Spring Clean Your Way to Emotional Peace
We all could use a little detox every once in a while. Here are five fun ways to cleanse your way to emotional peace this Spring!
A change in season is just around the corner, and with new life comes new opportunity to reset and re-prioritize your emotional peace. If you’re looking for ideas about how to welcome spring in a tangible way, try one or all of these spirit-lifting suggestions and celebrate the possibility of the coming months.
1. Create an ongoing “I’m thankful for” note on your phone.
If you’re anything like me, winter brings out the tendency to complain. Cold air blows up tightly wrapped coats, the high winds pull the curls from your bobby pins and the sky is the same color as the road. Instead of stewing in all the frustration a long winter can bring, start taking six seconds to type out the things you see that make you thankful. If nothing jumps out to you, start small. My first entry read, “I’m thankful for clean carpet when I need to get down on my hands and knees to look for a lost earring.” It might seem insignificant, but at the end of the week, you’ll be overwhelmed by how many tiny moments added up to a list of gratitude.
2. Strip your bed.
Gather all your sheets together, and along with your entire sock and underwear drawer, toss them into the washing machine. Add an extra scoop of fabric softener. The spaces we visit the most tend to be easily forgotten, and resetting them signals change. Anything that was in boxes or in the bottom of drawers, feel free to add to the laundry mix.
3. No more paper piles.
There’s a reason you haven’t sorted through all that mail lying on your counter, desk and bookshelf: it’s easier to stack a bill, invitation or letter into a pile than to find the appropriate place for it in the moment. If you look around your space and see paper piles, commit one hour to buckling down and finding a place for it all. You’ll thank yourself when you make the deadline for that traffic ticket, or pop the RSVP in the mailbox before your friend must make a personal phone call hunting you down.
4. When at all possible, open windows.
Everyone recognizes the sweet, muddled, earthy scent of spring air. After a winter spent with windows locked and rooms fed with circulated air, pull up the blinds and let the breeze blow through dormant spaces. If allergies make it difficult to breathe deep, mix a combination of peppermint and lemon essential oils, and let them diffuse in a well-ventilated space.
5. Practice one random act of kindness every day.
I’m convinced the best way to chase away a heavy heart is to do something unexpectedly kind for a fellow human. The act of bringing a smile to another person’s face will almost always bring a smile to your own face, and your spirits will be lifted knowing that even in sadness, you can make someone’s day. Being kind can be as simple or as elaborate as you want to make it—dropping extra change into the tip jar, purchasing a meal for the woman in line behind you or complimenting a barista on her sparkling eyes.
By setting your focus on positivity and embracing change, you will inspire yourself and others to welcome the shifting seasons with an open heart. In a world where we often neglect the importance of self-care, set patterns of wellness for yourself and choose to remain open to new experiences. And always remember: being gracious costs nothing.
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