Spring, what a lovely time of year! The weather begins to warm, the sky becomes bluer, and the snow melts. We find grass that has laid dormant in the cold winter months and see the leaves and flowers begin to bloom again. Longer days, more sunshine and everything is green and fresh. It’s spring, and it’s time to get outside.
With this season of new life, we can become inspired to do the same in our own lives. Perhaps it’s doing some spring cleaning in your home, buying some new clothes, or engaging in some outdoor activities. This time of “newness” refreshes your soul and your spirit. Even the smallest changes in your life can inspire and promote growth.
Spring also offers us an opportunity to look inward and take notice of what’s going on inside. It’s the perfect time to let go of anything negative you may be holding onto. What has built up over the winter? Anything that doesn’t serve your well-being may be holding you back from a new beginning or from bringing love into your heart…let it go.
Here are 3 tips to freshen up your perspective and do some spring cleaning-inside and out:
Take A Good Look Within
It’s time for a bit of introspection. Look back at your New Year’s resolutions for 2018. Did you set any intentions or goals for this year? Did you make a vision board?
If yes, re-evaluate them. What’s working? What’s not? Has anything on your vision board come into reality yet? If yes, how grateful does that make you feel? If your visions are not yet a reality, take a moment to reflect on why so you can re-direct your path.
How about your resolution? Often, the goals we set for ourselves in January can evolve and change over time, so don’t fret if your plans have not quite worked. Release any judgement and adjust course according to your new priorities.
If you did not yet set any intentions or create a vision board, you could get working on it now! Any time of year is a good to begin anew- especially Spring!
De-Clutter Your Surroundings
Your home is the most obvious target for spring cleaning and can have a huge effect on your emotional well-being.
Clutter (aka things we don’t use or need) can be a product of our busy modern lifestyles…and materialism. We often find we have too much stuff that we never use- which clutters our space and can cause us to be overwhelmed or even stressed. Commit to living more simply this spring.
Declutter your kitchen from those extra dishes and cooking gadgets that you never use. How many freebie coffee mugs are sitting in your cabinets? How many plastic containers have no lids? What are you actually using? What can you say goodbye to?
The same goes for your closets. Evaluate what you’ll really wear and what you’ll truly need. Those shirts that have been hanging in your closet (with the tags on) for the last few years or those jeans that no longer fit…you probably are not going to wear.
**PS: Don’t forget to donate what you don’t need to your local charity!
Shed the Winter Dullness
It’s time for self-care! Do something good and relaxing for your body, something that makes you feel cleaner, lighter, and more radiant. The mind-body connection is powerful, and it’s important to take care of them both in order to feel your best.
It can be as simple as getting outside in the sun, taking a hike, doing some gardening, or even taking a long luxurious hot bath at the end of a long day.
Treat yourself to a haircut, a massage or a facial. Or, detox your skin at home with an activated charcoal soap. Activated charcoal penetrates deep below the skin’s surface to pull and give you a fresh glow. Coconut oil and sugar can make a sweet body scrub. Don’t worry too much about being luxurious; it’s more about the cleansing intention behind your ritual.