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Spring Cleaning for Mental Health

Posted April 03, 2018

Tags: self-care

(photo: "Flowers" by Nic Redhead is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 )

"Tune into something you are curious about. Maybe that curiosity will turn into a new passion."

Spring equinox arrived on March 20th. Yup, that's right, spring is here. Even though the cold of winter still lingers in many places, such as Boston and Montana, spring is a symbolic time. With flowers on the edge of blooming, spring is often a time for "renewal." Although you can always reflect and recenter your life anytime–no matter the season–spring is a good enough reason to do it now. 


Here are four ways you can revitalize your spirits this Spring 2018:


1. Clean and organize

It wouldn't be titled "Spring Cleaning" without the inclusion of spring cleaning. Yes, decluttering and organizing your life is a major way to reduce stress and improve mood. Through the act of folding laundry, cleaning your kitchen, re-organizing papers, or picking up those random objects on your floor, you are helping clear your mind. By becoming more clean and organized, you will feel more in control of your life.


2. Learn something new

Do you feel like your life is lacking meaning or fulfillment? If yes, then consider asking yourself what will help you feel more fulfilled. What is something you've always wanted to learn? Taking on a new hobby such as making pasta from scratch is something you want to master? Or how about learning to play guitar? Or learning about your ancestors? The possibilities are endless. Tune into something you are curious about. Maybe that curiosity will turn into a new passion.


3. Check on physical health

How we take care of our bodies greatly affects our mental wellbeing. Think about how you can live a healthier life. Is there a time you can make space for a yoga session or a trip to the gym? Is your diet full of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, protein, and all those awesome nutrients? Listen to what your body is telling you and go to a doctor if you have any questions.


4. Discover new forms of relaxation

It's no surprise that relaxing feels good. However, we often get caught up in the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life with social media and intense news cycles lurking over our heads. Find a time to give yourself the gift of relaxation. There are so many ways to relax. Go to a health store and smell some essential oils; consider buying one that you have a connection to. Book a massage and release that tension in your lower back. Curate a playlist of all your favorite songs. Take a walk in nature.


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