This time of year brings to mind the tradition of spring cleaning. But our homes aren’t the only place in need of a thorough scrubbing. This spring, give your mental health and disposition the attention they deserve. Here are some helpful pointers. If you’d like to make the process even more fun, ask a friend to help out—the same trick also works wonders for housework.
1. Finally fix that leaky faucet (Do something you’ve always intended)
We all have that leaky faucet or squeaky door in our life that we’ve always intended to fix. Perhaps it’s a book you’ve always wanted to read, or a destination you’ve always meant to visit. Stop putting it off! Decide what you need to do to make it happen, and start working towards that goal. Making one of your wishes come true will open up space in your mind for new dreams and accomplishments.
2. Change the light bulbs (Explore new ideas)
That hard-to-reach bulb in the hall closet could be many things—it could be an old idea you’d like to remove, or an assumption that needs to be replaced. Broaden your horizons by reading an interesting book, or speak with people with original ideas. It’s never too late to reevaluate.
3. Clear out the attic (Transform negative thoughts)
Don’t let that mess in the attic get in the way of your success! We often trap ourselves with our own negative thoughts. Identify the negative thoughts that slow you down, and replace them with positive thoughts that urge you to continue. Let’s be clear that this doesn’t mean all thoughts have to be happy all the time; for instance, the stages of grief are an appropriate response following a loss, and they shouldn’t be ignored or rushed. The point is to focus on healthy thoughts instead of harmful thoughts. It will take time to develop a habit this important, but it will make all the difference.
4. Throw out the old calendars (Evaluate how you spend your time)
Get out of that rut! Just because you’ve always followed one schedule doesn’t mean it always has to be that way. Take a look at the way you spend your time. Would you like to increase the amount of time you spend with friends, or perhaps spend more afternoons out in the garden? You have the final say on your schedule. Let your itinerary reflect what you truly value.
5. Make the bed (Get enough sleep)
Nothing will improve your life faster than getting enough sleep. While seven hours may be enough for some people, others might require ten. If you’re a night owl, try going to sleep an hour or so earlier. While it might take some time to take effect, you can train your body to follow a new sleep schedule. It’s not always easy, but it is worth it. Facing the day well-rested will make a world of difference.
6. Clean out the refrigerator (Eat better)
We could all make changes to our eating habits for the better. This isn’t always about eating less—sometimes it’s just about getting the right nutrients to keep your body healthy and happy. Speak with your doctor about what you need for a healthy diet, and make the necessary changes to your grocery shopping. Look at this as an opportunity to eat appropriate amounts of the foods you love, and possibly discover some new favorites.
7. Open up the doors and windows (Get out into the world)
Bring some sunlight into your life. It’s time for a new adventure. You could travel to a new place or revisit a favorite destination, or perhaps you should just finally visit that local social gathering you’ve been intending to try. Get out into the world, and let some new surroundings transform you.
8. Make some room by giving to charity (Volunteer)
Donating items to a local charity is fantastic, but you’d be surprised at the difference volunteering can make for your disposition. Giving of yourself and your time works wonders. Contact local charities you’d like to be involved with, they are always looking for people to help out and would love to help you get involved. Make a difference in yourself and others.