backyard, cleaning up the garden, organizing closets, and generally doing some deep cleaning of our homes. Spring cleaning has become a kind of ritual; a renewal of our daily lives. But what about our mindset? Couldn't that do with a bit of sprucing up, as well? I know mine sure could! I have loads of old habits, ideas, and general untidiness that no longer serves me. I wanted to know what was the best way to begin a little personal spring cleaning and came up with these 5 simple and easy tips for doing just that.
1. Make time and space for yourself. If you're like me, your life is pretty cluttered. Too many things to do and not enough hours in the day to get them all done. That leaves precious little time for ourselves; to do the things that are important to us; painting, reading, meditating, going for a walk, or learning to play an instrument. We all have things on our wish list that we'd love to do if only we had the time. Clearing space on your calendar to make a few hours each week for personal pursuits is great, but what I'm talking about here. What I am referring to is finding the time and the personal space each day to detach from all the news, social media, and electronic devices we're dependent on. A time to tune out and then tune in to our deeper, true selves. This personal time can help us become more motivated, more creative, and more inspired.
2. Take inventory of where you are in your life. Ask yourself these questions;
- What's working in my life and what isn't?
- What could be improved?
- What do I really want?
- What could be holding me back from getting what i really want?
3. Set your intention. Simply put, this means the "practice of conscious action" in your life. What do you intend to do, moving forward? Take your inventory list of for self-improvement and growth, then dream BIG in terms of where you want to be in these areas. Next, draw yourself a map of how you'll get there; list intentions, or actions, you can (and will) take to make the positive changes necessary to achieve these goals. Be sure to refer to your list (or map) every morning. Don't leave it somewhere out of sight where to collect dust.
4. Stay positive. It's easy to become overwhelmed during your mindset cleaning, so it's important to stay positive. Don't beat yourself up when you this way. It's like cleaning out that dreaded hall closet. part way through, it seems like you'll get it organized. But if you keeping working at it, you finally begin so see some progress. Then, it becomes an easy and fun job to finish it up. All spring cleaning can be like that closet. But if you keep at it and give yourself a pat on the back for what you've already accomplished, you eventually get it all nice and tidy. If spring cleaning were easy, there would be so many of us procrastinators!
5. Take care of your body, as well. "Any personal endeavor requires a balance between nurturing your mind and engaging your body. When too much focus is placed on one and not the other, the imbalance is cause for distraction from your intent, " says Melissa Eisler, a certified Leadership and Career Coach and author. take time to get your body moving. Exercise is important. So is having a well-balanced diet and staying hydrated. The mind can't run properly without good nutrition and lots of water. Taking care of yourself always included both your mind as well well as your physical self.
I hope you've found these "spring cleaning" tips helpful. I'm eager to not only get my house in order this spring, but I'm actually looking forward to clearing out the cobwebs in my head, as well. I like a tidy home and I have come to enjoy knowing that my physical self as well as my mind, are running optimally as well. Too much clutter is never a good thing. I invite you all back here tomorrow, but until then I wish you
Peace (and happy spring cleaning!)