By Scrubadoo‘s Jen Hankin
Last Spring we brought you a tutorial on how to Spring Clean Your Scrubs. Now let’s kick it up a notch, and Spring Clean Your Soul! I’m just counting down till Memorial Day, but before I can enjoy the long weekend, it’s spring cleaning time.
It’s no wonder Spring is the time we get motivated to tidy up our work and home lives or get motivated with new projects and goals. Spring is, after all, the season of renewal!
Whatever your goals may be, internal or external, here are five ways to replenish your soul and start off on a new path to health and happiness.
1. Take a fresh look at your life.
Sometimes this is just as simple as taking a deep breath with your eyes closed. It’s important to envision yourself practicing your new way of life. It’s that pattern of positive reinforcement that will kick old habits to the curb!
2. Reach out to others.
Find people in your life whom you trust — family, friends, coworkers, or like-minded group members — and tell them what you’re embarking on. It can be motivating to tell people that you’re looking for a new job, or that you’re quitting smoking, or have started back at the gym. We have the greatest reason to continue if we’re doing it all together; that’s community. Others will help you when you waver, and you can be there for them if they find their old patterns starting to return.
3. Let nature inspire you.
If you’re wanting to make a fresh start in your life and clean out old cobwebs that have been holding you back, all you have to do is go outside and quietly observe life going on around you. Sit outside for lunch, or better yet, take a vacation!
4. De-clutter your life.
Clutter is a crutch. Whether it’s in your closet, desk, refrigerator, attack or garage. It’s a distraction and can keep you from reaching your new goals. Take a weekend, invite the whole family to help and clean it up! You will feel lighter and ready to reach new heights!
5. Embrace the challenge.
Challenge is normal. It’s what makes us stronger and smarter and more resilient. If the behavioral change you’ve committed to seems too daunting, simply adjust your attitude and focus on putting one foot in front of the other. The Huichol people don’t look at the size of the steep hill when they’re planting. They just plant one kernel at a time and keep at it until, seed by seed and row by row, they’ve planted the entire hillside with corn.
Source: Huffington Post
Now all that is left to do is start! One step at a time!