The spring and summer months are a great time of the year to clean our homes of the dust and dreariness that has accumulated over the winter. This freshness brings new life into the home and makes everything feel better.
But don’t let this practice stop with your house.
You can also use these warm months of the year to do some cleaning in your mind, body and soul. Many suffer with winter depression, which can make things like this even more important. But even if you don’t struggle in the winter months, taking time to check-in with your health is a smart habit to start.
In today’s article, I’d like to take you through 7 strategies that can help you to realign and live a full life.
1. Let Go of a Bad Habit
Bad habits have a way of creeping up during the winter months – whether it’s watching too much TV or having too many snacks. While it’s warm outside, make an effort to let go of a bad habit and replace it with something healthier. Ask yourself:
What is one habit I need to change and how would it impact my life?
Of course, you don’t have to stop with just one! If you’re really on a roll, consider aiming for 3-5 habits to let go of before summertime.
2. Ditch a Limiting Belief
Limiting beliefs hold us back from greatness in so many ways. The trickiest part is that we sometimes don’t even realise what’s happening.
Take an inventory of the things you believe and identify things where you say I can’t.
Those things limit you from reaching your fullest potential. Sure, there are instances where they aren’t beliefs, but facts (e.g. I can’t grow to be 6’0” tall). However, for most things, you’ve simply limited your belief system.
Ditch these beliefs by asking yourself three questions:
- What purpose does this belief serve?
- Why do I believe this?
- Is there a way to change it?
By answering these questions, you’ll begin to see opportunities for growth.
3. Repair a Broken Relationship
Over the years, relationships get broken. Sometimes there is an intentional break caused by a specific circumstance. However, a lot of the time, broken relationships occur because two people have just drifted apart.
This year, consider an attempt at reconciliation.
Sometimes this will mean forgiving others and repairing something that was intentionally broken. But maybe it’s as simple as sending a text to someone you’ve drifted away from over the years.
4. Spend Time in Nature
During the winter months, enjoying the outdoors is a bit more difficult for most of us. Even if you adore the cold weather, you’re limited to how long you can safely spend outdoors.
The moderate to warm climate is the perfect time to get back out into nature!
Nature gives you space to let go of daily cares, reconnect with the present moment and just breathe. Whether it’s going to the park or simply walking out onto your balcony, commit to spending at least 15-30 minutes a day outside.
5. Overcome a Fear
Much like limiting beliefs, fear has a way of holding us back from our potential. Being paralyzed by fear keeps us from enjoying the fullness of life, making new connections and simply basking in the greatness of the world.
Make a list of your fears. To give you a starting point, The Independent reported a survey that outlines some of Britain’s top fears:
- Public Speaking
- Small Spaces
Identify your fears and make a commitment to overcoming them. Maybe you’ll get to fly to a tropical destination to overcome a fear of flying. Or, of course, you could purchase a pet spider to overcome that fear too.
6. Have an Energy Healing Session
“Just as we need to clean our homes and empty out the old junk— it is important to do some spring cleaning with our energy… It is important to clean out the cobwebs and old energy that we have accumulated, especially for anyone who is in a service position where they help or heal others. Often times when in this position, a lot of our clients can attach their energy to us which can leave you feeling lethargic, stuck and drained.”
Of course, I can’t fail to mention the benefits of energy healing!
If you’ve been debating whether or not to try energy healing for the first time, the warm months are a great opportunity to finally give it a shot!
7. Do Some Physical Cleaning
Traditionally, the warm months are spent cleaning up your home. And while this article is focusing on your mind body and soul, performing normal cleaning can actually do double duty.
By having things organised and clean, your mind feels clearer too.
“Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. Messy homes and work spaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Yet, rarely is clutter recognized as a significant source of stress...”
So, make sure not to neglect the dusting and decluttering involved in cleaning your home!
How Are You Cleaning This Year?
Decluttering is a wonderful thing, whether it’s a dusty closet or a messy mind.
I think that the renewing energy of warm months makes this the perfect time to get realigned, don’t you? Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and things just feel hopeful.
Do you have any other strategies you use to refresh your mind, body and soul? I’d love to hear any additional techniques you may have in the comments below!