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So, we are into the first week of March which officially marks the start of Spring, the time when plants start to bud, the sun starts to shine, the light lasts a little longer and because of this, it is the perfect time for a fresh start!

What do you think of when you hear the word Spring? It may be Easter bunnies, daffodils, or a time for giving up that special something for Lent. You may even be considering getting your spring & summer wardrobe ready. Spring cleaning may also come to mind as it is a common tradition to give the house a deep clean from top to bottom at the beginning of Spring, but have you thought about cleaning other parts of your life too? Extending the Spring clean from the house to everything in your life, is the perfect way to heighten your wellbeing and serves as reminder to look after yourself.

Some top tips to help you to spring clean your life include:

  1. Get rid of all rubbish – throw it out, give it away or sell it. If you have not used something in over 2 years, you will most likely never use it again.  Aim to get rid of anything and everything that does not benefit your life in anyway. This includes cleaning out your handbag, your car and old papers.
    If it helps – Use three boxes
    When sorting through cupboards, label three boxes to keep, donate, and throw away. You may need a fourth box for stuff you’re not sure you should keep but can’t throw away on a whim. The not-sure box prevents you from deliberating for hours, but be mindful how much you are squirreling away in this box!
  2. Give your computer a spring clean too. Do you have loads on your desktop? Delete files, only keeping those files on your computer that you use and like. This will improve your computer speed also.
  3. Get better at managing information – information intoxication is a real thing! We are constantly absorbing information that is not of true value to us. Having a cluttered brain can cause you to make many mistakes. Checking our social media accounts and mobile phones can engage our brain to be reactive and constantly on alert with us feeling the need to respond, react, like or indicate an emotion to information from the world at large. Whilst this media can benefit our lives greatly, it can be helpful to us if we can limit our time in these areas, as this can be beneficial in decluttering our mind to information that is not a priority in our lives.

Declutter Your Mind, Simplify Your Life, Find Time to ‘Be

 

Practising mindfulness can support us to declutter our mind and supports our health, cognition & general well-being. Mindfulness does not necessary require us to formally mediate, but this can be greatly beneficial. However cleaning and decluttering our environment can be a way to practice mindfulness. Mindful cleaning can become not chores that you dread, nor ways to strive for a perfect living environment, but ways to practice living in the present moment.

You may wish to consider the following:

When wiping down a surface not doing it thinking, “This kitchen is so dirty!” (judgment) or “I wish people would clean up after themselves!” (expecting things to be different) or “I have a lot of work to do today” (future thinking) or “My son really got on my nerves when he said that this morning” (dwelling on the past). If you find yourself getting caught up in these thoughts, notice & acknowledge these thoughts before returning to the wiping.

Pay attention to your thoughts, body & actions. Practice focusing your attention, notice your thoughts: are you thinking about other things? Are you judging others? Are you wishing things were different? Are you angry? Don’t banish the thoughts, just notice & acknowledge them without getting caught up in them.

When you clean, just clean. Don’t plan, don’t have your mind on the next task as you’re doing the current task. Simply focus on the task at hand.

Do your work with gratitude and compassion. remember to be grateful for what you have, and for the people you have in your life, rather than getting caught up in resentment & bad feeling. Set your intention for doing a task and how it will benefit you and others as this can help you to remember to be mindful.

Leave no trace. This, of course, is a philosophy of those who use the outdoors — to have a minimal impact on the land, to leave only footprints and take only pictures. But what about in our homes and workplaces? These aren’t quite as natural as a lake or mountain, perhaps, but they are our habitats. We must live here, often with loved ones, and so we should be mindful of the impact we’re having on this habitat. Leave no trace means that you don’t leave a mess, that you dispose of your waste properly, that you are respectful of other people in your space.

Wishing you a cleansing March

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