Spring is a time of growth and renewal; a fertile time for flowers to bloom and new ideas to blossom. Shrug off any lingering winter blues with this nine point plan for spring cleaning the mind, body and spirit, so you can feel your fabulous best as we swing into the busiest time of the year.
Don’t Mind the Mess
De-clutter your home: Doing a little bit of spring cleaning is a great place to start. Clear the clutter, clear your mind. According to the principles of feng shui, having a clean, clutter-free house enables the optimal flow of chi within your home.
Tip: Set a timer for quick 15 minute cleaning sessions during the day. It’s amazing how much you can get done in with focused bursts of activity.
Read a book: Take the time to read something enjoyable, uplifting or meaningful. Grab a book and find a nice sunny spot in the garden or run a bath and surround yourself with scented candles.
Tip: Switch off your phone for pure, uninterrupted enjoyment.
Shift negative thoughts: Print out inspirational quotes or write down your own affirmations, turn them into a collage and hang it over our desk or in the kitchen or somewhere you will see it during the day, for an instant mood-boost.
Tip: Create a mood board of inspirational quotes, beautiful images and affirmations.
Banish the Body Blues
Get some sleep – Getting a good nights sleep is essential to your physical and emotional wellbeing. Poor sleep can impact on all areas of your life; one of the worst offenders is over-tiredness, and the inability to “switch off” the mind as bedtime approaches.
Tip: Meditation is a fantastic tool to combat sleep issues, and guided visualisation can be helpful for people with minds who wander.
Do some exercise: Take advantage of the gorgeous sunshine and do some exercise: yoga, running, pilates, gentle stretching, tai chi, walking. Moderate exercise is great, it doesn’t have to be high-impact cardio to have a positive impact.
Tip: There are lots of free fitness videos on YouTube, enabling you to exercise in the privacy and comfort of your own home.
Clean-eating: This doesn’t have to involve a strict program,but getting back to basics and making conscious food choices that steer away from highly processed foods, take-away and junk food. It’s a great time of year for lovely fresh salads and to enjoy wide range of summer fruits.
Tip: Keep an eye out for your local farmers markets and stock up on fresh seasonal produce.
Uplift and Inspire the Spirit
The cultivation of mindfulness through the practise of meditation has proven benefits to physical and mental wellbeing, and is one of the most effective tools for relaxation and stress relief. It can be done in minutes, so the benefits can also be enjoyed by people who are time-poor.
Tip: Guided visualisations are great for people who are new to meditation, or who struggle with unaided mindfulness techniques.
Take a “technology holiday” – It is no secret that we are more connected to technology than ever, and there are many benefits to enforcing regular breaks from screen time, social media and the expectation that you are contactable and “on call” around the clock.
Tip: Planning is key to this one – let people know, be sure it doesn’t conflict with work commitments and make sure you have everything you need at home.
Practise gratitude – Studies have shown many physical and psychological benefits of gratitude. The small but profound act of practising gratitude can help restore feelings of happiness, optimism and contentment, a daily antidote to feelings of negativity, stress and fear of the future.
Tip: Sit down with a cuppa and write a list of all the things you are grateful for. A fantastic way to start the day is by listing 10 things you are grateful for in a “gratitude diary”.
Helpful Resources to Get You Started