Spring Cleaning and Your State of Mind

Make a list of things you need to do
Make a list of things you need to do

Just recently I shared with you folks some ideas related to spring cleaning, de-cluttering your home and office for increased peace of mind, and for a freshly clean home. It is true that when there is clutter, it can make things seem out of control. Getting control of the “stuff,” can create a feeling of satisfaction. Besides the help that comes as peace of mind, there are other things one might due to spring clean the mind and spirit. The key is to get rid of the clutter that our minds collect. How does a person do that? Let me tell you.

Exercise is a great way to escape. You don’t have to run marathons or bench press 200 pounds to feel the benefit. Exercising allows you to get away from phone calls, emails, and other intrusions. Even if it is just a short getaway, the benefits are still there. You have time to be alone with your thoughts, sort out problems, and review how your day has been.

Something that is closely related is turning off the electronics, phones, video games, etc. Make one day a no digital day. For some people this is going to be a fate worse than death, but it can be done. Less distractions equals more time to relax and de-stress. 24/7 availability is made possible with all of our devices, but if a person doesn’t get some down time, the brain becomes cluttered.

I am a list maker. That is one way to take the load off one’s mind. If what you need to do is written down you don’t have to store the to do list in the brain. You also don’t have to go over and over it in your head because you are worried you will forget something. The other type of list is one in which you record things you want to work through or dilemmas that are pressing on your mind. Then prioritize some of them to help you gain some clarity. Journal, anyone? These help as well.

Sometimes we dwell on things, or should I say brood over things. Why not talk about these things with a trusted relative or friend. Not only does it help to have someone share your burdens, but they may present you with some ideas that will help your situation that you didn’t come up with on your own. A fresh perspective can do wonders.

Honestly speaking, there will be times when no matter how much thought and effort you put into things, there are some things that won’t be resolved. Instead of feeling defeated, accept that these are part of life. Focus on what you can control – your attitude and feelings. As the wise journalist Paul Harvey was quoted as saying, “In times like these it helps to recall there have always been times like these.”

Happy Spring! Hoping you get your spring cleaning done for a happier, stressless you.

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