Every spring the flowers begin to bloom, green erupts from the trees and bushes, birds begin to sing outside again and we are surrounded by a sense of reawakening.
Traditionally, the theme of spring cleaning refers to the cleaning of our homes in an effort to reset our environments accordingly with the new season. Out goes the dust and mothballs of winter, and in come bright colors and fresh air flowing through open windows.
Spring-cleaning doesn’t have to refer to the physical rearrangement of our lives — it can also refer to the unpacking of ourselves. It can be an opportunity to begin afresh, by taking the time to consider where we are with regard to our mental, emotional, and physical state, and where we want to be.
Here are some things to consider as we begin a new season:
Re-evaluate your goals and where you stand with them
While we may not be able to control everything that comes our way, creating tangible goals is a helpful tool to ensure that, when something throws us off track, we aren’t completely derailed in every aspect of our life. Writing down a variety of reachable short-term goals, and well-defined long terms goals may make them more tangible in your mind. In addition, it may aid in constructing a sense of meaning for yourself and create a source of hope.
What are some activities that bring enjoyment in your life that you could be doing more of?
Have you been feeling worn out lately? Maybe just lethargic or uneasy? Balance out those potentially negative feelings by actively pursuing activities that make you happy – reading, walking, running, going to a movie, writing, hanging out with friends, listening to a podcast, cooking, joining a pick-up sports team! At the end of the day, take notice of what brings you happiness and make it a regular pat of your day or week. You will thank yourself later.
What am I struggling with right now, and who can I reach out to for support?
We could all probably use support in some aspect of our life. Building meaningful relationships can offer a wide range of benefits, emotionally and physiologically. It can feel uncomfortable the first time you ask someone for a hand up, but it can be as low key as asking someone to hang out. The more you practice reaching out to people, the easier it will become.
How mindful am I being about taking care of myself?
At the end of the day, it’s our responsibility to make sure that we’re doing okay. We are the ones who have to take the steps to ensure we’re where we want to be. Have you been mindful of how you’re doing, or have you been kind of running around with your head chopped off? We’ve all been there, but at the end of the day, it’s important to be in touch with ourselves emotionally so that we can deal with all the stressful life events that are out of our control.
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