This is the time of year when, traditionally, we spring clean our homes, but if you are feeling stuck in a rut, tired, stressed or anxious, it can be a great idea to spring clean your life!
Here are a few ideas of how to freshen up your living space AND your head :-).
One: Declutter your space
We tend to gather a lot of stuff at home that we don’t use or need. It fills up the spaces and if it gets too much it starts to affect how we feel. A thorough sort out and throw out can be very therapeutic. You can donate extra stuff to charity, sell it online, have a car boot sale or take things to the tip. You'll be surprised by how much better it feels to have tidier, clearer surroundings.
Two: Clear out your wardrobe
How many clothes have you got in there that you don’t wear? Be honest! Take a deep breath and let them go. You’ll feel better for it. And while you’re at it, if you have a home office, have a go through all the paperwork that’s lying around in piles everywhere (we all do it!), keep only what you need, shred the rest and bask in the clean, tidy space that emerges! You'll then be able to find what you want when you're looking and only have things around you that make you feel good or that serve a purpose, and this will really life your mental energy.
Three: Spring clean your diet
If you’ve found yourself over the winter you’re saying yes to more and more things you know you shouldn’t, it’s time for a rethink. We can all get a little uninspired when it comes to eating healthily. Try experimenting with new recipes. Look online for inspiration, there are tons of great recipes on the internet that will help you to enjoy all that fruit and veg you know you should be eating! And eating more healthily will give you more energy and make you feel more positive.
Four: Let go of toxic people
People who make you feel bad about yourself are not friends. You may have known them a long time, but if they always bring you down, don’t waste any more time or energy on them. This includes friends, work colleagues, even family and close relationships, if they don’t support you or make you feel good around them. This can be difficult to do, but you will soon notice how much better it feels to have supportive people around you and you'll realise how the negative people adversely affected your mood.
Five: Make some "me" time
We all need some time just for us. Maybe just a bubble bath or an exercise class will be enough to perk you up. If you feel in need of something more, yoga, meditation and mindfulness are all great ways to relax. Meditation can help you focus on positivity and calmness, yoga keeps you flexible in body and mind, and relieves stress and anxiety. Find something that works for you and build time into your week for it.
Six: Unplug yourself
We all spend too much time plugged in to social media, computer games, internet browsing, and so on. It's easy and right there at our fingertips. But it can also make us lazy and have us stuck to the couch! Try taking some time out from all that and get outside, meet up with friends in the real world, or just take a walk in the fresh air. All these things can really lift your mood and improve your health.
Seven: Enjoy a little peace and quiet
The modern world is full of noise. With iPods, laptops, smart phones, TVs, we can always be plugged in and listening to something. And this can be worthwhile, educational and fun. But sometimes it’s good to just switch it all off and enjoy the silence. You’ll probably surprise yourself with how much you like it.
Try these ideas out and see how much better you feel! And if you are still feeling stressed or anxious, consider trying hypnotherapy to help you relax, unwind and let go of that clutter in your head.
My name is Tina Taylor and I run Life Hypnotherapy 1-2-1, a hypnotherapy practice in Hull.