Not only is this a good time of year to physically clean your house or yard, but it’s ideal for taking a look at your life and deciding what needs to be “cleaned up” in that area, as well.
So, here are some general tips for spring cleaning your life.
De-Clutter Your Space
Over several years, it’s easy to accumulate a lot of stuff. And, in many cases, it’s stuff we no longer use or care about. But, it’s sitting around anyway taking up space. A cluttered space can create extra stress and anxiety.
It’s emotionally freeing to live in a simpler environment. For one, it gives us fewer things to clean and worry about. It may be time to go through your stuff and find what you can sell, give away, or just plain toss.
About four years ago I sold over half of my books, most them unread. Many of them were from a period in my life I’d rather forget. At first I was scared and worried that I’d need them or miss them. But, I sold them anyway and it felt liberating. I’ve never missed them, not in even once. But, I really enjoy not having them clutter up my bookshelf.
De-Clutter Your Mind
When I moved several years ago, I literally got a small dumpster and threw out a bunch of junk. It felt so liberating and freeing. However, as humans we often have even more serious junk that needs to be tossed from our minds. Spring cleaning your life successfully requires that you get rid of this junk too (maybe even more so).
We hold onto many unhelpful thinking patterns, many of them forming in child. They can come from the opinions of family, friends, controlling teachers, oppressive religious teachings, and various other negative influences. Whatever the hang up, spring is as good a time as any to get rid of it.
So, this spring, as you start cleaning the house, vow to clean your mind as well. Get rid of the negative thoughts and patterns that are holding you back. Sit down and reevaluate your thinking habits and patterns that are unhelpful or downright harmful.
Re-Design Your Brain
Brain wiring can be changed, even at later ages. That’s good news for all people older than twenty-five who haven’t achieved their dreams in life (pretty much everyone in that age group). If you’re going to throw out the negative junk in your brain, then put some positive material in its place.
Try to expand your mind a little and embrace thinking that moves you forward towards your dreams. Take up a new hobby. Learn a new skill. Whatever you pick, make it positive. Read some good self help books or watch a movie on self-betterment. What The Bleep Do We Know is an amazing and life changing documentary/film.
Get Physically Fit
Your brain is a part of the body. That means if your body is mistreated, under nourished, and unhealthy, your brain will suffer the consequences too. Part of spring cleaning your life involves getting your body healthier. In many ways, getting healthier is easy. Lose weight, eat in a healthy fashion, and exercise. It’s really that simple (even if the execution is difficult).
We have a health and fitness category page that can jump start your physical fitness goals. Check it out. Look and feel your best and your life will be much more fulfilling.
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