As we settle into the Spring season, we often engage in “spring cleaning” and the spirit of “renewal.” This is a time where we declutter our homes and rid ourselves of excess baggage. Nature around us takes a similar effect with the warming of temperatures and the birth of new life.
Take the concept of Spring cleaning your home into your mind and body!
At The Mind Spa, we are taking Spring Cleaning a step further. Studies have shown that individuals who take the time to clean and organize their physical spaces are also more inclined to take charge of their general health.
“When your room is clean and uncluttered, you have no choice but to examine your inner state.”Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
How can I get started?
Not ready to clean out the entire garage? Even small activities like cleaning off your desk can provide stress relief. Pick a few small tasks to begin with and go from there. As you get started, you can start to check items off your list and build the momentum you need to tackle the rest!
Engage with Mindful Activities (i.e., Walking and/or Eating)
One helpful way to refresh your mind is through practicing simple mindful activities. This could look like taking a brisk walk without your cell phone or giving yourself space to have a meal with no distractions.
As you connect to the present moment, take this time to become more aware of how our daily activities affect our mental and physical health.
Remember to Breathe
Whether you’re dusting off the cobwebs from your bookshelf or letting go of past tensions, don’t forget to breathe! Breathing can clear your mind and allow you to focus. Often, taking 1 minute to breathe slowly can give you the boost you need to tackle your next activity.
Add something new to your routine
When it comes to mental spring cleaning, incorporating new activities into your life is necessary! Whether it is taking a bath, taking the time to read a book before bed, or eating a meal with family or friends, incorporating new activities throughout your week can free up your mind while adding excitement to your daily life.
Message from Dr. Mason
“As we look forward to Spring, don’t forget to take account of all the hard work you do each day. Even when you are working hard and getting a lot done, it’s important to remember to pause and give yourself the space to appreciate your growth.