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Spring Cleaning for Your Mental Health

March 11, 2021


If you’re familiar with spring cleaning, it’s the time of year when many households begin prepping for spring by cleaning out all the clutter that’s been piling up in that corner (or filling up the home office you’ve started referring to as “the junk room”) to start the warm weather off on a clean slate.

Though spring cleaning typically refers to the physical clutter we see in our lives, it’s important to do the same with our mental health clutter! A cluttered mind can lead to adverse affects on both your mental and physical health. Taking stock of what’s been bogging us down can be daunting, but the results always prove well worth the effort! To get started, here are a few simple steps and healthy habits to consider when unpacking the mental clutter that accompanies the rest of the clutter in our lives.

Bad Habits

Now is a great time to reflect on the habits you may have formed that are counterproductive to your well-being. Bad habits can be as minor as eating too many sugary snacks to forming a dependency on a drug like alcohol. Take it slow and focus on one bad habit at a time. Turning new, healthy behaviors into habits can take time and effort, so be kind to yourself during the process.


Negative Thoughts

Spring is a time for renewal and fresh beginnings. Now is the perfect opportunity to get rid of self-deprecating thoughts and self-doubt. Often, our own potential and capabilities can be hindered, stalled or negatively altered due to our own insecurities, when in reality, you are more capable than you let yourself believe. Allow yourself to get out of your own way (and your head) to reach your full potential.


Practice Mindfulness

You may be tired of hearing this one, but there’s a reason it’s so heavily emphasized! Practicing mindfulness doesn’t have to be a long-winded endeavor—for some, mindfulness may be an hour of yoga every day and for others, it may be 10-15 minutes of solitude in the morning to reflect or prepare for the day. Working in time for yourself is so important and will improve your mood, mind and spirit.


Find Gratitude

Negativity is pervasive and all around us, day in and day out. It’s whether or not we allow it to affect us, our day and our mindset that we can control. A great way to emphasize the positive in our lives can be as simple as writing down the things that we’re grateful for, each day. Use one sentence starting with “Today I’m grateful for…” Entries can be as general as, “Today I’m grateful for the clear, blue sky” or as specific as “Today I’m grateful for the legs that carry me through life.” Find three things you’re truly grateful for each day and you’ll find your outlook changing for the better.

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