H.E.R. Crisis Guest Blogger: Melissa Webb | Instagram: @mwebb_lpc
Spring is almost here and I’m gearing up for spring cleaning. Not only am I going to finally unpack from moving-in, back in December (don’t judge me), but I’m also going to clean up my mind and my life. Spring, for me, is a renewal period. Finally waking up from a mental hibernation to gear up for more time outside and harness more energy to keep up with my busy schedule. Are you doing the same mental, physical or spiritual “spring cleaning” too? Try out these three cleaning techniques to get your spring started off right.
- Spruce up your place – If you’re lazy like me during the winter months, things can pile up rather quickly. Studies have shown people with clean houses are healthier and more active. And people with cluttered homes tend to be more fatigued and have higher levels of stress. Start with decluttering and cleaning your entire home. It sounds daunting but clean one room at a time. Put some upbeat music on to help with this process; I prefer to listen to some Migos or Drake to get me going. When you are finished, reward yourself with a tasty treat (cake sounds good) or a 10-minute break. This is also a good time to put away winter clothes and boots and set those chucks and T-shirts out. And since it will be warm outside, get that garden ready! Planting perennials and/or veggies such as beans, arugula, and lettuce are good gardening choices for spring. Make sure to check your local nursery for plants and seeds.
- Clear your mind by using more mindfulness – Mindfulness is described as a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensation. As a therapist, I use this technique for my clients but rarely use it for myself. You might ask, “How can I incorporate mindfulness in my day?” I’m glad you asked! Here is a typical mindfulness day:
Start by stretching first thing in the morning. Then take a mindfulness walk where you pay attention to your body movements while listening to the birds chirping, and feeling the wind on your face. Go home and take a mindfulness shower enjoying and focusing on the warm water and the fabulous scent of your shower gel. While at work, practice mindfulness walks from your cubicle to the coffee pot. Clear your mind of all the worries from your boss, co-workers and things outside of your control. Work to become one with your workspace. Complete mindfulness eating throughout the day by not being on devices and focusing on chewing, experiencing the different flavors and enjoying your meal. And before going to sleep clear your mind and do some light yoga.
The key to mindfulness is clearing your mind and being present in the moment. Remember, anytime of the day is a good time for mindfulness.
- Get your life together – Getting your life organized can help with managing personal task and lessen stress.
- Organizing the contents of your phone. Start by deleting unused apps numbers, and text messages and organizing pictures or backing them up to a hard drive.
- Take a social media break or limit social media usage. This will help you to reclaim your time and start living in the present more.
- Plan to get rid of debt. Because who wants to be in debt?
- Get rid of negative people (this includes family members). Their negative energy will rub off on you and make you grumpy and stress. Misery loves company.
- And finally, talk to a therapist and work on you. Therapy is the perfect way to talk about all your problems in a safe and productive environment. Purposeful Counseling is a great resource for helping adults with various issues through Christian counseling.
Spring cleaning is a time to get organized and become one with yourself. Getting rid of stress, clutter, and other negative energy will have a positive impact on your life.