“We are used to cleaning the outside house, but the most important house to clean is yourself, your own house, which we never do.” – Marina Abramov
WOOHOO! SPRING IS HERE!!!
As the weather starts to get warm enough to open the windows to let the winds carry the dust out of your house, we often find ourselves itching to organize and declutter our homes. Once our closets and drawers are tidy and the dust has been swept away, it’s time to focus on you. And for those introspective personalities, your mental well-being.
Yes, spring cleaning is not just for your home! You can clean-up mental clutter, renew your mind, and fill your soul by following and maintaining a mindset that puts YOU at the top of your priority list. Right where it should be.
According to the Global Wellness Institute, the global wellness industry is estimated to be close to $4 trillion dollars and growing. And in recent years, the taboo of seeking physical, emotional, and mental healing appears to be a thing of the past. Many are more open to the idea of wellness practices and are not just for people with deep-rooted problems, but for people wanting to work through and move past plaguing issues.
If you are ready to begin your Spring Cleaning You checklist, give these 5 ideas a try to get you started.
1. REFOCUS YOUR LENS
It’s interesting when examining a picture, within a group setting, everyone notices different things. This is because we all see things that stand out, impress, or what we appreciate more. All based on our own lives, experiences, and belief systems. What’s even more interesting is when I (myself) come back to a picture, I will notice things I did not originally see. Given this, I believe we (all) can refocus our lenses.
Refocusing our lenses can be accomplished once we can understand and appreciate we all see (perceive) differently. Even when it comes to comparing you too well, you.
It is vital to allow yourself to not have 100% success at first. Keeping this in mind will make it easier to continue practicing. Refocusing your lens (your brain) is just like training or retraining a muscle. With this, I profoundly believe this is not a simple task. Once you start the practice of refocusing your brain, you will eventually find your mind opening and see more than you thought was there. With refocusing your lens comes many benefits, including, being grateful, able to let go of little things, and avoiding gossip and drama, just to name a few. All are practices I believe to be fundamental in leading a healthy mind and body life.
While forgiving others is a wonderful practice, for this exercise I want you to focus on forgiving yourself. Yes, it’s time to forgive yourself for your past mistakes.
Don’t disown those mistakes, but rather learn from the past, create a “re-do,” if needed. Offer yourself a chance to let go. This will allow you to become clear on your morals and values as they are right now. You will find once you are able to forgive yourself you will be able to turn the page. You will be able to realize and appreciate the past, and most importantly recover from any emotional, physical, and debilitating effects of long-term stress.
3. CULTIVATE RELATIONSHIPS
This includes uncommitting to any friendships or relationships that are leaving you feeling bad about yourself. If you feel unnatural or find yourself gossiping with them, you will continue to create toxicity into your life.
Just as important, recommit to the friendships that leave you happy and fulfilled. Plan a trip or a romantic weekend with your partner to clean up those relationships. And just like dusting off your home, proactively work to dust off the distance with those people that bring good energy into your world!
4. CHASE YOUR DREAMS…LEISURELY
Fueling your passion and life’s dreams can sometimes feel like just that, a dream. More attainable and just as beneficial, is to set aside some time each day to do what makes your soul happy. Getting involved in an activity or in a volunteer organization can beneficial to your health. Use your passions to do some good in the world!
Many of us work so much we forget how great it feels to do something leisurely. Leisure creates relaxation and we all know relaxation is typically on the short list for relieving stress. Do something to make your soul happy! This could be as simple as, painting, writing, gardening, traveling to other cultures, or learning a new language.
Equally important is making sure your career path is meaningful to you. If this is not possible then work to cut out major sources of stress that come with your job. This includes unnecessary spending, clutter, a job you hate, or unhealthy relationships.
Chase the idea of enriching your soul, not riches.
5. LAUGH OFTEN
I left this suggestion last as this is my absolute favorite and most important for your “Spring Cleaning You” checklist. I am so confident in this suggestion, I almost feel if you cannot laugh, you might as well throw out all other suggestions. Devote all your attention to learning to laugh more.
According to a multitude of research studies, laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
If you take life too seriously, you’re going to miss out on a whole lot of good times!
There you have it, a few suggestions to begin your Spring Cleaning You checklist!
When all else fails, just remember this thought to help you reset:
Your mind, body, and spirit are all connected. When one of these factors are off balance, our whole body will feel it on some level. Your emotions can cause physical symptoms and spiritual disharmony can cause emotional systems to break down, and so on.
Take a moment out of your day to assess your state-of-mind, how your body feels, and what your brain is picking up.
After all, your body is the one home that you can not up and leave when things get cluttered and muddy. It’s here for you when you are ready to cultivate a life meant living free and clear of clutter.
Lucid Audio cares about the well-being of its customers and aims to provide audio technology and hearing solutions that allow you to live a happier and healthier life.
To view and shop, our products CLICK HERE.