Spring Cleaning for Your Mind
It’s spring time and as the weather warms up, many of us are opening our windows to let in the fresh air and starting our spring cleaning. It’s a great time of year to get rid of things we don’t need. Spring is also a good time to think about the mental “clutter” like stress, anxiety, racing thoughts or negativity we might be holding on to.
Here are three things you can do to start letting go of this mental “clutter” just as easily as those old sweaters you donated to the thrift store:
- Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness can help quiet your thoughts, relieve anxiety, and relax muscle tension. When you are stressed, it can be hard to focus on the present moment and if you have racing thoughts, the idea of meditation might sound impossible. Don’t worry, just 5 minutes of quiet to focus on your breathing can prepare you to face the day or help you to have more restful sleep. The Mayo Clinic has a great guide on mindfulness, and you might also find phone apps that can help you get started.
- Move Your Body
You don’t need to be a fitness fanatic to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of movement. Moving your body is a wonderful way to release stress, boost your mood, and improve health. Fitting a new workout routine into your busy schedule might feel impossible; but the good news is you can benefit from short bursts of activity and find ways to sneak more movement into your daily life.
- Find Gratitude
So many of our thoughts can be focused on the negative which can affect the way we feel. Did you know with practice you can learn to change how you are thinking and feeling? Studies have shown being grateful can help increase positive thoughts and attitudes helping us actually feel happier and enjoy better relationships. There are many simple ways to find gratitude, even for the things you may not think are great.
You will find with regular movement, mindful breathing and a regular gratitude practice your well-being will increase and you will reduce your anxiety, negative thinking and stress. Get started and clear out that mental clutter!