You're Important Too! Spring Cleaning Tips for the Mind

Uncategorized Apr 06, 2021

Alright, so last week I literally talked about how to have fun with all those physical Spring Cleaning chores around the home and office.

This week, I’m encouraging you to use all that spring optimism, hope, and refreshed energy to Spring Clean your mind.

While it’s amusing to think about your family members gathering around you with mops in their hands, ready to tackle the cobwebs in your brain, I actually advise against it. Irreparable damage might ensue with mops near your head!  What I’m talking about is probably a more solitary activity or best done with a good friend and an adult beverage.  Maybe a baseball bat, too, but we’ll get to that.   

It's time to turn our attention to keeping a clear and happy mindset.

If you find that you're having trouble dealing with life's stresses and you need to sort out your thoughts, it will benefit you to use some of your spring-cleaning time on yourself!

Try some of the following tips to reorganize your thoughts:

  1. Get rid of anger. There are many negative emotions that you can eliminate during spring cleaning time, and anger is one of those emotions. You need to deal with it and then throw it away.  

Ensure you handle it effectively rather than hide it away. If you try to just push it away, it'll just grow stronger and cause you more stress. Face your anger and make a plan to find solutions for your issues or simply let go.

This is where the baseball bat might come in handy.  Or a set of darts.  It can be nice to let anger go physically before you tackle it mentally.  Imagine those baseballs flying at you are all the things you are angry at this spring.  Even if it doesn’t make rational sense.  It’s not their fault your spouse is sick, but you’re still angry.  That guy who pulled out in front of you? Whack a ball at him, too.  Former boss still making you fume? Hit one or two for them, too.  Once some of that pent up negative energy is released, you’ll be in a better place to really work your thoughts out of that anger space.

  1. Focus on forgiveness. Focus on forgiveness if you're holding onto negative emotions. You may not feel that the person you need to forgive deserves it, but you deserve to finally be at peace. Think of it as doing something for yourself instead of letting someone off the hook.

I’ve heard it often, and even again last night on The Good Doctor. “You forgive someone for your sake, not theirs.” A difficult truth, but truth nonetheless.  No matter how negative my emotions are about someone, their life is NOT affected by my negative emotions!  So, I might as well let them go…even if I don't feel like they deserve it!

  1. Make a list of your dreams and goals. Just as you make a list of your chores during cleaning, make a list of some of your short term and long-term dreams and goals. Spring is a great time to have these bubbling to the surface. When you list them out on paper, it gives you something concrete to look at throughout the day.

Post your list where you'll see it often and cross things off as you accomplish them. If you are artistic (no matter in what form), create your list in that form!  A painting, drawing, poem, heck, even an interpretive dance video will do!  If artistry isn’t one of your gifts, a nice piece of paper and a few colored markers can jazz up the list and make it eye-catching.

  1. Be open to new ideas. When you open yourself to new situations and ideas, you'll bring a new freshness and more opportunities into your life. It might feel safe to stay closed off, but eventually you'll feel that things have become stale.

I’m trying a new volunteer opportunity this spring – at a local animal shelter!  I’ll meet new people, help the animals and expand my horizons (hopefully!). Can’t let life get stale, can we?

  1. Don't be afraid to have fun. Spring cleaning for your home or mind doesn't have to be a chore. With the right attitude, it can be fun to bring change into your life. It's like getting a fresh start and you can focus on your new beginning.

There even SHOULD be a sense of fun and anticipation at the start of something new. It has to overcome the pain of change, after all.  Embrace that and run with it as long as you can.

  1. Stop to enjoy life and nature. Learn to see the beauty in things that you've taken for granted. Take a walk and get some fresh air, or get up early one day to watch the sunrise. These things will give you new perspectives on life.

Spring is so much fun to watch happen in the great outdoors!  Birds chirping everywhere as they busily go about making their nests and raising their hatchlings.  I have a cardinal that sits and pecks at my office window all day long – sure that his reflection is a rival male and if he just keeps pecking at him, he will go away.  Makes me laugh at how persistent he is!

Take three minutes and just sit still outside and catalog what you see, hear, and smell.  It’s a pretty great world out there.

  1. Focus on organization. Just like you would organize your house when it becomes too cluttered, take this opportunity to learn to organize your mind when it becomes cluttered too. Avoid letting jumbled thoughts overpower your thinking process. Learn to use a calm approach and deal with one situation at a time.

Take some time out of each day to clear your mind. You can accomplish this through meditation, prayer, or anything that relaxes you. I like walking in the previously mentioned great outdoors and yoga for when the weather doesn’t cooperate.  Some use journaling, others talk to a coach frequently.  The point is to quiet your mind enough to deal with what is coming at you in a calm rational way, not a stressed out, chaotic way.

 

Remember, you're very important: more important than those other things you clean every spring. You are the lynch pin of your own life; everything revolves around you taking good care of your mind, body, and spirit.  Use these tips to spring clean your mind, and enjoy your new beginning free from stresses and negativity.

 

Leaving you with this from the lighter side: I always find something I’ve lost when I do my spring cleaning.  This year it was my mind!

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