How To Spring Clean Your Life In 5 Steps
We all make declarations on January 1st to become the best possible version of ourselves, because we buy into this whole "new year, new me" dream, but the truth is - it's complete bullshit. On Jan 1st we're still in holiday mode; we have, what feels like, the mother of all hangovers, we're still making our way through all of the festive chocolates, and not to mention it's seriously cold! 100mph winds and an ice rink path isn't exactly the incentive that's going to make me get shit done.
But, it doesn't have to be New Years Day to make changes. There are 364 other days that you're allowed to change, grow and set goals. I personally think that Spring is the perfect time to become the better version of you. A 'Spring clean' isn't just giving your house a good clean, (although it definitely helps), your mind and body deserves a clean slate too.
I know we can't just vacuum our anxiety away, although how great would that be! But there are so many other changes and cleaning that can be done to bring peace, positivity and happiness to our lives.
HOW TO SPRING CLEAN YOUR LIFE IN 5 STEPS
STEP 1: Get inspired!
For posts like this, I like to start with some inspirational quotes to ignite that fire inside of you. By the end of this post I want you to feel inspired and motivated to make the necessary changes in order to better your life, but I need you to meet me halfway here. Change is scary, especially if you're a creature of habit like me, but right now it's just you and me, so open yourself up and let me in.
STEP 2: Visualise your future!
Feeling inspired? Good. To make the changes necessary for your life, you need to stay motivated and have something to strive towards, after all, you are what you manifest. So it's time to visualise what you want to work towards, whether that be your personal life, fitness or work, and create a vision board of some sort.
My top tip for creating a vision board is to set the mood before you begin. You need to be calm, positive and optimistic when it comes to creating a vision board, otherwise you won't truly challenge yourself in the goals you set. So get comfy, and try putting together a playlist that get's you fired up.
Once the mood is set, it's time to think about what you want on your vision board. You could create a vision board on Canva, or Pinterest. Or you could print pictures out and put together a physical vision board. Or you could simply draw a mind map in your notepad. To help you get started, below are some ideas to consider, followed by a few questions to ask yourself:
Self care | Self love | Healthy habits to adopt | Physical health | Romance | Hobbies | Travel | Mental Health | Environment | Creativity | Home interior | Finances | Friendships | Skills | Activism | Family | Volunteering | Projects | Adventures | Bucket List | Education | Career | Charity | Work | Style
What do you love about yourself?
What do you need more of in your life?
What makes you happy?
What can you do to take better care of yourself?
What are your strengths?
What or who inspires you?
What do you want your legacy to be?
STEP 3: De-clutter your life!
Here comes the hard part, de-cluttering your life! If you're anything like me, then you'll find it difficult to part with things and people, but it's one of the most important steps in bettering you and your life. To do this step you really need to keep referring back to your vision board. If, for example, you have fitness or health goals on your vision board, then start in the kitchen and throw away or donate anything that will disrupt achieving your goals.
When it comes to people in your life, things get a bit tricky. It can be so hard to cut people from your life but if they're actively having a negative impact on your mental health, well-being, happiness and future, then it may be time to let them go. You can't be the person you want to be and achieve what you want to achieve, if you have people holding you back.
At the end of the day, the trick to de-cluttering your life is to ask yourself two simple questions when deciding whether to keep or bin - "does it make me happy?" and "does this support the life I'm trying to create?".
STEP 4: Practice gratitude!
Being grateful for the good things we have in our life will create a more positive environment for ourselves, which in turn, will bring more happiness into our lives. Implementing gratitude to your daily life can take a while, but in the end it will: reduce stress, improve your relationships, and create a more positive and healthy mindset. List, every day, what you're grateful for until gratitude becomes second nature to you. I promise you will have a more fulfilling life.
STEP 5: Practice self care!
Finally, it's time to establish and implement a self care routine that will get you on track to becoming the best you that you can be! Practicing self care can be a struggle at times, but you have to remember that it is never selfish to do put your wellness first. I'm planning an in depth article able self care, so for now I'll give you some basic tips on how you can practice self love and care:
> Sleep for 6-8 hours every night.
> Be sure to have 3 meals a day.
> Write your worries down as they appear.
> Reduce your online presence to the bare minimum.
> Buy yourself some flowers.
> Practice saying no to things you don't want to do.
> Drink plenty of water.
> Pamper yourself at least once a week.
> Rid your social media of negativity.
> Keep your workspace and bedroom tidy.
> Keep a journal.
> Make sure to relax your body and mind before going to sleep.
> Recite positive affirmations to yourself.
What are you doing to spring clean your life?
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