Spring is in the Air! Well if you are in the South, you know Spring has not quite sprung yet. Spring offers a great opportunity to clean some of your old habits and implement a fresh start. I encourage most of my clients to seek ways to improve their self-care by first organizing their environment. I suggest starting with cleaning and organizing your home and even planting beautiful plants outside. I also suggest making a schedule of each task you would like to complete and tracking your progress. I decided to clean my closet this spring and I was so impressed about how I began to think clearly and not feel overwhelmed due to this unfinished task being completed. I believe that once we start to de-clutter our environment it purifies our thoughts and provides some additional mental space, which then provides with you with a sense of peace.
People in Your Life
If you are an Empath, you probably like me, carry everyone's baggage and problems. While you are working towards detoxing your home and promoting positive mental health, look at the people that are around you. Ask yourself if those around you beneficial to you and if the will hurt or harm your ability to achieve positive mental health. If the answer is no, it may be time to do some spring cleaning and remove those people from your life. Think of it this way, once you clean your home, would you allow someone with muddy boots to track mud on your freshly cleaned carpet? Absolutely not! You would tactfully ask that person to remove those boots or leave your home. Sometimes we have to ask those in our life causing stress or aiding in negative mental health to either become supportive or leave our lives. This includes family members, friends and significant others. This can be a difficult boundary to set for loved ones, significant others or family members but I strongly believe that if a person is bringing negative energy or abuse into your space, it may be time to separate from that individual. You will feel relieved once that bad energy is removed from your space and it will provide an opportunity to practice self-care.
I Cleaned, Now What?
Now that you have done some spring cleaning, it is now time to practice self-care! Treat yourself to a spa day, get a manicure/pedicure, read that book that you have not read since last summer, plan a family vacation, take a walk, go camping, get that passport and book a cruise, invite family over for dinner, have lunch with friends, dance the night away, or simply plan a rest weekend and do absolutely nothing. Practicing self-care is very important in achieving positive mental health. The bills, family drama, work related stress, and other worries will always be there! Try focusing on you this season and all year long. I challenge you to plan 2 self-care days each month this season and please comment below how this has assisted you in achieving positive mental health and even encouraged you to focus more on your personal needs. Remember you can not pour from an empty cup and what overflows is for everyone else....fill that cup up and give everyone else the overflow!