Spring Clean Your Self, not Just Your House
Spring Equinox is right around the corner, meaning it’s almost that time of year to clean the house up of clutter that gathered during our winter hibernation. But it’s not only our house that needs cleansing. Spring cleaning is a good reminder to also “spring clean” other parts of your life like your mental and emotional health. Perhaps you’re experiencing elevated levels of stress, or feeling like progress or growth in your life has come to a halt.
It’s natural for our bodies to want to hunker down during the winter months. Millinea ago, this was normal. Today, though, life doesn’t stop from October to March. We’re expected to continue being productive despite the bad weather. Obviously, we make due. Yet, many of us can agree that we feel some degree of the “winter blues” (some of us are even officially diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder) or all around lethargy during winter.
So when you’re clearing your home of all any junk you don’t want around anymore, take a look at what you need to “spring clean” internally. Think of it as another new year; you can start fresh by throwing out those ratty old sweaters, but also by re-assessing areas of your life that you think need work. If you feel your mental health is suffering or isn’t up to snuff, check out the links below and consider these areas for creating change in your life.
Stress and Your Environment
Stress wrecks havoc on the body in numerous ways. You may be well aware of what is causing your stress, but you may not. Here are some ways to reduce and/or eliminate visible and invisible stressors in your life.
Exercise & Nutrition
Our body’s systems are all interconnected and surprisingly delicate when it experiences change. While we can’t be perfect, our mental health is largely influenced by our physical health (and vice versa!).
Injury and Trauma
Injuries and trauma (mentally or physically) can take a long time to heal and their effects can be felt long afterwards. While they may take long to overcome, there are ways to ensure sure you’re making positive progress rather than remaining in the same state.
4. Meaning and Purpose
This is an SCHC favorite. Personal meaning and purpose is something that affects us all whether we can identify it or not. Because it comes in all shapes and sizes, it can be sometimes hard for people to determine what brings them meaning in life (or what would if they don’t have). A lack of meaning can translate into several different lifestyles, including one where addiction is a response.
1. 13 Questions To Help You Find Your Purpose In Life
2. The Human Quest for Meaning and Recovery from Addiction
3. The Happiness Trap: The Difference between Emotional and Meaningful Happiness
4. Our Middle Path to Meaning and Purpose