and growing, and so should your relationships. Focus on relationships that make you really happy and fulfilled.  If you’re constantly getting negative energy from some people, then ask yourself if you want to put any more time and effort into that relationship.

Your Health

Your overall health is the most important thing that you can take care of because if you are not well then you can’t do a lot of things. Did winter get you into a bit of a fitness funk and leave you with a bunch of unhealthy habits? It’s probably time to get back into the swing of things with a healthy spring clean.

Here are a few articles you can read to get your health back on track:  

Health and exercise tips for beginners

5 Steps to take back your mental health

Are you staying on top of your health?

Questionnaire: Is my lifestyle healthy?

Your Studies

Spring time and exam time tend to coincide, so it’s quite likely that you’re either preparing for exams or are already in the middle of it. But now is the perfect time to give your study methods and your study environment a good spring clean so that you can get your mind in study-mode.

To get you started, try having a list of the do’s and don’ts so that you can have a track record of what it is that you’re doing right or wrong.A study partner is also effective because it can keep you focused and your partner might be able to explain some concepts better for you to understand. 

Read this article as well for more insight on how you can improve your study style.

Your Wardrobe

The famous saying “when you look good, you feel good” is so true Choma, and spring cleaning your wardrobe can be a mood booster. You don’t have to buy new clothes, you can always work with what you have in order to stay trendy.

Following fashion bloggers can also inspire your looks. Here are a few fashion influencers who are style inspirations: Lulama Wolf, Rato kgamanyane, Lutendo Mametsa and Mihlali Ndamase

Your Digital life

It’s important to give your phone and social media a good clean up from time to time. Are there toxic photos, text messages or contacts you need to get rid of? What about your social media, does that need a spring clean? Read here for tips on how to give your social media a good spring clean.

Spring cleaning your life is a healthy habit that you should get into regularly because it gives you peace of mind and motivates you to get rid of the things or people that bring negativity to your life and disturb your inner peace.

What are the other things that need spring cleaning in your life? Let me know in the comments section.

Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).

 

6 Strange things you could be addicted to

When you think about addiction, what comes to mind? You might immediately think about drugs, alcohol or other harmful substances, right choma? Substance abuse is not the only form of addiction. You can actually become addicted to many different things and not even realise it.

An addiction is a condition where you constantly take something (like drugs, alcohol etc.) or do something (gambling, shopping etc.) to the point that it interferes with your everyday life, like your schoolwork, relationships or health. When you’re addicted to something, you find it very hard to go for a long time without doing or using that particular thing. 

You might know about the most popular forms of addiction but did you know about these?

Internet Addiction

When you’re addicted to the internet you find it very hard to go a short while without being online. You build most of your relationships online, spend most of your time speaking to people you’ve ‘met’ through social media or chat rooms and actually think that talking to people and doing things online is much better than real life.  

Selfies

While there is still a debate about whether this is a real addiction or not, some researchers do believe that you can become addicted to selfies. Being addicted to selfies means that you can’t go a day without taking selfies, you’re obsessed with taking the perfect picture of yourself and you’re also obsessed with people’s reactions to your pictures.

Texting

Does your heart skip a beat when your phone beeps? Do you get anxious when someone doesn’t reply to your text on time? Do you make sure your phone is in your hand all the time so that you can respond to every text instantly? If you’ve answered yes to all these questions choma then you’re probably addicted to texting.

Video Games

People who are addicted to gaming (like those who are addicted to the internet) find it hard to disconnect from that (gaming) world and spending hours playing games. When you’re addicted to gaming you can go for hours on end, forgetting to eat or wash and not getting much sleep.

Self-harm

Harming yourself can become addictive. You might start doing it as a way to stay in control, like digging your fingernails in your skin when you’re angry or as a way to control any of your emotions. Eventually this can become addictive because you might reach a point where you can’t stop.  

Prescription drugs

Do you find yourself taking pain killers even when you don’t have any pain? You can become addicted to the medication that you get from the doctor, especially medication like painkillers. Taking too many can become addictive to a point where you depend on these drugs.

Any form of addiction can be harmful chomas. Some addictions can harm you physically, negatively affecting your health, while others might harm you psychologically and emotionally, affecting your everyday life and the relationships you have with people. If you or someone you know has an addiction that’s making life difficult, don’t take it lightly chomas. Get help so that you can recover and get back to living a healthy life.

Here are numbers that you can call today:

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)

24hr Helpline: 0800 12 13 14

Lifeline

24 Hour Counselling Number: 011 422 4242 or 0861 322 322

Do you have anything to add choma? Share in the comment section below. If you have a question about addictions, you can Ask Choma.